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Posts Tagged ‘Jerusalem District Court’

Chief Rabbinate to List Rabbis Approved for Conversions Abroad

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Israel’s chief rabbis will meet next week with the members of Israel’s supreme rabbinical court and the board of the Chief Rabbinate, to decide on a list of Orthodox rabbis in the US and elsewhere in diaspora whose conversions are acceptable in Israel, following more than a decade of confusion and infighting that caused much anxiety and suffering to many converts. The most famous such convert recently has been Ivanka Trump, President-Elect Donald Trump’s Jewish daughter and mother of his Jewish grandchildren.

Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau issued a statement saying they intend to reform the system of communication between their organization and parallel organizations abroad, in order to end the complaints about annulling conversions done by ‘unapproved’ rabbis from Orthodox Jewish communities abroad.

According to the chief rabbis, the plan is to create a system whereby the conversions done by rabbis who meet the chief rabbinate criteria would be approved.

In 2015, converts in Israel and the US were horrified by a chief rabbinate ruling that disqualified the conversion of an American woman living in Israel who, before making aliyah, was converted by Modern Orthodox Rabbi Haskel Lookstein from New York, who converted Ivanka Trump. When she appealed the rabbinical court’s decision she was browbeaten into undergoing a second conversion right there and then, which she did and was only then allowed to marry in a sanctioned Orthodox ceremony.

Now, the chief rabbis stated, conversions by rabbis like Lookstein would be recognized in Israel, no questions asked. “Under this proposed new plan, in which only the identity of the converting rabbi is to be checked, [Ivanka Trump’s] conversion would be validated with no further examinations required.”

The new reform could take some time to institute, as the chief rabbinate’s current list of recognized foreign Orthodox rabbis is far from complete, as turned out last April in Jerusalem District Court, during a hearing on a suit filed by ITIM, an NGO helping olim in their struggles with the chief rabbinate. Perhaps now, motivated by the call from the top for reforming the system, we’ll end up with a current list of rabbis who are approved by the Israeli rabbinate directly, rather than via local rabbinical groups abroad.

JNi.Media

Terrorist Gets 16 Years in Prison for Stabbing Attack

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

by Ilana Messika
The Jerusalem District Court has Abu Dis resident sentenced Mohammad Badr to 16 years in prison following his conviction for stabbing an Israeli on HaNevi’im Street in Jerusalem last May. One person was wounded in the attack.

Badr was sentenced on three separate counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon (he was carrying a knife) and illegal entry into Israel.

“According to the facts of the indictment, and on the basis of the confession and conviction, the suspect entered Israel illegally and decided to stab a Jew with the aim of killing him,” the judge stated in the verdict. “The defendant’s actions . . . were very serious, which miraculously did not cause fatal casualties.”

The Court added that Badr’s attack was part of the wave of terror attacks that swept the country beginning in September 2015.

In addition to his 16-year prison term, Badr was also ordered to pay compensation in the amount of NIS 80,000 as part of a plea bargain.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israeli-Arab Charged with Sending Money to Families of Hamas Terrorists

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – An Israeli-Arab resident of Jerusalem has been arrested and indicted in court for receiving tens of thousands of US dollars from a Hamas operative in Turkey. He allegedly intended to send the money to families of Hamas terrorists, with the intention of encouraging terror attacks against Israelis.

Israel has frequently accused the Palestinian Authority leadership of paying stipends to the families of perpetrators of terror attacks against Israelis, as a way of encouraging such attacks.

The indictment was filed on Friday at the Jerusalem District Court against 39-year-old Seif Al-Din Abdel-Nabi on charges of contacting a foreign agent and illegal funding of terrorism.

According to the indictment, Abdel-Nabi had known Hamas operative Zakariah Najib for years before giving Najib the money. Najib has served time in Israeli prison for involvement in the abduction and murder of IDF soldier Nachshon Wachsman in 1994. He was released in a prisoner swap in 2011 when abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was released in exchange for over 1,000 terrorists.

Abdel-Nabi met Najib in Turkey during a business trip to a clothing shop he owns in Istanbul, the indictment elaborated. Najib knew that the defendant lived in Jerusalem and asked him to send the money to Israel, where he would be ordered to transfer the funds to families of terrorists who were either killed or serving time in prison. The money transfer was meant to be a remuneration by Hamas for the terror attacks.

During several trips to Turkey, the defendant allegedly received a total of USD 25,000 from Najib. He used various techniques to hide the money when traveling to Israel, such as having attempted to disguise the money transfers by using different mobile phones and coordinating them in public places.

“By committing the above actions, the defendant knowingly maintained contact with a foreign agent without sufficient explanation in order to promote or fund acts of terrorism or to provide a reward for terror attacks,” read a statement by the Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office, which has requested that Abdel-Nabi remain in custody until the end of court proceedings against him.

