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August 30, 2016 / 26 Av, 5776

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Argentine Judge Wants to Probe Former President on 1994 Jewish Center Bombing

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Judge Claudio Bonadio wants to restart the investigation of former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner over a cover-up that followed the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, media outlets reported Tuesday. In January 2015, special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was Jewish, was found dead with a bullet in his head in his apartment on the day he was scheduled to present his charges against Fernandez to a Congressional committee.

Magistrate Daniel Rafecas, who a few days earlier had refused to reopen the case against Fernandez, which he closed in 2015, on Tuesday accepted a request for the investigation’s files from Judge Bonadio, but told Spanish news agency EFE that “the case has been closed for the lack of a crime, so that technically there is no case. What Dr. Bonadio could do is open a new investigation — but exclusively based on new evidence.”

Rafecas added that he is “obligated to send [the files] to him so that he has it on hand to evaluate or study all the findings of my inquiry.”

Nisman was appointed Special Prosecutor in charge of the AMIA bombing investigation on September 13, 2004. The probe into the 1994 terrorist attack against the AMIA had been marked by judicial misconduct, and was at an impasse. On October 25, 2006, Nisman formally accused the government of Iran of directing the AMIA bombing, and the Hezbollah militia of carrying it out. The theory was that Argentina had been targeted by Iran as punishment for its decision to suspend a nuclear technology sale to Tehran. In November 2007, Interpol published the names of six individuals officially accused for their role in the terrorist attack: Imad Fayez Moughnieh, Ali Fallahijan, Mohsen Rabbani, Ahmad Reza Asghari, Ahmad Vahidi and Mohsen Rezaee.

In 2008 Nisman asked to arrest former president Carlos Menem, along with Judge Juan José Galeano, who first presided over the AMIA case until his removal in 2004. WikiLeaks revealed that US diplomats considered that Nisman may have done it as a gesture to new President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, since he was seeking the post of Argentina’s General Prosecutor.

In January 2015, Nisman accused President Kirchner, Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman and other politicians of covering up the roles of Iranian suspects in the case, in exchange for Iranian business. The charge was based on wire tap reports of meetings of Kirchner’s people with Mohsen Rabbani, a former cultural attaché at Iran’s embassy in Buenos Aires.

Nisman’s body was discovered on the day he was supposed to appear before a parliamentary committee to present his case against the president (who has since lost her post).

JNi.Media

Police Harass Grandparents of the Minor from Yitzhar

Monday, July 4th, 2016

The bizarre saga of the minor from Yitzhar continues, this time with the police harassing the young boy’s elderly grandparents in Petach Tikva as well as others who helped the boy comply with the IDF’s administrative expulsion order, according to the Honenu legal aid society.

For reasons unknown, the IDF gave an administrative distancing order to a 15-year-old minor from Yitzhar, requiring that he leave his parents’ home and all of Judea and Samaria. They claim he is a danger to the state, but there’s been no trial, no evidence, and they only arrested the boy for not leaving his parents’ home as ordered and not for any criminal actions they imagine he’s done.

The family has been trying to fight the secretive order. The other week the police arrested the boy at 3 AM in his parents’ home and tried to send him to some unknown farm in the south of the country, apparently for reeducation.

The family fought it.

In part because the police couldn’t even provide basic details on the facility and they didn’t follow procedures and bring in child welfare services, the court decided to free the boy to return home. The court strongly criticized the police for their actions.

But the police immediately appealed to a different judge who threw the boy back in jail over Shabbat.

After Shabbat the first court released the boy again, but he could not return to Judea and Samaria, so he has been going to different homes each night to sleep, to comply with the anti-democratic distancing order.

The Petach Tikva Magistrate’s court is expected to make an interim decision on Tuesday, and until then, the expelled youth has been living part of the time with his grandparents, despite their protests to the court that it would be too difficult for them to take him in because of the police expectations from them.

And the police are making sure that it is very difficult on the grandparents.

The police decided to visit and harass the grandparents in the middle of the night, despite promising the court it wouldn’t do that.

This week the police began loudly banging on the grandparents’ door at 4 AM, screaming at the couple, demanding the elderly couple immediately open up the door so they could check if the minor was sleeping there.

When the elderly couple asked the police how they can show up at that hour and act that way, one policeman answered they can show up whenever they want.

Nor is this a one-time occurrence by the police.

At a different home the boy had stayed at previously in Givatayim, the police showed up at 11 PM with their walkie-talkies on at full volume. They began ringing the intercom of different neighbors, despite the family’s name being clearly posted on the intercom, and worse, despite knowing the boy wasn’t even there anymore, as he had informed the police he was sleeping at a different address that night.

The host family said the police woke up the entire street with their actions.

The boy’s former host asked, “Why are the police punishing them?” They were helping the family comply with the judge’s order.

Unfortunately, similar stories of police abuse are not unknown in Israel.

The family continues to protest, and other youths have begun protesting in front of the home of Central Command chief Ron Numa who signed the bizarre IDF expulsion order of the young boy from his home.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israeli Volleyball Judge Indicted for Attempting to Murder the Competition

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Is Hollywood having a negative effect on our everyday lives? You be the judge.

The Tel Aviv District Attorney’s Office on Sunday indicted Barak Nagar, 31, a volleyball judge, who attempted to murder his friend over getting picked to judge an international tournament in his place. According to the indictment, Nagar invited his friend, whom he has known from their work for the Israeli Volleyball Association, to his Tel Aviv apartment after the friend had won the job of judging an international European competition which Barak had lost. Nagar decided to hang his friend to death from a seesaw hook in his living room ceiling. After the hanging, Nagar planned to cut up his friend’s body and dispose of the parts.

