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NY Jury Finds PLO, Palestinian Authority Financially Liable for American Victims of Terror

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

A jury in New York federal district court has found the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority guilty of supporting terrorists in carrying out attacks in which Americans died — a decision in an international case that has dragged on 10 years.

Oddly, not one national network carried “breaking news” about the verdict when it was announced, nor was it mentioned on evening newscasts. No one missed rehashing the previous night’s Oscar awards, the previous day’s video call by al-Shabaab to attack the Mall of America, and various local news events.

The jury found the PA and the PLO knowingly provided support for at least six terrorist attacks in which U.S. citizens were killed and wounded between 2002 and 2004. The plaintiffs were awarded $215.5 million in damages. However, the lawsuit by 10 families comprised of some 36 members was filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act, which actually triples the award of damages, raising the total to $655.5 million.

The law allows U.S. citizens who are victims of international terrorism to sue their attackers in United States court. Eight of the victims were physically injured but all were deeply scarred emotionally by the attacks, testimony showed. Also included among the plaintiffs were the estates of four victims who were murdered in the attacks.

The verdict came in the seventh week of a civil trial that included emotional testimony from survivors of suicide bombings and other attacks in Jerusalem.

More than 450 people were injured, including some permanently maimed, and 33 people died in the attacks.

The targets included a crowded bus stop, a public bus and a school cafeteria on the campus of Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Many of those involved in the planning and operational aspects of the attacks were proven to have been actual employees of the Palestinian Authority.

In addition, plaintiffs documents that the PA had paid salaries to terrorists imprisoned in Israel – and followed up with “martyr stipends” to the families of suicide bombers.

The practice continues to this day, with such payments promised as incentive to commit future attacks.

Last September, a Brooklyn jury found the Arab Bank liable in a case filed by 300 victims of 24 terrorist attacks for supporting terrorism via Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization. The case has yet to be concluded, with damages to be set in a second trial.

Hotovely Wins Court Appeal against Likud Recount of Ballots

Monday, January 26th, 2015

The sorry saga of Likud party’s slate of candidates for the elections to the Knesset retook another bump on the head Monday afternoon with a Tel Aviv District Court order to halt a recount of ballots that a lower court ordered.

More than 50 percent of the votes had been recounted before the court issued its ruling today.

The court ruled that the judicial system had no right to interfere in the Likud party’s court ruling concerning the recount.

The appeal to the civil district court was filed by Knesset Member Tzipi Hotovely, who was elected to the 20th place on the list after a party recount found her ahead of challenger and former Cabinet minister and MK Avi Dichter.

Dichter filed and won an appeal to a lower civil court for a complete recount and he is probably will appeal today’s decision to the Supreme Court.

The Likud has a scant three days to meet the Thursday deadline to announce its candidates.

The Likud party manages to make a mess of its primary elections almost every time, but this year was exceptional.

Maybe it has something to do with the Shmittah?

 

Court Bars Tearing Down Terrorist’s Home because He Failed to Kill Glick

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

The Israeli Supreme Court has accepted a petition by a human rights group arguing that the home of the Jerusalem Arab who nearly assassinated Yehuda Glick should not be demolished.

Regarding the terrorists from the Har Nof massacre, the justices rejected the appeal against Israel’s destroying the homes of the terrorists.

The court also ruled that the home of a tractor terrorist can be destroyed.

Glick was almost killed but made a miraculous recovery and stood on his own today for the first time since he was shot four times in the chest two months ago.

The human rights lawyers argued that the policy has not undergone a legal review for several years, and that demolition of homes as punishment and deterrence violates international law against collective punishment.

The justices stated there are “moral dilemmas” with the policy, but that the gravity of the murders justifies Israel’s policy.

Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, who wrote the ruling for the panel of three justices, warned that security officials in the future will have to provide evidence that the policy is effective.

That puts the defense establishment in the position of having to prove an hypothesis. How can it provide evidence that terrorism would be worse if homes were not destroyed?

How can it prove that the policy works? Because there were “only” two deadly terrorist attacks a month instead of four?

Or perhaps the court wants to know if victims like Glick ”only” were wounded and not killed?

