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February 19, 2017 / 23 Shevat, 5777

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Jerusalem Terrorist Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for Stoning Death of Alexander Levlovich

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

The Jerusalem District Court handed down a sentence Tuesday in the case of a deadly stoning attack that cost the life of Jerusalem resident Alexander Levlovich as he was returning home at night from a Rosh Hashana dinner in 2015.

Abed Muhamad Abed Rabu Dawiyat, age 19 at the time, led three others in hurling stones at Levlovich’s car as he drove down the street towards home, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and sending it crashing into a light pole.

Within days, the Shin Bet intelligence service had tracked down Muhamad Salah Muhamad, age 18; Walid Faras Mustafa, age 18; and Dawiyat plus a fourth member of the group — a minor whose name could not be published due to his age — and arrested them all.

Dawiyat was sentenced Tuesday (Jan. 24, 2017) to 18 years in prison following his conviction on manslaughter charges.

He also received a suspended sentence, and a fine for damages in addition to the prison term, which came close to the 20-year maximum allowed for stoning.

It’s the longest sentence in Israeli history ever handed down for such attacks.

A bill to increase the penalty for stoning attacks was proposed a few months prior to the attack on Levlovich. It was passed into law by the Knesset just a few weeks after he was killed.

The terrorist the second attacker to be judged. Two more terrorists remain to face justice.

Hana Levi Julian

UK Man Convicted After Pleading Guilty to Anti-Semitic Attack on Jewish Shoppers

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Three members of a Jewish family and a fourth person, also Jewish, may breathe a little easier this week after an anti-Semitic British attacker was arrested and convicted.

Patrick Delay, 19, a resident of the small market town of Coggeshall, Essex, pleaded guilty to charges of racially aggravated harassment this past Thursday.

The charges were connected to his yelling ‘Hitler is on the way to you. Heil Hitler, Heil Hitler. Heil Hitler!’ while hurling at least six canisters of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) at four members of an Orthodox Jewish community in the north London neighborhood of Tottenham Hale on January 6, as he was riding by in a van.

Delay faces sentencing at Wood Green Crown Court on February 2.

The victims, Cheya Stern, her 13-year-old son, her brother Simon Lemberger and a fourth person, Abraham Law, were hit by the canisters, according to a report by Metro.

Shomrin civil patrol organization spokesperson Shulem Stern told the news website, “They were scared about what would happen next. Jewish people have to face this anti-Semitism on a daily basis and visibly Jewish people are often targeted…

“It’s good that someone had been convicted and some actions has been taken,” he added.

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Terrorist Was Just Released from Jail before Starting New Prison Sentence

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Mesbah Abu Sabih, 39, the terrorist who killed two Israelis and wounded six on Sunday morning in Jerusalem, was supposed to start serving a four-month prison sentence for attacking a policeman in 2013, according to a social network post he published on Friday, NRG reported. He was arrested before the High Holidays and released only a week ago, after being issued a restraining order to stay out of Jerusalem.

Abu Sabih, who was shot dead after a shootout with police, wrote in his post that his life was “worthless” if he wasn’t able to enter the Al Aqsa Mosque, as per his restraining order.

Last year, Abu Sabih was indicted on eight counts of incitement to violence and terrorism, and eight counts of supporting a terror organization.

Among other things, he wrote: “Your holiday is our might and victory and opportunity. 19 of your soldiers were kiled. Oh, killers of children, the most cowardly, contemptible and base soldiers. The Kassem heroes pushed your heads in the dirt of kassem and of the resistance soldiers, Allahu Akbar, Praised Be Allah. … The soldier who was damaged from the fireworks, lost his hearing, huh huh huh, and received burns on his neck, huh huh huh … Beware of fireworks, they’re very dangerous. We wish our children good health, and the enemy humiliation, deafness, burns and blindness.”

David Israel

Rubashkin’s Inflated Sentence

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

We are hopeful that a motion recently filed by lawyers for Sholom Rubashkin, former CEO of what at the time was the country’s largest purveyor of kosher meat, will result in a substantial reduction in the draconian sentence of 27 years in federal prison he received in 2009.

The 27-year figure was ostensibly based on the provisions of the standard recommended federal sentencing guidelines judges ordinarily look to when imposing prison time for financial crimes – the greater the greater amount taken, the greater the prison sentence – although they frequently choose an upward or downward departure from the prescribed times.

Mr. Rubashkin was convicted of bank fraud and money laundering. He was said to have caused the banks he did business with to suffer $27 million in losses when he was unable to fully pay back loans he fraudulently obtained. And his sentence was based on the sentencing judge’s interpretation of the guidelines.

