Friday, August 3, 2007

Jewish Prisoners' Saga: Shlomi Barred from Brother's Wedding

The Israeli "justice" system is so twisted at this point, I'm not sure it can be salvaged.
by Hillel Fendel

( Hundreds of Arab terrorist prisoners are home free, but 25 Jewish security inmates remain in jail. One of them was even banned from his brother's wedding last night.

Shlomi Dvir was sentenced in 2002 to 15 years in prison for his role in a failed bombing of an Arab school. He and his two co-defendants claimed the bomb was never meant to go off, but the court, in its role as arbiter of intentions, ruled that this was only an oversight on their part. "The court entered the realm of 'intentions' by saying this [placing an empty battery] was done accidentally," their lawyer claimed at the time.

For his crime, Dvir has been allowed to leave prison only one time in the past five years - a few-hour leave when his baby daughter was born. The Dvirs have four other children.

Shlomi's request to attend his younger brother's wedding Thursday night was advanced by several Knesset Members, but the Prison Service refused to even respond until Thursday morning.

The Council of Families of Jewish Security Prisoners stated, "Thursday morning, the day of the wedding itself, Shlomi received an official letter from the Minister of Public Security, Avi Dichter, in which Dichter forbids his release for his brother's wedding for unclear 'security reasons.'"

Council sources say that over the past few days, family members and MKs tried to intervene on Shlomi's behalf, but to no avail. It is of import to know that Shlomi's brother Shachar, who is also in prison on similar but lesser charges, was permitted to attend the wedding.

Shlomi is imprisoned together with Ofer Gamliel, father of seven who was also sentenced to 15 years, and Yarden Morag, father of four who was sentenced to 12 years. They are all residents of Bat Ayin in Gush Etzion.
Demand: Release Jewish Prisoners

The Council continues to reiterate its demand that "Minister Dichter and the Israeli government act to release the 25 Jewish nationalist prisoners who acted out of a security crisis." Some 450 people were murdered by Palestinian terrorists in the year 2002 alone.

"And until they are released," the Council states, "they must be afforded at least the most elementary rights such as vacations, regular visitations, permission to go to weddings and the like that are given with no disruption to the other prisoners."

The Almagor Terror Victims Association notes that in the past weeks, four Jordanian terrorist murderers have been released to Jordan, 255 Palestinian terrorists have been freed, dozens of wanted Fatah terrorists were allowed to find "refuge" from Hamas in Ramallah, and another 178 have been removed from Israel's wanted lists (conditional on their cessation of terrorism).

"Palestinian terrorists should not be freed before their sentences are over," Almagor says, "but if they have been released, then Jews should be freed to. There are only 25 Jewish prisoners... Experience has shown that 0% of Jewish security prisoners return to terrorism when freed, compared with 80% of Arab terrorists... Former President Ezer Weizmann set a precedent nearly 10 years ago when he accepted a list of Jewish prisoners submitted by the Honenu legal-rights organization and agreed that just because they do not have supporters who kidnap soldiers for ransom purposes doesn't mean they don't deserve the same consideration Palestinian terrorists get."

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