Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Sanhedrin Rabbis To Be Investigated

Here is the latest attempt of the Israeli judicial establishment to use their power as a means of quelling free speech:
Police were instructed to investigate rabbis calling to apply the 'din moser' - an edict that calls for capital punishment of one who betrays a fellow Jew to the authorities - to IDF Central Command Chief Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh. Assistant State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan gave the order Wednesday.

Remember the name Shai Nitzan. I'll mention a little bit about him later on in this post.

The headline to the ynetnews article I just quoted reads as follows:

Rabbis who threatened IDF general to be probed

Central Command chief, who recently signed a number of preventive restraining orders against right-wing extremists, receives letter from special Sanhedrin-affiliated court stating his alleged infractions and detailing death verdict

This is of course a media distortion. Matthew Wagner at preceded ynetnews with this kind of garbage journalism on
A group of rabbis have issued a halachic opinion implying that OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh deserves to be killed.

The Sanhedrin has already responded to Wagner's distortions on their web site. Being that the case is clear cut i.e. no threats were issued here, I wondered what makes Shai Nitzan want to waste the police's time. A Google search found some very interesting information about Mr. Nitzan from Ben Chorin's blog:
The Knesset Law Committee (vaadat chukah) held a hearing today on two reports on violations of rights of disengagement opponents... Three little girls who sat in jail for extended periods came but weren't given an opportunity to speak at the hearing. They were interviewed by the press before the session. If anybody hears or sees coverage of the story in the press, please let me know...

Shai Nitzan, the assistant DA in charge of prosecuting disengagement opponents (and a no-longer-kippa-wearing graduate of Netiv Meir) tried to downplay the charges by noting that only 5 kids were detained for the duration of proceedings against them. This was totally disingenuous since it deliberately ignores the many more kids who were held for over a month but not for the duration, as well as the many who were put under house arrest with no legal justification.

Caroline Glick also took notice of Mr Nitzan:

This week, Israel's state prosecutor's office announced that it is considering a plan that would declare "negligent" parents of minor children who are repeatedly arrested for taking part in protests against the government's withdrawal and expulsion plan from Gaza and northern Samaria.

In so declaring the parents, the state would pave the way for the forcible removal of these children from their homes and their transfer to state custody. That is, the Israeli government's newest way to fight opposition protests against its plan to forcibly remove 10,000 law-abiding Israeli citizens from their homes, farms and communities this summer is to threaten parents with the forcible removal of their children from their custody if their children don't agree to stop protesting against the forcible removal plan.

This child confiscation proposal, which was defended on Wednesday by Deputy Attorney-General Shai Nitzan, is more than simply controversial. It is totalitarian. It is not simply hard-hearted. It is inhuman. And in announcing it, the government showed that in light of the precipitous drop in public support for its plan, it has lost its connection to the principles of democracy, morality and simple human decency which are the outstanding characteristics of the Israeli public.

Hashem Yerachem!

Update: The Failed Blogger Messiah doesn't know how to distinguish between truth and media distortion. And he has the gall to write in the header of his blog,
"The seal of G-d is Truth." – Rabbi Hanina, Babylonian Talmud Sanhedrin 64a

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