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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Some judges' orders don't get executed - three teenage girls still held

The Canadian government announced yesterday that it was removing the United States and Israel from the list of countries in which prison inmates may be tortured in a manual on torture designed for its foreign ministry workers. Were it not for the fact that I would interpret almost any such anti-Israel statements by non-Jews as being anti-Semitic, I would say that maybe they were right about Israel.

I have now noted twice the saga of seven teenage girls who have been under arrest (and worse) since December 25 and have been held incommunicado for refusing to identify themselves. Last week, a district court judge ordered the police to let one of the girls go because the girls are not required to identify themselves. You would think that the police would draw the correct conclusion and let all of the girls go. You would be wrong.

In addition to the one girl ordered released, three other girls were released after the police broke into their parents' homes Thursday night and stole pictures of the girls to identify them (how the police knew which homes to enter if they didn't know who the girls are is something I leave for the state's attorney to explain to a judge when the time comes). But three other girls are still being held in what is at least the defiance of the spirit of a court order.
District Court Justice Noam Solberg ruled last Wednesday, regarding one of seven incarcerated girls, that whether or not the police succeed in identifying her, she must be freed by Friday at noon. Judge Solberg hinted that it is up to the police to identify them, and that it is not the girls' obligation to identify themselves.

As a result, the police entered the homes of several of the girls on Thursday night and confiscated their photos. Consequently, the next day, four of the girls were released. (A baby sister was born to one of them just a few hours later.) The police claim, however, that they were unable to identify the other three girls - and they therefore remain in prison.
But this has now gone beyond the question of releasing three girls who ought never have been arrested in the first place. If this accusation is true, and I have little doubt that it is, a civil war in this country could well be on its way:
The girls' parents and the Honenu civil-rights organization demand that Justice Solberg's ruling be carried out in full. They say that police and the Prison Service are ignoring the ruling merely because Justice Solberg himself is a "settler," i.e., a resident of Judea and Samaria. "There is no other explanation for the fact that the authorities refuse to accept the ruling of a District Court judge," Honenu said in a statement, "and prefer to cruelly harass young girls and their parents."
So the police and the prison system will now only accept court rulings coming from judges who are 'politically correct'? What a hideous prospect.


At 2:15 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - if the highlighted portion of your statement is true, the state will lose the ability to enforce the laws since it will be seen to be hopelessly biased against a part of the population. Sure, it will retain the means of coercion and it continue to arrest and imprison people but it can longer get them to accept it as legitimate.

And once a system loses legitimacy the writing is on the wall. The Soviets couldn't break Sharansky and within a decade they weakened and then finally disappeared from history. Israel's branja now faces the same fate after being unable to break seven Jewish young women.

At 2:46 PM, Blogger Mother Effingby said...

It seems that a segment of Israeli is willing to sacrifice and die for its birthrights. What of the other segment? Is anyone willing to live or die for their rights as Israelis to live in Israel?

At 3:08 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

They're sanctifying the Name Of G-d. For Jewish children from the Religious Zionist movement - the highest value is no longer the state... which is an idolatrous expression.

The highest value is fear of G-d and the only law that is legitimate is His Torah. The rule of the heretics is decisively rejected. The state's agents may be able to break the bones of Jews and do violence to their bodies but it cannot, no matter how much force it applies, crush their spirit!

Therefore, the young women are typical of those who will lead Israel in the next generation. And it is through them that the Redemption will be break through to its realization.

At 6:18 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Sad. The rule of law, and the respect for the law are one of the many things that differentiate us from the savages.

When the police willingly disobey the law, illegally break into and enter a house, steal material within the house, all in a bid to continue prosecution, then, please, tell me, how does this make us different than the communists? Well the communists went further and invented evidence, but thats not such a big step after breaking and entering, and theft.

Israel has enough enemies external to it. It does not need a thugocratic police force to incite sections of its populations against each other, to add to its list of enemies.


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