The Jerusalem Police on Sunday morning also arrested six residents of the Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber who are suspected of joining and supporting a terror organization.

The evidence was obtained through the interrogation of Soufian Abdou, who was arrested on Friday for supporting a terror group just several days after completing a 14-year prison term for attempting to poison Israelis at a coffee shop in Jerusalem. Abdou’s remand has been extended until Monday.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Armon Hanatziv Teen Terrorist Gets 3 Life Sentences

Monday, July 11th, 2016

The Jerusalem District Court on Monday entenced of Bilal Abu Ghanem of Jabal village, a 14-year-old terrorist convicted of involvement in a stabbing attack on bus passengers in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv area last October, to three cumulative life sentences plus 60 years. The attack resulted in the murder of Alon Gobbrg, Haim Habib and Richard Leikin HY”D. The other attacker was killed by security forces.

The terrorist, who was 13 at the time of the attack, was convicted last May of two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a knife. The defense argued that the boy did not carry out the actual stabbing and was only involved “to scare Jews.”

The court did not accept the argument that scaring Jews was an appropriate leisure activity for youths and convicted the boy of the charges.

David Israel

Life + 31 Years to Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade Murderer

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

The Jerusalem District Court on Sunday sentenced Yishai Schlissel, who murdered teenage girl Shira Banki and attempted to murder others at the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade last August, to life in prison with an additional 31 years. The court also fined Schlissel about $530,000 as reparations to the Banki family and to the rest of Schlissel’s victims.

Judges Nava Ben-Or, Arnon Darel and Rafi Yaakovi wrote in their sentence: “We are dealing with a man who does not recognize a human before him, a cruel, dangerous and heartless man. A man for whom the Judaism of darchey noam-pleasant paths and roads of peace, which teaches that man—every man—is beloved because he was created in the Image [of God], is foreign.” Instead, the judges wrote, the defendant views himself as “He who kills and gives life, in the name of principles he appointed himself to enforce.” The judges ruled that “this dangerous man may no longer roam the streets of Jerusalem or anywhere else.”

The judges also wrote that “in his few days of freedom between arrests, the defendant extinguished the life of a young woman who was so life loving, Shira Banki z”l who was about 16 when she dies… He did not see her as a human being at all, he did not care a hoot whose body would absorb his knife.”

Schlissel’s sentence is comprised of a life sentence for the premeditated murder, 30 year for his six convictions of attempted murder counts and inflicting injury under aggravated conditions, and one additional year which is the suspended sentence for his previous sentence.

The judges were severely critical of police for failing to learn the lesson from the 2005 Gay Pride parade in which Schlissel had been arrested for attempted murder. They blamed police for failing to stop him from carrying out the same crime only a month after his release from serving ten years for the attempted murders.

The judges also criticized the legislator for failing to provide police with the legal authority to follow and supervise dangerous criminals who have served out their sentence.

JNi.Media

PA Arab Indicted for Shooting at Israeli Forces and Arms Dealing

Monday, May 9th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Husam Ashhab, a 19-year-old Palestinian Authority resident of Qalandiya, has been indicted at the Jerusalem District Court for buying and selling weapons and arms, some of which were used to commit terror attacks.

According to the indictment, Ashhab sold a Carl Gustav rifle in March, 2016 to Abed Harub, who used it the following day to carry out a shooting attack in Jerusalem. Harub, together with another terrorist, first shot at people at a bus stop at the Ramot Junction and then drove towards the Old City where they shot at passing cars before being shot and killed by police. One Israeli was critically wounded during the attack.

Ashhab also committed several shooting attacks by himself, the indictment added. He shot at Israeli security forces who came to demolish a terrorist’s home in Qalandiya in November, 2015. He took a rifle he had hidden in a neighborhood near his home and fired five shots at military vehicles. He also shot at an IDF pillbox in Qalandiya one week later.

The Jerusalem prosecutor is requesting to have Ashhab detained until the end of court proceedings against him.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israeli Man Sentenced to Life For Burning Arab Teen

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Yosef Chaim Ben David was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday evening in the Jerusalem District Court for murdering an Arab teenager last summer. In addition, Ben David is to pay approximately US$40,000 in restitution to his victim’s family.

Ben David was found guilty and convicted on April 19 for the kidnapping, torture and subsequent murder of 14-year-old Arab, Mohammed Abu Khdeir. He was also tried and found guilty of an unsuccessful kidnapping and attempted murder of a Arab youth the night before.

“For the crime of murder, the court sentences Ben David to the mandatory term of 25 years, a life sentence. For the other crimes we issue an additional 20 year prison term on top of the life sentence,” stated the presiding judge in his sentencing.

In total, Ben David will have to serve 45 years in prison.

“The cumulative nature of the sentence was called for due to the cruel nature of his offences,” the judge said.

The 29-year-old convict was the central suspect in the murder along with two other minors, both of whom were already sentenced to 20 year prison terms.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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