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June 1, 2016 / 24 Iyar, 5776

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Court Rules Against Boy Who Sang Israel’s National Anthem on Temple Mount

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Avraham Fuah, who spent last night in jail, told the court at his hearing today that he doesn’t understand why he was arrested for on the Temple Mount yesterday for singing HaTikva, Israel’s national anthem – as he broke no laws in doing so, according to a TPS report.

Fuah also described to the court how the police acted violently towards him.

The State Prosecutor actually claimed that Fuah had bowed down on the floor [in prayer] during his arrest, Fuah pointed out that the policeman threw him down to the ground while arresting him, and he was injured as a result.

In the video you can see one policeman grab Fuah by the chin and face as he sings HaTikva, turning him around and physically silencing him by covering his mouth.

Judge David Shaul Gabai Richter ruled that by singing Israel’s national anthem in front of Israeli police on the Temple Mount, Fuah endangered the public’s safety.

The judge decided, according to the Hakol Hayehudi website, that there was reasonable suspicion that Fuah sang Israel’s national anthem as an “act of demonstration”.

The judge concluded, “It goes without saying that the state symbols, including the national anthem, are protected by law and the company’s core values. Freedom of expression is also a fundamental right in society, but this freedom can be withdrawn when there is a real concern and probability that a certain expression will cause a disturbance.”

The judge ruled that Fuah is banned from visiting the Temple Mount for the next 15 days.

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Israeli MK Hanin Zoabi Sentenced to Slap on the Wrist

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi received a suspended sentence of six months’ imprisonment Sunday morning and a fine of NIS 3,000, plus three years of probation.

The slap on the wrist was handed down after the Joint Arab List MK signed a plea bargain agreement with outgoing Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein last December.

Zoabi was convicted on a charge of causing disgrace to a public servant, instead of being charged with racism and incitement to violence.

The indictment and conviction followed an July 2014 incident in which Zoabi was verbally whipping up a mob of Israeli Arabs outside a court house in Nazareth. She was encouraging the mob to spit in the faces of Israeli Arab police officers who were securing the site, taunting them, calling them “traitors” and telling the crowd “they should be scared of us.”

Hana Levi Julian

Shaked Praises Court Ruling on Deporting African Infiltrators

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

(JNi.media) Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) said she was pleased with a court ruling on a modified government plan dealing with illegal migrants from Africa and said that “Israel’s hands used to be tied when it came to solving the difficult problem of infiltration. Today we’ve reached a breakthrough that will allow for the State of Israel to act openly in passing infiltrators to third countries.”

The Be’er Sheva District Court on Sunday rejected a petition filed by refugee rights groups, against the arrangement that allows indefinite confinement in the Saharonim detention center for individuals “who refuse to leave to a third country,” NRG reported. Judge Rachel Barkai ruled that “after its revisions, the new outline regarding procedures for monitoring and supervising the implementation of the arrangements by third countries stand the test of integrity and is free from defects and flaws.”

The petition was filed last July on behalf of two asylum seekers who were about to be imprisoned indefinitely in Saharonim after having refused to leave for Rwanda, as well as on behalf of the Center for Refugees and Immigrants, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), Physicians for Human Rights, Kav La’Oved, ASAF – an aid organization for refugees and asylum seekers in Israel, and ARDC – the African Refugee Development Center. These petitioners argued that it is uncalled for to imprison anyone who refused to leave for a country where they would not be safe, and would be forced to embark on a dangerous journey from there.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Silvan Shalom (Likud) said that “Confirming the removal of infiltrators to third countries (other than their own) is the humane and just solution, ensuring the safety and security of the citizens of Israel on the one hand and of the infiltrators into Israel on the other.” Shalom added, “I believe that the flow of infiltrators leaving Israel, which will increase, will enable Israel to restore peace to the neighborhoods and residents of the periphery.”

The vast majority of complaints against illegal migrants in Israel came from the underprivileged neighborhoods around the country where they chose to settle—seeking cheap housing. The problem widened the rift between Israel’s well to do citizens, who empathized with the suffering asylum seekers, and the poor Israelis who had to share their neighborhoods with them.

The court ordered a stay of the judgment for 21 days, to allow the filing of an appeal with a higher court. Judge Barkai also recommended that the state consider delaying the implementation of the new policy by a few months, to test the regularity and integrity of the oversight process for monitoring the migrants’ departures.