On the other hand, the justices did have the intelligence to note that there is no need to destroy the home of the Jews behind the gruesome murder by fire of an Arab youth. Their reasoning was, according to the court, that the almost universal denouncement of the murder by Jews makes it obvious that demolition is not needed to deter other Jews from killing Arabs.

Rabbi Yehuda Glick Pleads to Return to Temple Mount

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

On Sunday the Jerusalem District Court held a hearing into the question of whether to continue a restraining order issued by the court against Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick.

The matter was raised by Glick in response to the restraining order, which Glick contended prevented him from earning a living.

The restraining order had been issued after a complaint was filed by an Arab woman who claimed that Glick had pushed her on the Temple Mount.

Because Glick was unable to physically appear in court due to ill health — this, following an assassination attempt last month by an Arab terrorist who pumped four bullets into his chest at point-blank range — Glick instead sent a detailed letter to the Court in which he listed his claims.

Here are some key points of the letter, before you read the whole thing:

With regard to the case in question, the plaintiff wishes to accuse me of assault. She first claimed that the event occurred on 2 September 2014, but after I proved that I was not at the Temple Mount that afternoon, the respondent changed the story and stated the event occurred on 31 August 2014.

As a religious Jew coming to the Temple Mount, I am always accompanied by police, who stand right beside me. It should be noted that two police officers and one commanding officer that were from the area warned the plaintiff that they did not see the events for which she filed the complaint.

It is inconceivable that I would push a woman, let alone knock her to the ground, without all of the police officers in the area having seen such an event.

All of my tours on the Temple Mount are conducted with participants and Arab elements in place, and watched by police through fixed and mobile video security cameras. I was fully apparent and visible at the scene from four different angles. Anyone can see that I am the victim here — yet instead of reacting in self-defense, I turn and ask police in the area to distance the rioters.

The courts are expected to decide either this Thursday, or Tuesday next week whether or not to extend or cancel the restraining order.

Here is Yehuda Glick’s letter (translated):


“I really wanted to participate in the discussion of my appeal against the decision to bar me from the Temple Mount,” wrote Glick. “But as is well known, an attempt was made on my life on October 29, 2014 by a Muslim extremist (from this alone one easily learns who is the attacker, and who is the attacked, with regard to those who choose to go up to the Temple Mount.)

“After ten days in which I was sedated and on a respirator, and an additional week in which I remained in intensive care, plus an another week in the Department of Surgery, just a few days ago I was released for the purpose of extensive rehabilitative services. Despite that, I requested permission to participate in these court proceedings; however, this past Shabbat I became severely weakened and thus cannot appear physically in the court room.

Therefore, I respectfully request the court herewith accept this letter in lieu of my appearance and verbal testimony:

For 25 years, since 1989, I have guided groups in to the Temple Mount. To this day, I teach hundreds of groups, including thousands of participants, including Jews and non-Jews, secular and observant alike.

In recent years, this activity has become the means for my livelihood, and I guide groups sometimes three to four times a day.

With regard to the case in question, the plaintiff wishes to accuse me of assault. She first claimed that the event occurred on 2 September 2014, but after I proved that I was not at the Temple Mount that afternoon, the respondent changed the story and stated the event occurred on 31 August 2014.

It should be noted that the plaintiff does not claim, God forbid, that I attack on a regular basis, but rather claims it to be a single event.

It should be noted that since the so-called “incident” I have gone up to the Temple Mount eight times, and at no point has any such event occurred. (all during September 2014) Thus it is clearly proven there is no danger to the public at the Temple Mount vis a vis any event relating to my self.

As a religious Jew coming to the Temple Mount, I am always accompanied by police, who stand right beside me. It should be noted that two police officers and one commanding officer that were from the area warned the plaintiff that they did not see the events for which she filed the complaint.

Pamela Geller Sues MTA for Rejecting Anti-Hamas Jihad Parody

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Activist blogger Pamela Geller is petitioning New York federal court to force the city’s Metro Transportation Authority to accept an anti-Hamas ‘MyJihad’ ad campaign.

Geller filed the lawsuit against the New York MTA on Wednesday in Manhattan federal court.

