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Interior Minister to Legalize Tyranny under Guise of Good Govt.

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

If you’re an American citizen, and are used to antiquated things like the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, you may start thinking that the story on your screen is taking place in Saudi Arabia, or some other a-democratic feudal society. So I want to reassure you that it’s taking place in Israel, where the box cover declares a democracy, but the inside is Bolshevik through and through.

Israeli Interior Minister Gideom Sa’ar is expected to disseminate next week a memorandum of law that would make it possible for a committee appointed by the Interior Ministry to suspend for a year the heads of municipalities facing serious criminal charges, Israel Radio reports.

According to the memorandum, should the accused survive his or her trial, they could return to their elected office.

The appointed committee, comprised, presumably, of civil servants, employees of the Interior Ministry, will be empowered to extend the suspensions should the accused mayor’s trial not be over.

The memorandum is based on a bill proposed by Labor MK Moshe Mizrachi earlier this year, supported by pillars of democracy like MK Dov Lipman of Yeash Atid and MK Eliezer Stern of the Tzipi Livni Movement.

The three authors of the bill wrote: “In light of the current judicial situation, a legal void exists regarding a situation in which criminal charges have been issued against a serving municipal head.”

The “legal void” those three democrats are referring to is the archaic principle of “Innocent until proven guilty.” Apparently, that idea gets in the way of good government, which will hence be defined as “government not yet charged with a crime.”

What you see here is a blatant attempt on the part of these three MKs, Interior Minister Sa’ar and the band of clerks collecting a paycheck at the Interior Ministry, to subvert the will of the voters and to make for them better choices than they, the voters, could have made with their limited intelligence and very busy lives.

I would venture that such a law could be planted anywhere in the Iranian legal system and blend right in. There is no difference, in principle, between Minister Gideon Sa’ar picking the most fitting candidate for a given municipality – and the Supreme Leader dropping Ahmadinejad and choosing Rouhani. In both cases, there is no real play for the will of the voter.

According to the law today, a mayor must resign his post only after he or she have been convicted for a crime that “bears shame.” Such a crime, incidentally, is entirely up to the taste and preference of the presiding judge, and can stretch from embezzling to blocking an intersection during a demonstration.

Also, according to the law as it stands today, the elected city council may decide to impeach a sitting mayor for improper behavior.

Our Supreme Court, which is more Alice in Wonderland red Queen’s court any given day, recently decided that the decision by the city councils of Natzrat Illit and Ramat Hasharon not to impeach their respective mayors despite the fact that said mayors had been charged with crimes – is unacceptable.

You’re getting this? The law says the city council must use its judgment whether or not to impeach its mayor over the fact that there are charges pending against him or her – but the Supreme Court sees that exercise as having to result only one way: in impeachment. Nothing else will do.

These people won’t recognize a democracy if it landed in their shrimp cocktail and caused the shpritzed juice to spell out Habeas Corpus on their white tablecloth.

Nevertheless, the high court did not decide against the criminally charged mayors’ right to run for office again – and they both ran and they both won, by hefty margins.

The court wrote in its decision: “It is a well known judicial principal that as long as a person has not been convicted, he is considered innocent (Pheew, they are familiar with the concept!). However, we must be more severe in our treatment of elected officials, and as soon as they have been charged they must suspend themselves immediately.”

I believe this is the precise definition of tyranny: an appointed government prosecutor decides to charge an elected mayor – and that, by itself, regardless of the chances of the charges to be proven, the mere fact that the clerk sent papers to the court saying the mayor is accused of a crime – that should subvert, at once, the will of the people.

Record Number of Children Arriving on Aliyah Today

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

The 106 American children on today’s El Al group Nefesh B’Nefesh flight LY 3004 are breaking a record for the largest number of youngsters moving to Israel on a single Nefesh flight, says Yael Katsman, spokeswoman for the organization that helps thousands of Jewish immigrants make Israel their home.

The children arriving today, the youngest of whom is 2 months old, are among a total of 2,500 North American olim moving to Israel this summer.

Also on the flight: 13 olim who have signed up to join the Israel Defense Forces. Nefesh B’Nefesh is also celebrating that this flight marks the Aliyah of oleh number 35,000 whom the organization has helped to make Aliyah.