According to the indictment, the defendant acquired a rope, sleeping pills, garbage bags, a saw, two Japanese knives and a tape. He also killed a dog and a cat from the neighborhood and practiced his plan on their bodies.

Once he felt ready for the mission, Nagar invited his friend over to his apartment, and when he arrived he talked him into drinking liquor, saying he had a house rule of having to do a shot every 15 minutes. He mixed some 29 Klonopin and one Nocturno sleeping pills with his friend’s drinks to get him drowsy. Finally, the friend became sleepy and lied down on a bed. Nagar spread garbage bags on the apartment floor, for his friend’s body. He then stripped his friend naked. His friend woke up now and then and observed what was being done to him, but was unable to resist.

When Nagar realized his friend was not fully sedated, he decided to kill him by cutting his throat rather than by hanging him. He tied his friend’s legs together with the rope, took one of the Japanese knives and sat down on his friend’s stomach. When the friend asked what he was doing, Nagar threw the knife beyond the bed and said he wanted to kiss his friend, but his friend refused. The friend then fell asleep again and Nagar stabbed him several times in the left side of his neck with the knife and strangled him with both hands.

The strangling woke his friend from his slumber and he started fighting back. He asked Nagar to stop, but Nagar continued to strangle him, fought him, smacked his head against the floor and smacked him in the face with his fists. Eventually the friend managed to hit Nagar in the head and escaped from the apartment, naked and hemorrhaging from his neck. Pedestrians downstairs alerted the rescue teams.

Nagar is also accused of interfering with the investigation, when he wiped off his victim’s blood from the floor with a mop and washed his hands. He also hid evidence, by taking his friend’s wallet, cellphone and car keys — and left the apartment. Nagar then dumped the phone and the keys in the sea and threw the wallet in a sewer.

Was this a case of too many Hollywood movies? Probably — and not the smooth ones, but the hectic, Coen Brothers kind, where much blood is spilled over much ineptness and shoddy planning.

JNi.Media

Minor from Yitzhar Spent Shabbat in Jail

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

On Friday, the Petach Tikva magistrate court (Beit Mishpat Hashalom) ordered the 15-year-old boy from Yitzhar, who was arrested by police at 3 AM that morning, returned to his home.

The judge, Yael Blecher, strongly reprimanded the police for not bothering to even check with the appropriate child welfare services or even knowing what conditions the boy would have in the re-education farm he was being sent to.

The police, unwilling to accept the court’s decision turned to the District Court on Friday afternoon. That judge overturned the ruling, and had the minor sent to jail until Sunday.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Judge Awards Newport, RI Synagogue to Congregation Despite NY Landlord’s Claim

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Federal Judge John J. McConnell Jr. ruled in favor of Jeshuat Israel which resides in Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI, and against Shearith Israel of New York which had claimed ownership of the edifice and its contents, the NY Times reported Monday.

The $7.4 million dispute between two of America’s oldest Jewish congregations erupted in 2011, when the Newport Touro synagogue congregation, known as Jeshuat Israel (Heb: salvation of Israel), offered to sell the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston two silver Torah ornaments called “rimonim” (Heb: pomegranates) for $7.4 million. But the ornaments, like the rest of the synagogue, were the property of Congregation Shearith Israel, currently residing on West 70th Street in New York, and they were not amused when they heard of the sale.

Shearith Israel trustee Michael Katz testified that “we were aghast that they were doing this without informing us in advance. We considered it a violation of the lease. We considered it a violation of trust, and it upset us very, very much.”

Back in the early 1900s, the NY congregation leased the Touro building to a newcomer Jewish congregation in Newport for $1 a year (which, in today’s value, comes to $1.87). They didn’t believe this generous lease empowered the tenants to sell off parts of the synagogue.

Bea Ross, of the Newport congregation, testified that she had informed Katz of the sale, but not directly. In 2009, there was a Forward article about the sale of the rimonim, and she and Katz talked about it over the phone. Apparently, that call didn’t leave as much of an impression on Katz.

The $7.4 million rimonim / Newmans, Ltd. report

The $7.4 million rimonim / Newmans, Ltd. report

Members of the Newport congregation told the court that the reason they had to sell the ornaments—which were made by Jewish American Silversmith Myer Myers (1723-1795)—was that their numbers were starting to dwindle and they could no longer afford to pay a rabbi.

Rabbi Marc Mandel, formerly the associate rabbi of Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills, Ca. has been the Jeshuat Israel spiritual leader since 2011.

Incidentally, the reason the NY congregation has owned the Newport synagogue in the first place had to do with the declining numbers of Newport’s Jews in the late 18th century, when Shearith Israel took over the building and remained its caretaker as it stood empty for almost a hundred years.

Katz told the court that his congregation saw itself as strictly the landlord of the Newport synagogue, and not responsible for its financial problems (they had come asking for help).

On the face of it, the case looked like it should have gone to the New York congregation, but the local paper, Times Argus, reported prior to the trial that the state of Rhode Island was monitoring the case and planned to intervene with the judge to make sure “justice would be done.” Now the ruling has cleared the way for Jeshuat Israel to sell the rimonim, valued at $7.4 million—there are 130 members left in the congregation, so “justice” in this case could net them $57,000 each, before court costs. Or it could pay the rabbi’s salary and maintenance.

“The central issue here is the legacy of some of the earliest Jewish settlers in North America, who desired to make Newport a permanent haven for public Jewish worship,” Judge McConnell wrote in a 106-page decision, disregarding the fact that said legacy had been interrupted for as long as a century, and that what he facilitated was the removing of $7.4 million from the possession of a New York congregation, its legal owner, and handing it over to a local group that couldn’t pay its own way.

JNi.Media

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

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

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