But his lawyers now say that federal prosecutors improperly made it impossible for Mr. Rubashkin to repay all of his loans. They say the prosecutors caused the value of his company to go down from $40 million to $8.5 million by intimidating potential buyers and not allowing experienced members of the Rubashkin family to work for any new owner – a very big selling point.

Had he been able to take an offer of $40 million offered by one investor, he would have been in a position to pay back substantially more of the loans and his recommended sentence would have been roughly three years.

Although these issues have been raised before, they were dismissed when prosecutors denied any purposeful efforts to deflate the selling price. However, Mr. Rubashkin’s lawyers say they have located “overwhelming evidence” of prosecutorial misconduct in the form of records of intimidation of buyers and the “no Rubashkins” policy – both leading to the substantial reduction in the sale value of Mr. Rubashkin’s company and causing a radical increase in his recommended sentence.

Indeed, one potential buyer, echoing several others, said in an affidavit that prosecutors were threatening and hostile to them: “We ultimately decided not to purchase the business, in large part because of the threats from the government.”

Sholom Rubashkin has already served about seven years of his 27-year sentence. His lawyers have presented strong arguments – at least on their face –that he should have drawn a term of approximately three years. In any event, he was given a sentence that stands out among those imposed for similar economic crimes.

We are hopeful the court will take this opportunity to see to it that the sentence is substantially reduced. But we would also suggest that perhaps it is time for the prosecuting authorities to reflect on what has been wrought here.

It cannot be ignored that Mr. Rubashkin’s company was a principal target of PETA, which alleged that his company systemically mistreated animals. He was in the middle of a fierce battle with a local labor union. His company was accused of mistreating its immigrant workers. A “kosher standards” commission of the Conservative Jewish movement targeted his company, claiming it could not be considered kosher because such matters as its policies on employee vacations, hourly wages, and coffee breaks did not meet the commission’s own preferences.

In sum, he was an easy and inviting target. Indeed, it is no small thing that the current Rubashkin motion is supported by former federal judges and U.S. attorneys general and that his earlier efforts to get the Supreme Court to review his case were supported by no fewer than 80 former federal judges.

James Reynolds, former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, where the Rubashkin prosecution took place, has labeled the prosecutors’ actions “insidious.” He went on to say that “had this kind of unfair, underhanded, and unnecessary misconduct occurred during my tenure, you can be absolutely certain that the perpetrators would have faced consequences, the very least of which would have been the loss of their job.”

Editorial Board

Iranian Filmmaker Awaiting 233 lashes Sentence over Documentary [video]

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Iranian independent filmmaker of Kurdish origin Keywan Karimi, 33, was sentenced back in 2015 to 223 lashes for his documentary, “Writing on the City,” about graffiti in the capital Tehran. “Writing on the City” is a 60 minutes documentary film Karimi produced in 2012 and completed in August 2015, which has never been shown to Iranian audiences, other than its trailer on YouTube. It has since been shown at film festivals in France, Spain and Switzerland.

Hamid Dabashi, author and Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University called the film “an excellent documentary on the evolution of graffiti in Tehran over the last three decades plus,” and said that “Keywan had brought the narrative of those graffiti down to the aftermath of the Green Movement of 2008 with an acute sense of history and aesthetics.”

And Belgian writer Raoul Vaneigem wrote, “The wall is a mirror / A mirror of the house, of the city, of the world / Reflections of every shape and form stream by it as clouds do in the sky / We have learned to go through the mirror so what was closed will open up / The freedom of the walls breaks down the prison walls / When reality is unveiled, dreams become reality / Under the clothing of creeds and of ideas, what is lived is always bare / Then nothing more conceals a human being from himself / Someday the walls will have the transparency of our desires.”

Understandably, Iran’s authorities were not amused. In December 2013, the Revolutionary Guard showed up at Keywan’s house with an arrest warrant. They took him, his hard drives and other confiscated materials to Evin Prison where he was interrogated and kept in solitary confinement for two weeks. He was released three weeks later on $100,000 bail. After eight court appearances over two years, on October 13, 2015, Keywan was sentenced by the Islamic Revolutionary Court to six years imprisonment and 223 lashings for “propagating against the ruling system” and “insulting religious sanctities.”

Five out of the six years’ sentence were suspended in response to international protest, that included Iranian directors including Jafar Panahi (Taxi Tehran), who also spent time behind bars courtesy of the Islamic State, and exile Mohsen Makhmalbaf (The President).

