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August 25, 2016 / 21 Av, 5776

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Meir Kahane’s Grandson May Be Released from Administrative Detention

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

After ten months of administrative detention in an isolation cell, without charges or an indictment, never mind a trial, prisoner Meir Ettinger, grandson of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, is expected to be released—probably to home detention, a Shabak representative told the Lod District Court on Tuesday.

The court ruled that the clandestine police must determine in one week which limiting conditions it would like to see placed on Ettinger after his release, possibly on June 1.

Last summer, while he was being interrogated by the Jewish Section of the Shabak, Ettinger was presented with a six-month administrative detention order signed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. A few weeks later, an additional administrative decree signed by Ya’alon moved Ettinger to an isolation cell when the prison authorities expressed concern that Ettinger was influencing the other prisoners. When the six months were up, Ya’alon signed another, four-month decree, the maximum allowed by law for an extension.

One month ago, the rightwing public was enraged when Ya’alon refused to allow Ettinger to leave jail for a few hours in order to attend his firstborn son’s circumcision in Jerusalem.

So far, Meir Kahane’s great-grandson, Netzach Binyamin, who is two months old, has not been served with a Ya’alon administrative detention writ, though the prison authorities did suggest the brit mila be performed in jail.

David Israel

Light a Fire, Go to Jail

Monday, May 16th, 2016

The Fire and Rescue Commissioner issued an emergency edict Monday (May 16, 2016) under the authority of the Ministry of Public Security, banning all campfires in the State of Israel.

It is forbidden to light a campfire – any fire in a field outside – from 9 am to 7 pm in Israel. The penalty for violating the ban is a fine of NIS 70,000 or up to six months in jail.

Campfire ban May 16 2016 Ministry of Public Security

Campfire ban May 16 2016 Ministry of Public Security

Hundreds of fires broke out around the country Sunday due to the hot and dry weather conditions in Israel. Approximately 400 fires broke out, the head of the Israel firefighters’ operations division told Israel Radio.

Firefighters battled a blaze near Moshav Mata near Beit Shemesh, and another one near the Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev on Sunday evening, the latter due to a firebombing attack by Arab terrorists.

Fires broke out at Kibbutz Harel near Latrun, and at the village of Ajur, also near Beit Shemesh, as well as at Kfar Yona, east of Netanya.

The heat wave is expected to continue at least until Tuesday.

Hana Levi Julian

Enemy of the State

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Whatever Rabbi Kahane’s grandson has done, it is clearly so dangerous and secret that even he doesn’t know what it was.

Meir Ettinger has been sitting in an isolation cell under administrative detention for almost 8 months – without being charged with any crime, per Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon’s instructions.

The prison services quickly moved him to the isolation cell after they felt he was unduly influencing the other prisoners by talking with them.

The only thing we do know is that the state tried to bring proof of something to the secret court from his writings he publicly posted on his blog for all to read.

If Israel weren’t a western democracy, I think Meir Ettinger would be called a political prisoner.

On Monday the brit mila of Ettinger’s firstborn will be held. The court has decided to not let him attend, instead, perhaps as a sick joke, the prison services suggested the Brit be held in the prison.

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Family of Hebron Soldier Visits Him on Base

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

On Friday, the soldier who shot and killed the terrorist in Hebron was released from jail to the Nachshonim army base, where he awaits the results of the ongoing investigation into his actions.

The soldier’s family visited him on the base and stayed for 4 hours, showing him their support and love.

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PM Olmert, Two More Holy Land Hotel Defendants to Start Prison Terms

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

On Monday a new chapter will be written in Israel’s annals of politics and crime, as former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (Kadima) enters white-collar Ma’asiyahu prison near Ramla for 27 months for receiving a bribe and deception. Olmert was originally sentenced to six years, but the high court acquitted him on one major indictment. Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran wrote in his opinion that Olmert “is a public servant who embezzled money and betrayed the public’s trust, for which he must be punished.”

Olmert will be staying at Division 10 at Ma’asiyahu, set up for normative inmates who committed relatively light crimes. He will share a cell with two other inmates, dine at the division’s own mess hall and be able to use the gym. In one year he could appeal for a sentence reduction.

Danny Dankner and Meir Rabin, two of the defendants who were convicted in the Holy Land Hotel scandal, will also begin serving their sentences on Monday, after Supreme Court Justice Miriam Naor rejected their petition to receive another hearing in their case and to lighten their punishment. Naor ruled that neither defendant’s case revealed any exception that would justify an additional hearing.

Dankner was convicted in the Tel Aviv District Court, along with other defendants, and last month the Supreme court accepted his appeal partially, reducing his sentence from three to two years. Dnakner was convicted of giving bribes and money laundering.

Meir Rabin, who served as an aide to Shmuel Dachner, who ended up turning state’s evidence, was convicted of taking about $350,000 from Dankner, to help the latter re-zone lands owned by his family. He will serve five years, on receiving a bribe and money laundering.