With so many children on board, Nefesh B’Nefesh has made special arrangements to keep the youngsters happy and occupied. In both the JFK and Ben-Gurion airports, NBN arranged for clowns, balloon blowers, and other entertainers. And on the flight, Nefesh B’Nefesh gave the children coloring books and engaged them in a variety of special activities. The arrival ceremony is also set to include Gilat Shalit, Minister of Immigrant Absorption; Sofa Landver; MK Dov Lipman and chairman of the Jewish Agency Nathan Sharansky.

Plans are also in place to ease the children’s adjustment to their new lives in Israel, Katsman adds. “We work together with students entering the school system here to provide them with educational and Hebrew support,” she says. The children will also receive online tutoring services to help with their Hebrew studies and other subjects including those delivered through the magic of Skype.

Additionally, 41 Jewish immigrants arriving on the El Al Group Flight Number LY 3004 are moving to peripheral parts of Israel, as part of the Nefesh B’Nefesh Go North and the Go South programs. These initiatives are designed to encourage Jewish immigration to Israel’s frontier areas in order to aid their development. “We started our Go North Program and Go South Program to help ease acclimation as much as possible,” Katsman explained, adding that regional coordinators help with employment and a range of social services. On board today are new olim bound for Be’ersheva, Afula, Akko, Haifa, Nahariyya, Omer, Sderot, Yavne, Jerusalem, Maale Adumim, Hadera, and Ramat Bet Shemesh, among other locations throughout Israel.

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Pain and Sacrifice: Yours, Not Mine

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

When an Israeli politician starts talking about pain and sacrifice, watch out. Someone is about to get shafted.

MK Dov Lipman from Yesh Atid recently professed his love for Eretz Yisrael in the ironic context of saying how it “will pain me greatly” to destroy Jewish communities, as part of the two-state “solution” that he supports. Lipman had a related exchange in an interview from February:

Interviewer: And the fabric of Israeli society and the way the army functions is such that we could actually dismantle dozens of settlements in the course of a peace agreement without ripping the country apart?

Lipman: It can be done, if it’s done the right way. We can certainly learn the lessons of the [2005] Disengagement in terms of there being some things that you can do and certain things that should not be done. Yair also has been outspoken about how the evacuees have been treated…

In reality, Lipman and his ilk have learned nothing from the destruction of Gush Katif, the chief lessons of which are: Stop expelling Jews, and stop empowering Israel’s enemies. As Iran stated after this colossal injustice which has caused so much misery:

“The Zionist regime retreats in the face of the slightest resistance. The willingness of the Zionists to leave behind their synagogues in Gaza demonstrates conclusively that they have no God, and therefore, of course, no religious connection to the Holy Land; they will now be easily ejected from all of occupied Palestine.”

The terminology Lipman uses also betrays his coarseness toward what the government perpetrated in 2005. Citizens formerly of Gush Katif are not “evacuees” who were saved from a hurricane or such. As a Gush Katif expellee has commented about the similar falsification in usage of “uprooting”:

“I don’t consider the word choice to be a matter of semantics or euphemisms. It reflects a world outlook. The use of uprooting seems to desensitize the mind, soften the reprehensible event, and merely serve to pave the way for future expulsions in disputed parts of the Land of Israel. It exonerates the Israeli government of its crime against the Gush Katif residents in particular, and the Jewish nation in general.”

If Dov Lipman is truly pained greatly over expelling more Jews, let him lead the way by leaving his home in Beit Shemesh and moving his family to a caravan for several years. But as with the prime minister, who spoke in 2011 about making “painful compromises to achieve this historic peace,” other Jews always seem to suffer the pain. Likewise, when “public security” minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch recently called to intensify Israel’s already repressive gun control policies, one doubts that he will lack for personal protection.

No, it’s not the political elites who tend to lose their homes or lives. The victims are people like the DeYoung family formerly of Kfar Darom and Yitzhak Ames Hy”d. Unlike Lipman or Netanyahu, openly hostile politicians such as Ibrahim Sarsur and Jamal Zahalka at least have the decency to abstain from claims of compassion when they propose loathsome deeds.

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