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National Religious Rabbi Appointed Supreme Rabbinical Court Judge While Court Facing Shutdown

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Following a six-hour debate, the nine-member committee to appoint religious court judges on Monday agreed on only one judge out of the seven who must yet be appointed, by order of the State Supreme Court. Over the objection of Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Rabbi Eliezer Igra, a national religious scholar, was elected by a vote of seven in favor and two Haredi members abstaining, to be a Supreme Rabbinical Court Judge, and serve on the very committee that had just elected him.

But the singular appointment of Rabbi Igra will not fulfill the ultimatum issued by Israel’s State Supreme Court, which back in January ordered all the missing positions on the Supreme Rabbinical Court to be filled by Thursday this week, or else all the temporary appointments on the court would be revoked and the court would cease to operate.

Nevertheless, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) called the vote “a tremendous achievement for Habayit Hayehudi,” adding, “I’m very pleased.” She said that the non-Haredi bloc on the committee, which holds a majority of five members, have been suggesting several candidates for the Supreme Rabbinical Court, and they had all been rejected by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas).

Rabbi Igra studied for ten years at the hesder yeshiva Kerem B’Yavneh, served in the IDF Armored Corps and fought in the Yom Kippur War. He was the Talmud study partner of Yoni Netanyahu, the prime minister’s late brother.

The committee ran into several stalemates on Monday, leaving the Supreme Rabbinical Court short-handed, after several of its members have retired. The Haredi committee members were able to torpedo the proposed appointments of Rabbis David Bass and Uriel Lavi to the supreme religious court, and the National Religious members, for their part, were able to block new appointments the Haredim desired to several local rabbinic courts.

The only reason Rabbi Igra received his appointment had to do with the bad blood between the Sephardi and Ashkenazi chief rabbis, according to the website Haredim 10. Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau joined the National Religious to usher in Rabbi Igra as revenge against Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef for appointing Shas member Moshe Dagan as the Chief Rabbinate CEO over Rabbi Lau’s fierce objection.

David Israel

US Defense Official to Court: Pollard Still Security Risk

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

National Intelligence Director James Clapper claims that recently freed Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, who spent the past 29 years behind bars in a maximum security prison, where national security information was not readily available, presumably, nevertheless still holds information that could harm American national security, which is why he must endure the strict parole conditions imposed on him for the next five years. These include not permitting him to move to Israel, where he has been granted citizenship.

Clapper submitted a document to a New York court and the parole commission handling Pollard’s case saying that Pollard continues to hold “sensitive and confidential information classified as top secret” that could harm American national security, Israel’s Channel 10 News reported Friday.

US District Court in the Southern District of New York on Tuesday granted Pollard a hearing of his appeal against the parole conditions, which require him to wear a GPS device that violates Shabbat and holidays. Also, his computers are being monitored by the government, which Pollard says limits his employment opportunities.

Pollard’s lawyers Eliot Lauer and Jacques Semmelman wrote the judge a letter saying, “Even assuming some information [inside Pollard’s head] is still ‘classified’ as a practical matter, it is extremely unlikely that Mr. Pollard remembers, or could possibly remember, the details of 30-year old information to an extent that it could be of any value to anyone.”

The lawyers added, “There is nothing before the commission to indicate that Mr. Pollard ever memorized the documents he delivered, or that he could possibly remember any usable details 30 years later.”

David Israel

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

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