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Israeli A-G Breaks Own Rule, Interferes in Gov’t Coalition Talks

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

by Ben Niran

In a controversial move seen by democracy watchdog groups as endangering Israel’s separation of powers, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced when his opposition to a bill proposed last year by Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party, the Justice Ministry reported in a statement to the press.

Coming on the last, crucial day of the coalition negotiations, Weinstein’s rejection of the bill, which proposed to limit the powers of Israel’s High Court of Justice, was interpreted by The Movement for Governability and Democracy as a blatant interference in the negotiations, and a move that contradicts a directive Weinstein himself issued two years ago, in which he forbade government involvement in coalition affairs.

“The separation between the national public sphere and the [political] party sphere is a basic notion in Israel,” the Movement for Governance and Democracy, a non-profit watchdog group, wrote in an open letter to Weinstein, and demanded an explanation for his statement.

“This separation is necessary in order to prevent a conflict of interests and the politicization of public service,” the organization wrote.

Tel Aviv Cop Shoots and Kills Palestinian Car Thief

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

A 33 year old resident of the Disputed Territories staying illegally in Israel was shot and killed Wednesday night in northern Tel Aviv by an off-duty police officer.

From initial reports it appears that the man was engaging in auto theft at the time and threatened the police officer with a knife prior to being shot. He was shot in the neck, and ran a few yards before dropping dead. The exact circumstances of the incident are currently being investigated by Machash—Dept of Policemen Investigation, the police internal affairs unit of the Justice Ministry.

The incident began at about 1:30 AM, when the MDA (Israel’s EMT) received a call about a 33 year old man who had been shot during a police chase in a parking lot on Yaakov Mark Street in the Hadar Yosef neighborhood of Tel Aviv. The MDA crew tried to revive the man, but in the end, he was declared dead.

The officer that shot him, a local resident assigned to the northern Tel Aviv district, testified that he noticed suspicious activity in the parking lot adjacent to his house and began to chase after two suspects who were fleeing the scene. A struggle ensued between the police officer and one of the suspects, during which he shot the suspect. According to the officer, the second suspect got away.

A large number of police units arrived at the scene, among them Tel Aviv police chief Aharon Aksel, and the commander of the Yarkon region, Brigadier General Yoram Ochayon. A portable criminal identification laboratory was also brought to the scene.

“We are referring to a police officer that was passing by and noticed two suspects breaking into and stealing cars,” explained Ochayon. “A chase ensued involving a struggle during which the suspect was shot. The case has been given over to Internal Affairs. I can only comment that the police officer is considered an excellent officer who carried out his duty as required. Unfortunately, the incident culminated with the suspect’s death. This was an incident where the suspects broke into a house, took the keys and were in the process of stealing the car. I support all my officers, but we will wait for the results of the investigation.”

A man living close to the scene related, “We heard screams and went outside. I took my dogs and heard someone scream ‘God.’ Then I heard a single shot. When I got close, I heard the police officer shout, ‘I shot him.’ The police officer was holding the suspect with one hand and calling MDA with his other hand.”

Last month, a parole board freed Shachar Mizrahi, a police officer sentenced to 30 months in prison after being found guilty of killing Mahmoud Ganaim, a car thief. Mizrahi was freed a month earlier than the date set by the Prison Authority parole board because of an unexpected overload in the prison system.

Netanyahu Aide to Resign in Sexual Harassment Case

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Natan Eshel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief of staff, will resign in exchange for the dropping of an investigation into allegations he sexually harassed a female staff member, the Justice Ministry said today in an e-mailed statement.

Eshel, a close friend of Netanyahu’s wife Sarah, agreed to admit to taking “inappropriate” photos of the unidentified woman and searching her private e-mails.

He will receive a severe reprimand and won’t be allowed to seek another government job. He has been on leave since the allegations became public in late January.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/netanyahu-aide-to-resign-in-sexual-harassment-case/2012/02/19/

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