Nevertheless, the prison authorities are now demanding that Karimi’s punishment of 233 lashes be carried out. “I am waiting for them to come for me,” he told AFP this week. “The support I have received helps break the solitude and solidarity from the film world also warms my heart.” He added that “the fact that my artistic activity is seen as an act of political opposition says a lot about the situation in Iran.”


Numerous Associates Sentenced to Prison with Former PM Ehud Olmert

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Several other associates of former prime minister Ehud Olmert were sentenced to prison Tuesday and fined millions of shekels, along with the ex-politician.

Of 13 top public officials and business leaders who were charged in the affair, 10 were convicted on March 31 of charges of bribery, moral turpitude, money laundering and more.

The guilty sentenced today (Tuesday) were:

Dan Dankner,  former chairman of Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s second largest bank. He is currently joint chairman of Israel Salt Industries. Dankner was convicted on charges of offering hundreds of thousands in bribes to rezone the land on which the Holyland complex is built. Dankner was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and fined NIS 1.5 million.

Hillel Cherney, developer of Holyland, the residential complex project that started the nightmare in the first place. He was convicted on 19 charges of corruption and additional charges of breach of trust.  Cherney was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and fined NIS 2 million.

Avigdor Kelner, another developer of Holyland. He was convicted of two charges of corruption. Kelner was sentenced to three years in prison and fined NIS 1 million.

Meir Rabin, a real estate developer. He was charged with mediating the bribery between developers and government officials for Holyland. Rabin was sentenced to five years in prison.

Uri Sheetrit, a former Jerusalem municipal engineer. He was charged with taking bribes. Sheetrit was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Eliezer Simchayoff, a Jerusalem city council member. He was convicted on two counts of bribery and immediately suspended himself following sentencing, pending the outcome of his appeal.  Simchayoff was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and fined NIS 300,000.

All are expected to appeal to the Supreme Court within a few days.

Others convicted but not sentenced today are:

Shmuel Dachner (deceased), before his death in March 2013 represented Holyland real estate developer Hillel Cherney. Dachner turned state’s witness and gave testimony that formed the core of the case against most of those convicted in March.

Shula Zaken, former top aide to Olmert. Zaken was convicted on charges of corruption and was closely associated with nearly everything the former mayor, minister and prime minister did. She made a plea bargain arrangement with the state that has reportedly led to a prison term of 11 months. She will be formally sentenced this coming Thursday, May 15.

Uri Lupolianski, was assistant mayor to then-Jerusalem mayor Ehud Olmert and then succeeded him in the post. He was convicted on charges of offering  bribes to rezone the land on which the Holyland complex is built. Lupolianski, in poor health, will be sentenced on June 9.

Fines are to be paid in 10 installments, according to the court decision.

Hana Levi Julian

Russian Human Rights Council to Review Jewish Teacher’s Graft Sentence

Friday, August 9th, 2013

The Kremlin’s human rights council is reviewing a prison sentence meted out to Ilya Farber, a Jewish schoolteacher convicted of corruption.

The regional court of Ostashkov, north of Moscow, sentenced Farber last week to seven years in jail after convicting him of receiving $13,000 in bribes from a construction company. The company was seeking permission to renovate a culture club in a village where Farber settled in 2010 and began teaching art to children.

Many in Russia believe Farber did not receive a fair trial, partly because of his Jewish origins, according to Matvey Chlenov, the deputy executive director of the Russian Jewish Congress. Several people have testified that they heard the prosecutor in Farber’s first trial telling the jury: “Is it possible for a person with the last name Farber to help a village for free?” – a statement interpreted as referring to the fact that Farber is Jewish.

The Russian Jewish Congress has collected $30,000 in donations to help support Farber’s three young sons as he prepares to appeal the sentence, Chlenov said.

Alexander Brod, head of the Kremlin’s Human Rights Council, told the news site Utro.ru that he initiated a review of the case because he found the sentence to be “too harsh.”

Farber was arrested in 2011 and convicted. But a higher court scrapped the first conviction because of irregularities, including the judge’s instruction to the jury to “not to pay attention to the words of the defendant.” The conviction last week came in a retrial.

Farber was convicted of taking two bribes of $9,100 and $4,000 from the construction company Gosstroi-1 in exchange for permission to renovate a village club. Prosecutors said he signed off on the completed renovations when in fact none had been made.

Farber was a director at the club.

Chlenov said, “It is obvious Farber acted naively and some locals set him up and dropped their corruption on him.”


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