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PA Cuts Salaries of 60 Former Security Prisoners in Israeli Jails

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

(JNi.media) According to Ma’an, citing the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), the Palestinian Authority this week cut the monthly salaries of more than 60 former Palestinian prisoners in Judea and Samaria. A spokesperson for the society surmised the cuts were done because of the recipients’ political affiliations, or, as he put it, they may not recognize the “legitimacy” of the Palestinian Authority.

Some former prisoners whose salaries were cut received benefits due to sicknesses they incurred while in Israeli prisons. Apparently, the PA Ministry of Finance has blocked those salaries and are requesting paperwork to prove that those recipients actually became sick in prison.

According to the PPS, proving this claim would be “very difficult.”

“These salaries come under the responsibility of the PA to take care of the people who spent several years of their lives in Israeli prisons,” the PPS spokesperson said. “It’s for their families and their children. Israel says these payments are going against peace, and the Israeli government is always pushing Europe and other foreign aid donors not to donate to the PA because they say the PA is giving money to terrorists, but we know these people are our resistance fighters and the PA is required to take care of them.”

A group of former prisoners on Wednesday staged a sit-in at the PA Ministry of Finance headquarters in Ramallah, denounced the PA’s actions and announced that they would go on a hunger strike if their salaries were not renewed, Ma’an reported.

Ama’n says that by its own law, the PA is required to pay monthly stipends to Palestinians who served time in Israeli prisons, based on a sliding scale depending on the length of time a former prisoner had served in Israeli jails. In other words, just as Israel has been claiming all along, the more Jews these men murdered, the higher their pay.

Provided they don’t deride the legitimacy of the Palestinian Authority.

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Knesset Committee Asking State Comptroller to Review Administrative Detention

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

(JNi.media) Showing that some Israeli legislators can still recognize irony, as part of International Human Rights Day the Knesset’s State Control Committee debated on Tuesday the issue of Administrative Detentions. According to a Knesset Research and Information Center study, conducted at the request of MK Basel Ghattas (Joint Arab List), as of November 1, 2015, four Jews and 398 non-Jews were being held in Administrative Detention. A large percentage of the detainees are ages 18-30, and 34% of them have been held between six months and a year.

The issue of remand without charges has come up in recent weeks, following the incognito incarceration for as long as three weeks at this point, of at least three suspects of “Jewish Terrorism.” Interest in their detention has been mounting in the Israeli public, mostly on the right but as of Tuesday on the left as well, as the NGO B’Tselem, which most often takes up the plight of Arab security prisoners, has condemned the treatment of the Jewish suspects.

In defending its use of Administrative Detention, Israel declares itself a de facto occupier in Judea and Samaria, referring its use of Administrative Detention to Article 78 of the Fourth Geneva Convention 1949, which states that “If the Occupying Power considers it necessary, for imperative reasons of security, to take safety measures concerning protected persons, it may, at the most, subject them to assigned residence or to internment.”

The legal basis for Israel’s use of Administrative Detention is the British Mandate 1945 Defense (Emergency) Regulations which were amended in 1979 to form the Israeli Law on Authority in States of Emergency. Administrative detention is often used for indefinite detention of Arabs members of terrorist organizations who are more often than not suspected of being involved in advocating and planning terrorist acts, rather than executing them. Administrative detention is also used in cases where the available evidence consists of information obtained by the security services (particularly the Shabak), and where a trial would reveal sensitive security information, such as the identities of informers or infiltrators.

Within Israel, the Defense Minister has the authority to issue Administrative Detention orders for up to 6 months in cases where there is a reasonable chance that the person harms the security of the state. The same Minister has the authority to renew such orders. Likewise, the IDF Chief of Staff can issue such orders, but valid for only 48 hours. Law enforcement authorities have to show cause within 48 hours (in a hearing behind closed doors). Administrative Detention orders can be appealed to the District Court and, if denied there, to the Supreme Court. The supervisory authority on the application of Administrative Detention rests with the Justice Minister.

In Judea and Samaria, any Israeli district army commander can issue an Administrative Detention order, and the order can be appealed at the Israeli district military court, or, if denied there, at the Supreme Court. The Administrative Detention order is valid for at most six months, but can be renewed by the appropriate authority.

In the Knesset’s State Control Committee debate, Meretz chairwoman MK Zehava Galon said ”I claim that what the Justice Ministry calls preventive arrest has become a system of punishment, mainly towards Palestinians in the territories. I oppose the administrative detention of Jews or Arabs. This is a revolting method that has no place in a civilized country. As a country that deals with terror, we are in a difficult position. While [the system] has received the approval of the High Court of Justice, I suggest that the state comptroller examine the sweeping, disproportionate use of administrative detention as a method of punishment. The use of Administrative Detentions should be annulled, and if the security agencies have any information regarding a possible terror-related event, they should arrest the [suspects].”

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