Geller writes the ‘Atlas Shrugged’ blog and heads the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative. She is petitioning the court to force the MTA to accept a bus advertisement that includes the phrase “Hamas Killing Jews,” according to ABC News.

The MTA had rejected the ad last month, claiming it could incite violence. MTA director of safety and security Raymond Diaz released a statement on September 19, saying the ad “would lead reasonable observers to interpret it as urging direct, violent attacks on Jews, given turmoil in Gaza, Syria and Iraq and New York city’s heightened security concerns.”

Court papers indicate that Geller’s group planned to express its views with a series of ads on public issues, “including issues such as Islam’s hatred of Jews.”

According to Geller, the MTA agreed to display three out of four of the ads, Jewish Business News.com reported.

Excluded was one with the line, “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah.” “That’s his Jihad. What’s yours?” Alongside the quote a face appears covered with a white and black-checkered keffiyeh.

The quote is a parody of an ad campaign by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) which promotes the concept of “MyJihad” – namely, that “jihad” or “Islamic holy war” is an individual personal struggle, and not necessarily always about violent terrorism.

Geller’s lawsuit cites “ongoing terrorism by Hamas operatives against Israeli civilians in the name of Islamic jihad” and says the rejected ad is therefore timely.
The suit adds that the ad has been displayed in other cities – including Chicago and San Francisco – with no violent reactions.

Olmert’s Lawyers Claims $500,000 Bribe Not Such a Big Deal

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The judge who will sentence former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for bribery admonished his lawyer for claiming that the conviction over %400,000 of money is only small change.

The prosecution on Monday asked the court to sentence Olmert to six years in jail and fine him more than $300,000.

Olmert’s attorneys, as expected, asked for a much lighter punishment, but his lawyer’s comment on the sum of the bribes says a lot about the workings of the minds of the political-legal-business establishment that has its hands in the taxpayers’ pockets.

Olmert took the stand to deny his guilt, and he no doubt believes he did nothing wrong because bribes are simply a means to justify the end of building businesses and personal empires in Israel. It is something like so-called religious leaders taking bribes to promote yeshivas and charities, all in the “name of God.”

Somewhere between the lines, there seems to be a violation of the Third Commandment, “You shalt not take the name of God in vain,” but let’s leave that for Him to decide.

Eli Zohar, one of Olmert’s attorneys, told the court that his poor and mistreated client “already has seen punished” by the heartless media that have caused him “insufferable damage” and “blackened his image,” which already was blacker than nothingness except for the die-hard leftist media and politicians who held out hope that the world can survive upside down.

The conviction, of course, was justice at its worst according to Olmert, partly because of the testimony of his former close aide Shuli Zakan, who finally decided it would be best to tell the truth – or as Olmert claims, to frame him – and spend a few less years in jail.

Olmert accused the media of creating a circus out of her testimony and making it impossible for him to receive a fair trial. He is right if the definition of a fair trial is “not guilty.”

Zohar had the audacity to tell the court that Olmert was charged with four counts of bribery but was convicted “only” on two charges,

What a righteous person! Such a great Tzadik, he is.

Not only that, but Zohar also stated that the $500,000 Olmert pocketed illegally is not such a significant sum of money. That just goes to show what is “big” money for the political-legal-business complex.

What’s half a million dollars? That was the attitude of Ephron, the landowner in Biblical Hebron when he negotiated with Avraham over the sale of the Cave Of the Patriarchs to bury Sarah.

The Arab understanding of “negotiations” hasn’t changed from then through today. After congenial talks in which Ephron told Avraham to take the land and after Avraham said, “Look, I know this game. How much do you want?” Ephron kept a straight face and said, “Oh, just some symbolic price, like 400 shekels of silver.” By some estimates, that is around $40,000 in today’s currency.

The judge was taken aback by Zohar’s comment and told him, “What are you talking about. That is a huge sum of money. This is not 20,000 shekels and not 50,000 shekels. I find it difficult accept your argument.”

In other words, Olmert is headed for the slammer – except for one big detail. After his sentencing May 13, He will appeal to the Supreme Court, and unless the justices break a record and give the case the priority it should have, Olmert may be out of jail for months or more.

