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Former PM Olmert Gets First Prison Furlough

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert received his first 48-hour furlough from Maasiyahu prison after serving five months in jail. He was convicted of accepting bribes.

Olmert will be going to his home during that time, and then returning to jail.

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Before Jerusalem’s Reunification, Shmuel Matza Left Defiant Carvings On A Prison Wall

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

In late fall 1947, Shmuel Matza, then a 20-year-old member of the Etzel (also known as Irgun) Jewish underground paramilitary organization, was detained in the Kishle prison by the British on suspicion of possessing illegal arms.

“I decided to show the British that I was not afraid of them, that I would continue to be a member of Etzel even after my prison term, that I would continue to challenge them,” Matza recalls.

So one morning, Matza slipped his breakfast fork into his pocket just before the guards accompanied him back to his quarters – a tiny cell infested by rats and lice with only a mat of woven cloth on which to sleep. When the lights went out and everyone else was sleeping, including the police officers, Matza quietly removed that fork from his pocket.

Slowly and determinedly, he carved the following deep into the prison wall: his name; the emblem of the Irgun, a map of the historical land of Israel; and the Hebrew phrases for “only thus,” which suggested the Jewish people would use force to achieve freedom in their land, and “long live the Hebrew state.”

A few days later, Matza was transferred to the Latrun detention camp, from which he was released in April 1948, just ahead of Israel’s War of Independence. He fought for the state until the war ended in 1949. Then Matza went to law school, married, had children and grandchildren, and thought he had closed the previous chapter of his life.

Yet that chapter was unexpectedly reopened more than 50 years later, when archaeologists discovered Matza’s carvings – still bold, confident, and defiant – on an interior wall of the Kishle.

Archaeologists began excavating around the area of the Kishle after Israel’s 1967 Six-Day War, during which the Jewish state reunified Jerusalem following 19 years of Jordanian control over the city’s eastern portion. The capital’s reunification is celebrated by Israelis each year on Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), which falls on June 5 this year.

In the aftermath of the 1967 war, then-Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek agreed to let the Israeli government develop Jerusalem’s Tower of David into a museum. But the Kishle, a 1,476-square-foot structure, was left untouched while archaeologists focused on the Tower. At the time, the Kishle, hidden behind a metal door and situated atop a winding spiral staircase next to the ancient ramparts of the Old City walls, was believed to have been built in the 19th century.

In 2000, Eilat Lieber – at the time the Tower’s director of education and now its general director and chief curator, was looking for a site within the museum’s grounds to host children’s programming. She remembered the Kishle from when she was a student at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in the 1980s.

“I had seen the plans for the museum and that the Kishle was part of the grounds,” Lieber tells JNS. “It was something that no one even remembered.”

Lieber launched a search for the key to unlock the Kishle, and found it in its rusty state on the key ring of the museum’s caretaker. The caretaker opened the door “and we saw this amazing space,” recalls Rose Ginosar, the Tower of David’s director of development and external relations.

The $1 million originally raised to produce the children’s center was instead funneled toward excavations in the Kishle. A team of Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists led by Amit Re’em took everything out by hand until they hit bedrock. Along the way, they discovered layers revealing 2,800 years of history – a far cry from the previous assumption that the Kishle was constructed in the 19th century.

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman

Court Forces Police to Release 12-Year-Old Suspect from Prison

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday rejected a request by police to remand two Jewish minors, 12 and 15-years-old, from Gush Etzion, who had been kept in jail for three days on suspicion of cutting Arab-owned vehicle tires, Honenu legal aid society reported. Their attorney said in a statement that no 12-year-old should be in kept in jail, and that police have lost all sense of proportion.

The two boys were picked up late Saturday night, with the younger one removed from his parents’ home by detectives. They were remanded the next day until Tuesday, when police requested to keep them locked up despite the fact that they deny the charges against them and the investigation is yet to reveal any new information. Another minor was released on Monday and the court ruled that police must give more consideration as to whether or not to arrest young minors.

Attorney Sinai Harizi Moses, who represents the minors for Honenu, said in her statement, “The state is waging a war to the death on anything with a nationalistic aspect, including offenses against property. The arrest of a 12-year-old who is on the threshold of criminal responsibility, in his bed, in the middle of the night, and his remand, shows that the system has lost all manner of rationality and proportion and have forgotten the meaning of human rights. The arrest of a 12-year-old is something that should not happen except in extreme cases, and this is not such a case.”

David Israel

Northern Islamic Movement Leader Sheikh Raed Salah Begins Prison Sentence

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

The head of the outlawed northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, was slated to begin serving a nine month sentence in prison on Sunday.

He left the northern Israeli Arab city of Umm al Fahm in Wadi Ara and arrived at Oholei Kedar Prison near Be’er Sheva at 10 am to begin serving his sentence.

Salah was convicted on charges of incitement to racism and violence in 2013, and again last October, when he was sentenced to an 11-month jail term.

His attorney filed an appeal against the conviction, which was rejected, but on April 18 the sentence was reduced to nine months.

The conviction followed a sermon Salah delivered in 2007 in the Wadi Joz section of eastern Jerusalem.

The radical Islamist is responsible for repeated sermons in which young Muslims are whipped into a frenzy of hatred and then violence against Israelis, using the pretext of “defending Al Aqsa” from the Jews on the Temple Mount.

On Friday he told the Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Resalah, “Prison strengthens me due to my faith that Jerusalem is a pure right for Muslims and defending it is imperative.” He said that the ‘Israeli aggression’ will accelerate “the end of the occupation of the Holy City. “I will continue [defending Al-Aqsa] until martyrdom. No retreat, whatever the price is. The Islamic Movement [banned in November 2015] is not a simple name, but it has its roots in Galilee, Negev and Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Although the mosque is the third holiest site in Islam, Jews have no intention of touching it. Jews are forbidden to pray anywhere on the Temple Mount grounds surrounding the mosque. Jewish pilgrims visit the compound because it is the holiest place in the world in the Jewish faith, as the site of the past two Jewish Holy Temples of Jerusalem.

Muslims vehemently object to the presence of Jews anywhere on the site, and some Islamic clerics at the mosque seize this opportunity to to stir up trouble. Chief among them is Salah, who told followers at a rally on Friday in Umm al Fahm that he does not fear prison, according to Haaretz; he believes he will emerge ‘stronger than ever.’

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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Former PM Ehud Olmert Enters Prison Today

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert entered prison at 10 am Monday morning to become the first Israeli head of state to serve a jail term.

He is to stay in a special wing at the Ma’asiyahu Prison in Ramle, with extra security to protect him at all times outside his cell.

Only specially screened inmates are allowed in his wing, and the wing itself has a separate area for eating, medical and other activities, apart from the majority of other inmates. These measures are not only designed to protect Olmert – they are also meant to ensure that no prisoner will be able to extract information from the former head of state.

Olmert’s sentence is set for a minimum of 18 months but could run as long as 27 months, depending on the outcome of current appeals.

Olmert released a video statement to the media earlier Monday professing his innocence. In his statement Olmert again denied his guilt after being convicted of bribery and graft.

“At this hour it is important for me to say once again that I am innocent of charges that I took bribes. None of the charges stemmed from the time during which I served as prime minister,” Olmert said in the clip.

On the one hand, he called the prison sentence “an unusual, serious event that shows the strength of Israeli democracy.”

But he said his particular case “snowballed for reasons that were not related to legal considerations,” as if to accuse the judicial system of being guilty of political corruption instead.

He did, however, grudgingly admit to “making mistakes,” albeit “not of a criminal nature.”

Hana Levi Julian

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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