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International Law Expert Says Netanyahu’s Request To Deport Families of Terrorists May Be Permissible

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Jerusalem (TPS) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu officially submitted his request Wednesday March 2, for legal advice from Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on the subject of deporting the families of terrorists to Gaza.

“Many terror attacks are committed by ‘lone wolves,’ who often come from families that encourage terrorism,” wrote Netanyahu in his request. “I believe that use of the deportation tool will significantly decrease the amount of terror attacks against the State of Israel and its citizens.”

“I request your legal opinion regarding the possibility of removing members of families who have assisted terrorists to the Gaza Strip,” the request continued.

While the Foreign Ministry declined further comment, Professor Robbie Sabel, an international law expert at Hebrew University, explained to Tazpit Press Service (TPS) the legal grounds on which such policies could be based.

He asserted that the crucial words in Netanyahu’s letter were “members of families that have assisted terrorists.”

“I believe that it could be legal if the family were in some way involved in the crime. For example, if they knew about it or acquiesced in it. If, however, they had no knowledge of it or did not acquiesce, I think it would be considered collective punishment, and this would be against international law,” Sabel said.

He added that each case would have to be examined individually and that the evidence would have to be assessed on its own merit. However, Sabel also highlighted that a failure to demonstrate evidence of participation or assistance in an attack would amount to illegal collective punishment and a breach of the law.

“The court has to be satisfied that these people were involved in some way. While it would be a deterrent, I have no doubt that the Israeli legal system would not allow it just because they were a family member,” Sabel said.

Nevertheless, he pointed out that the subject is one of legal interpretation. “There are certainly other international lawyers who would disagree with me. This is just my legal opinion,” Sabel told TPS.

Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) has been most vocal in pushing for the deportation of family members of terrorists.

Indeed on Sunday, February 28 he announced that he would contact fellow lawmakers in an effort to change the law that prevents deportation of terrorists’ families to Gaza or Syria.

“Our job in the government is to save lives, and deportation will lower the motivation of these teenagers to carry out attacks,” said Katz at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting. “I’m sure that after deporting a few families, this lone-wolf terror wave will stop. This is our duty.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

‘Nation’ Blog Fabricates Facts to Attack Israeli ‘Racism’

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

A blog posting on The Nation website on Monday incorrectly quoted an 18-month-old poll to call Israel “racist” over the issue of how to deal with illegal African infiltrators.

“Here’s a shocking fact from a poll conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute…: fully one-third of Israelis say that unlawful, vigilante violence against non-Jewish African immigrants is fine with them,” wrote Bob Dreyfuss.

After correctly stating that the poll showed that a large majority of Likud and Shas party voters view the presence of the infiltrators as a “cancer,” he added that the report states there is a “national consensus” of an overwhelming majority of 83% of the Jews expressing support for demonstrations against the flood of illegal Africans seeking a higher standard of living. Most of them are not refugees.

Dreyfuss did not quote any source that Israelis “say that unlawful, vigilante violence against non-Jewish African immigrants is fine with them.” He apparently equated “demonstrations” with violence.”

The Jewish Press checked the poll. It was dated May 2012, and the reference to violence concerned violent protests in south Tel Aviv at a time when many illegal African infiltrators were involved in rapes, murders and daily thefts.

“Very surprisingly, considering that most people do not tend to openly report sympathy for acts that are broadly condemned by society, 33.5% of the Jews said they could identify with the use of violence (62% could not),” the Israel Democracy Report’s “Peace Index” poll stated.

It continued, “A segmentation by Knesset voting for the Jewish sample indicated that the only party for which a majority of voters identified with the violent acts was Shas. A segmentation by religiosity revealed that only a minority in all groups identified with the violence.”

The blogger had to dig out an 18-month-old poll, which was taken when tensions were high because of rape, murder and daily theft by many illegal infiltrators, in order to bring out the “shocking fact,” which is fiction, that most Israelis think “violence is fine.”

Dreyfuss’ case was so weak that he had to quote Haaretz’s Gideon Levy, one of the most anti-religious and anti-Zionist journalists in Israel.

The blogger quoted Levy as having written – apparently more than year ago since Levy refers to a Knesset Member who no longer is in the legislature – that “it’s Israel that made the African migrants a problem” because of “incitement” by those against keeping the infiltrators in the country.

