|Israel Resource Review
||31st July, 2005
Our Efforts to Free our
by Moshe Belogorodsky
We would like to update you on our work in this struggle.
We realize many of you may not have the time to read this
entire email, so we will summarize it first and then add more detail
below for those interested. We strongly suggest you read on and find out
what is REALLY happening in Israel today.
A. Legal Lowlights:
Chaya's case is now being used as a legal precedent to
incarcerate other protesters, including children, until the end of their
legal proceedings. Thus it is now more vital than ever to fight Chaya's
case and challenge this horrifying state of affairs.
1) 2 other young girls join us in the case.
2) After a month in jail, the girls are still considered a
"danger to public peace".
3) Freedom of speech in "the only democracy in the Middle
East"? Think again!
4) The Probation Service and the Prosecution proposed the girls
be released into a kibbutz. When they argued that this might entail
compromising their religious beliefs - the prosecutor insisted they
would have to choose between leaving the prison and compromising . It
would be "educational" for them, she argued. No, I am NOT making this
BE. PR Highlights:
1) Attendance at a special meeting with the Knesset Committee.
Members outraged at the situation.
2) Posters put up in Jerusalem, Yehudah and the Shomron to
protest the injustice - see link below.
3) Rounds of TV, radio, and newspaper interviews conducted in
4) Formation of The Committee for the Prisoners of Zion in Zion.
More Detailed Accounts:
News from the legal front
We have started the second round in the legal battle. In this
round, parents of two other girls - Moriah Goldberg age 13 (!!!) and
Pnina Ashkenazi age 16 - have decided to join our case. Moriah and Pnina
were arrested at the same demonstration, and were jailed at the same
time as Chaya.
Our goal in this round of proceedings is to get a wider panel
of judges to hear our case in the Supreme Court. We have filed another
appeal to the lower court, claiming that a month in prison was enough of
a "lesson" to insure that the girls will not return to road-blocking
activities again. We asked the court to release them into our custody
under full house arrest. We brought in precedents from the Supreme Court
decisions where the Supreme Court released rapists, armed robbers and
drug dealers to house arrest - even those who were re-arrested for
repeating similar crimes WHILE THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE UNDER HOUSE
ARREST. The judge refused our petition, claiming that the "danger to
public peace" would be too great if the girls are released. Rape, armed
robbery and drugs apparently are less dangerous to public peace than
standing on the sidewalk to protest !! Here are some "gems" from the
1. Here are the words of the state prosecutor Ms.Karni Davis,
explaining the reasons for keeping these dangerous to public criminals
behind bars:" If this court releases the accused to their village to
complete house arrest, even if they learned their lesson, and even if
they adhere to the house arrest - this is not enough. These girls will
continue their protest from home. The prosecution believes that if the
girls are released back to their villages, they will talk to other
people there, tell them their stories and cause other people to
participate in similar demonstrations. Therefore, the danger to public
peace still exists, even if they are under full house arrest."
This, from the mouth of a State prosecutor in the only democracy
in the Middle East. It is now illegal to talk . No, I am not making this
up - it is a direct quote from the protocol of the court from 27.07.2005
proceeding #000917/05 in the case # 001487/05 in Tel Aviv youth court.
2. It doesn't end there. It gets better. Probation services and
the prosecution proposed a "humane" solution to release the girls from
prison. "We can arrange for them to go to a kibbutz". The girls turned
down this offer. When asked by the judge why, they explained that the
kibbutz would be very far from home, so they would rarely see their
families. No less important, the religious level of most of the
religious kibbutzim is not at the level they keep. Here is the State
prosecutor's response:" The accused have to decide between remaining in
Maasiyahu prison or being in the kibbutz. I am certain they will choose
the kibbutz, even if this means that they'll have to exercise more
caution regarding the fulfillment of their religious needs.
This will not cause damage. on the contrary, it will be educational".
What the prosecutor is telling 13 year old Moriah and 14 year
old Chaya and the world, is that if they want to leave prison soon -
they have to be ready to compromise on their religious observance!!!
When I heard this, I could not sit quietly anymore. I got up
and shouted that I couldn't believe my ears! "In Communist Russia in
1930's the State took away the children of the "enemies of the People"
for "re-education". I cannot believe the State of Israel is doing the
same in 2005!" Well, the judge ordered me removed from the courtroom.
If you find all of this hard to believe - I'll be happy to fax
you the Hebrew original. We are working on setting up a site where we
will post all the legal documents relating to the case.