JNi.Media

State Attorney to Demand Perpetrators Pay for Damage on Jerusalem Light Rail

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Israeli authorities have decided there is more to deterrence in Jerusalem than simply imposing jail time.

Terrorists who hurled rocks at the city’s Light Rail cars and caused damage to its windows will now also be hit with civil lawsuits as well.

The State Attorney’s office will seek a fine of NIS 40,000 from any terrorist age 18 and up who causes damage in a rock attack on the Light Rail, according to the Hebrew-language Ynet site.

The civil unit of the State Attorney’s office is slated to present two claims in which it will demand the court to order the perpetrator to pay the fine for each window broken.

The NIS 40,000 equals the cost of replacing a standard train window, and is the amount paid by the municipality to CityPass, the company that owns the Light Rail line.

A large locomotive window costs three times as much: NIS 120,000.

Police officials believe that terrorists who are hit in the pocket in addition to other penalties hurt as much or more than when they are only hit with jail time.

Hana Levi Julian

GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Reports for Jury Duty

Monday, August 17th, 2015

U.S. GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump left the campaign trail on Monday to report for jury duty in New York.

“The Donald” arrived in a black limousine at Manhattan Supreme Court, where he was greeted by a crowd of approximately 100 reporters and television crew members.

Trump was fined $250 in March by a state judge for failing to respond to five summonses since 2006 to serve jury duty. The fine was ultimately waived, however, and a representative of the Trump Organization said the prior notices had been sent to a wrong address.

“Any assertion that Mr. Trump doesn’t take his civic responsibilities seriously is absolutely false and only being used as an attempt to discredit his stellar reputation,” said Michael Cohen, executive vice president and special counsel to the Trump Organization in a statement. Cohen added that Trump would have complied if he had received the notices.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Bank Settles NY Fed Court Case over Hamas Terror Attacks

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Jordan’s Arab Bank Plc has agreed to an out-of-court settlement with 500 U.S. citizens in a lawsuit charging the bank with fiscal liability for Hamas terrorist attacks during the second intifada.

The bank was set to face the start of a trial on Monday with 17 plaintiffs that was to determine the potential amount of total financial damages to be paid, an amount that could have reached millions of dollars.

Michael Eisner, attorney for the plaintiffs, confirmed the settlement on Friday, as did a spokesperson for the Arab Bank. Neither disclosed the terms of the agreement, which are to be finalized over the next few months.

The Arab Bank was accused of knowingly maintaining accounts for Hamas operatives and facilitating payments to families of suicide bombers and those imprisoned or injured during the second intifada, beginning in 2000.

Arab Bank argued it had properly screened account holders and transactions against lists of designated terrorist organizations.

In September 2014 a jury in federal district court in Brooklyn, New York found the bank liable under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act for 24 terror attacks carried out by Hamas terrorists more than a decade ago in and around Israel.

The Bank of China, Credit Lyonnais SA, HSBC Holdings Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, among others, are all facing similar claims.

Hana Levi Julian

Ehud Olmert Found Guilty of Fraud in ‘Talansky Affair’

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty of fraud and breach of trust on a retrial in what has become known as the ‘Talansky Affair.’

The ruling was a unanimous decision handed down by a three-judge panel. Olmert is to be sentenced on May 7.

In 2012, Olmert was acquitted on charges of accepting bribes in cash-stuffed envelopes from New York businessman and philanthropist Morris (Moshe) Talansky. Among the charges were allegations the money changed hands during the time that Olmert served as mayor of Jerusalem and as a minister of trade and industry, before becoming prime minister.

Former Olmert confidant and office manager Shula Zaken paid a high price for her loyalty when she was convicted along with many others. But Zaken was sent to prison with a much lighter sentence resulting from a plea bargain deal in the second corruption case in which Olmert was convicted and sentenced last year. Also in connection with that deal, 

Zaken became a state’s witness in that trial, providing evidence in the form of tape recorded conversations with her boss about receiving the cash.

Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the district court to re-open the current case to hear that evidence, which led to his retrial in the Talansky affair, three years after his acquittal.

Nearly a year ago, in May 2014, Olmert was convicted on charges of taking bribes while serving as mayor of Jerusalem, and sentenced to six years in prison.

The massive Jerusalem real estate scandal known as the “HolyLand affair” rocked the country, bringing one major name after another into the District Court.

Olmert’s attorneys said they would vigorously appeal today’s (Monday, March 31, 2015) verdict, as they did with that last year.

Hana Levi Julian

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