Levy was quoted by Dreyfuss as suggesting that “the state should allow those already here to work, to rebuild their lives, and offer them the prospect of becoming citizens through a gradual, careful process. That’s how it’s done in normal countries. Israel is too small, too weak to do this? Nonsense, merely too racist.”

Would Levy say the same thing about the United States?

Results this week from a new Rasmussen poll  stated that 60 percent of Americans said the federal government is not aggressive enough in deporting immigrants living illegally in the United States. Only 29 percent of the respondents said the United States should stop deporting immigrants until Congress comes up with a new immigration reform policy.

Only 19 percent said that illegal immigrants should be granted immediate legal status.

Is the United States “too small, too weak to offer them the prospect of becoming citizens through a gradual, careful process. to do this?” Or is this “nonsense, [and] merely too racist.”?

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

D.C. Street Renamed For Bulgarian Official Who Saved Jews

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

The street in front of the Bulgarian Embassy  in Washington has been renamed Dimitar Peshev Plaza, in honor of the man credited with halting the deportation of about 50,000 Jews.

In March 1943, Peshev, who was the deputy speaker of the Bulgarian Parliament at the time, heard of a deportation order and decided he had to stop it at all costs. He rushed to the capital city of Sophia, equipped with a petition signed by 43 members of the government. He refused to leave the Interior Ministry office until every deportation center in the country was contacted and everyone released. By the end of that day, the order was cancelled.

Peshev also tried to stop deportations of Jews in northern Greece and Macedonia, but without success.

Because of Peshev’s actions, he was stripped of his position as deputy speaker and then kicked out of Parliament. A year-and-a-half later, when the Soviet-back Communists took over the government, Peshev was tried as a war criminal and sent to jail. One of his crimes was listed as anti-Semitism.

JTA

Netanyahu Moves to Step Up Legal Deportation of Illegal Migrants

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is moving ahead with policy of keeping infiltration of Africans at zero and to move ahead with a rapid deportation of those who cannot remain in Israel legally.

He told a meeting on illegal migrants Thursday, “The number [of infiltrators] is zero and it will continue, but this is only the first mission. The second mission is to continue repatriations, including the repatriation of those illegal migrants who have already entered Israel. We want to achieve both of these things, of course by legal and accepted methods, and thus we are holding this discussion.”

A recent Supreme Court decision ruled that Israel must end the administrative detention of African infiltrators who have been held up to three years without formal charges. The government must review each case and decide whether the immigrants can remain in Israel as those seeking asylum or are have no such legal status.

Interior Minister Gideon Saar said, “The High Court of Justice ruling has created a new situation that we must deal with….  We cannot remain without tools at a time when we know that Israel is the only Western country that borders Africa. … We must change the existing situation, which is unacceptable, in which tens of thousands of illegal migrants are in Israel.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

Bulgaria Commemorates 70 Years of Saving Its Jews

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

The 70th anniversary of the rescue of Bulgaria’s Jews in WW II is being commemorated with a number of solemn ceremonies in Bulgarian capital Sofia Sunday, Sofia News Agency reports.

Unlike most other Nazi allies or Nazi-occupied countries (with the exception of Denmark and Finland), Bulgaria managed to save its entire Jewish population of 48,000 from deportation to concentration camps.

Bulgarian Minister of Justice Dimitar Peshev is credited with playing a major role in preventing the deportations, as well as Bulgarian Church officials and ordinary citizens.

The story of the Bulgarian Jews during World War II is been told in “Beyond Hitler’s Grasp: The Heroic Rescue of Bulgaria’s Jews” by Michael Bar-Zohar, an Israeli historian, politician and former Knesset member who was born in Bulgaria.

The organization of Jews in Bulgaria, Shalom, will unveil a memorial sign near the Bulgarian Parliament, after which a solemn ceremony will be held at the Sofia Synagogue.

The ceremony will be attended by official representatives of the Jewish community in Bulgaria, the state of Israel, and other foreign dignitaries.

On Sunday night, the mayors of Bulgarian towns which helped rescue Jews from the Nazis will be awarded the Shofar prize in a ceremony under the auspices of Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev.

The solemn events Sunday will also mourn the 11,343 Jews who were deported to the death camps from territories in Yugoslavia and Greece occupied by Bulgaria during WW II.

Yori Yanover

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