Showcase ‘Price Tag’ Indictments Turn Out to Be a Witch Hunt

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

A Jerusalem court has thrown out “showcase” indictments against three supposed “price tag” vandals and has hung another black cloud over the police and the office of the Attorney General, all of whom appear to be on a witch hunt.

The latest black eye for government prosecutors was dealt by Jerusalem Court Judge Avital Chen, who ruled there was no basis for charges that three youth from Samaria were planning to carry out some sort of attack  on Arab property.

The rejection of the government case came only a short time after a three-judge Jerusalem court unanimously ruled against the government’s charges of breach of public trust against Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who has been hounded on various charges for more than a decade.

Many rightwing leaders have charged that dozens of police arrests of supposed price tag vandals are an attempt to blame innocent people for crimes that they say are being carried out by Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) agents trying to make the nationalist movement look illegitimate.

Considering the increasing number and severity of price tag vandalism, the accusations against the Shin Bet sound like self-righteous paranoia.

On the other hand, leftwing activists have accused government prosecutors of purposely treating price tag vandals with soft gloves and failing to convict even one of them over the past three years. Given the proven cases of Arabs damaging their own olive orchards and then blaming Jews, it is not impossible to believe that the Palestinian Authority has ordered the “price tag” operations.

The indictments that were thrown out by the Jerusalem court are the first ones ever to be filed against supposed price tag vandals.

Three young Jewish boys were arrested in September 2011 while they were carrying tools, approximately 300 feet from a vehicle that was not theirs but in which police found bottles of gasoline. Police rejects the youth’s claims that they were using the tools for renovations on a nearby structure.

The police put one and one together and came up with what they thought was two. Government prosecutors at the office of the Attorney General also thought they had done their math and put together their first indictments that were supposed to show that they finally had the goods on price tag culprits.

The court also did its math and flunked the police and prosecutors.

Michael Ironi, a lawyer for the legal aid Honenu organization, said after the court decision, “It is a shame that the Attorney General’s office chose to conduct a trial against the defendants. From the beginning of the case the evidence seemed weak and circumstantial. The suffering caused to the defendants is also regrettable.”

Honenu attorney Rehavia Piltz, who assisted in handling the case, stated, “Even from the beginning it was obvious that much ado was being made out of nothing and now the court has confirmed. It is unfortunate that in the process leading to their exoneration the rights of innocent youths were severely injured over a long period of time.”

The chase after Lieberman and dozens of alleged price tag vandals, despite being unsuccessful, also has a price tag.

“For over two years our lives have been a nightmare,” said one of the youth who finally was exonerated.

“They kept us in remand under severe conditions and falsely accused us of serious crimes,” he added. “If we had not had a religious appearance and the police and the Attorney General’s office had not been so eager to achieve ‘accomplishments’ at the expense of tarnishing the reputation of an entire population, we would not have gone through such a difficult, tortuous legal battle over something we never did.”

Police arrested two of the youth shortly before the Rosh HaShanah holiday in 2011 and convinced the court to extend their remand on the eve of the holiday. The third youth was charged the day after the holiday.

The name of “hilltop youth” in Judea and Samaria  has been muddied with accusations that have never been backed up with indictments, until the “showcase” charges that proved to be unfounded.

Every time a nationalist looks the wrong way at the police or says a bad word about Peace Now, leftwing leaders and media scream “Rabin,”  continuing 18 years of slander against all national religious Jews, and particularly their rabbis, for the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin by Yigal Amir, who lived in metropolitan Tel Aviv and not in Judea and Samaria.

It is no secret that Shin Bet agents infiltrate into communities in Judea and Samaria to incite youth to break the law and then fall prey to being informers to save themselves from prosecution.

It is hard to believe the rightwing claims that Shin Bet agents have carried out all of the price tag attacks to undermine the nationalist movement.

But it also is hard to believe that police continue to harass youth, often with middle-of-the-night arrests, and prosecutors cannot come up with even one indictment that holds any water.

The only missing key in the puzzle is the failure of most national religious leaders to conduct a campaign in their communities and yeshivas to preach against violence and anti-Arab vandalism.

If Jews indeed are guilty of the vandalism and if the police and prosecutors cannot do a better job than they did after investing thousands of hours to nail Lieberman for nothing, something is rotten in the office of the Attorney General.

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