News regarding the public awareness campaign
1. We participated in a special session of the Knesset Committee
for the Protection of Children in Israel. Members of the committee, from
MK Gila Finkelstein (Mafdal) on the right to MK Ran Cohen (Meretz) on
the left were visibly shaken by both the legal absurdity of this case
and by the treatment of the girls inside the prison. MK Ran Cohen said
that if they were not released by the end of the week, the entire
committee - 5 MKs - will visit the prison once a week. MK Gila
Finkelstein was outraged by the obvious discrimination against the
girls. She demanded an explanation from the police representative as to
why a 14 year old is in prison, while not one member of the Histadrut,
who block the roads to get salary increases, are ever arrested. She
promised to visit the girls on Thursday, July 28. After the session we
approached a number of MKs who agreed to sign the petition demanding the
2. We pasted 500 posters throughout Judea, Samaria, and
Jerusalem. The posters, entitled " Sharon can sleep peacefully - the
enemies of the Nation are behind bars", include pictures, a brief
summary of the legal proceedings and a request for help to continue the
struggle. We would like to raise $ 3,000 to conduct the next stage of
poster campaign throughout Israel. You can see the poster at
3. We have appeared on numerous TV and radio stations in Israel,
bringing the plight of our girls into the public eye and explaining the
threat every citizen of Israel faces following the legal precedent set
in this case. The case generated a strong response from both right and
left, including lawyers for 'Peace Now" who condemned the arrest.
4. We have spoken to a number of other parents whose children
are held in jail for similar "crimes" and an idea was born to form a
committee that would represent all of us, in front of both the public
and the state systems. The response was favorable, and the initial
meeting of all the parents will be called for very soon.
5. We will send out a petition demanding the release of the
girls. The petition should be faxed to all of the Supreme Court judges.
We want to flood them with petitions and send them a message that the
public is troubled by the abuse of the basic human right that this case
represents. Stay tuned for this e-mail.
We will continue our struggle for the freedom of our
children, and we need help.
House # 310
For tax-deductible contributions:
Am Yisrael Chai Foundation ( please mark on the check
"freedom for Chaya")
6 Hazel Place
Woodmere, N.Y. 11598
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A Letter to My Seventeen Year
Old Daughter at Auschwitz
Bedein in Jerusalem to Leora Bedein in Poland.
As I write this letter to you today, you and your schoolmates visit the
Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkanau in Poland.
At this moment, you view the remains of the crematoria, the ovens, the
inmate blocs, and the train tracks that took millions of our people to their
You are witness to evil incarnate.
Why and how such evil can occur will now rack your brain.
That evil does not escape us.
We all know that Germany was defeated in WW II.
However, Nazism was not defeated in 1945.
The idea that Jews can be murdered, because they are Jews, remains.
The idea of wiping out the Jews in World War II was
promoted by the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin El Husseini,
who hosted Adolf Eichmann in 1936 in Jerusalem.
The Mufti made Eichman understand that Hitler's mission would not be
complete if he only persecuted the Jews,
as in generations before.
The Mufti feared that if millions of Jews survived, they would then move to
Palestine and pioneer a Jewish state.
So the Mufti worked with Eichmann on the idea of "Jihad", to launch a holy
war of total destruction,
so that Jews would have no escape from Europe.
Yet the Mufti was allowed to escape, even though he lived with Hitler in his
bunker, and the Mufti was allowed to continue the Nazi legacy in Palestine.
And when Eichmann was brought to trial in the new state of Israel, Golda
Meir, the foreign minister of Israel, asked that the Mufti also be brought
to trial for the crime of genocide.
That did not happen.
Instead, the Mufti nurtured students: Yassir Arafat and Machmud Abbas, and
taught them what he had instructed Eicahman: To kill the Jews in phases,
one stage at a time, in one area at a time, so that no Jew would ever wake
up to the reality that they really meant to carry out a "final solution".
And how did the Nazis get away with that crime and how do the Mufti's
students seem to get away with their crimes?
Their method: Instill apathy in Jews whose own families are not yet being
killed to believe that they are not targets of hatred and that they are
not targets of murder.
The lesson: to listen to the message of our enemies.
And never to be apathetic when fellow Jews suffer.
Their suffering is our hurt.
Leora, this summer, as in previous summers, you work as a counselor
with children whose parents or siblings were murdered by Arab terrorists.
And when you work with them, you understood that the PLO bullets and the PLO
bombs were meant for any Jew.
This is the evil incarnate that we Jews face today, from the ovens of
Auschwitz to the faces of children orphaned by the PLO.
They kill Jews for one reason: Because they are Jews.
That is The Nazi legacy that we live with.
That is the reality that we cope with.
No matter how difficult it is, our answer is to continue our
lives as Jews, which is the ultimate challenge answer to the Nazi
legacy that lingers.
We look forward to welcoming you home at Western Wall of the Temple Mount in
Jerusalem in a few days.
From Evil Incarnate to Hope Everlasting.
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