Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Most Disengagement Youths on Their Way to Pardon

Our Heroic Youth!

That they were arrested in the first place is a stupid thing.

If they wanted to arrest someone, they should have started with the brutal thugs who “arrested” them by beating them over the head with batons and trampling them under the hoofs of horses.

Amona was Israel’s Kent State.

by Hillel Fendel

( The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee passed parts of a proposed bill to grant amnesty to protestors who face charges from the Gaza Disengagement in 2005. Shimshon Cytryn, however, faces eight more months of jail time.

The committee convened on Tuesday and passed three of the bill's six clauses. Sponsored by MK Ruby Rivlin (Likud) and supported by close to 40 others, the bill has been in deliberations for nearly a year.

In July 2007, the Knesset approved the bill's preliminary reading by a 37-10 vote.

The Justice Ministry and the MKs have still not reached an agreement on exactly who will be pardoned. The MKs agree that those accused of life-threatening actions not be pardoned, while the Prosecution wants to prosecute anyone whose alleged crimes are considered "grave."

Out of 482 Disengagement-protest cases filed by the police and Prosecution, 257 have concluded: 4 people were found innocent, 48 were convicted, 140 others have been indicted, and the proceedings in 58 cases are being held up.

MK Rivlin expressed satisfaction at the results of the committee session. "Despite the attempts by Justice Ministry elements to delay the proposal," he said, "logic has won out, and the heart of the proposal has now been approved... I believe that this bill will be able to remedy a deep gash in Israeli society that came about as a result of the Disengagement and is still bleeding."

Shimshon Cytryn
The case of Shimshon Cytryn, now 21 and married, apparently does not fall into the category of pardonable offenses. Cytryn was arrested in the summer of 2005 and jailed for seven months on suspicion of having attempted to murder an Arab - when in fact he had simply been involved in a rock-throwing fracas in Gush Katif, the origins of which are disputed. The media quickly dubbed the incident a "lynching," highlighting reports that an Arab rock-thrower was in mortal condition.

In fact, however, it was quietly reported just a day later that he had been lightly hurt - but the references to a "lynching" continued.

This past December, Cytryn was acquitted of the attempted murder charges, but was sentenced to six months of community service for "aggravated assault" and "presence in a closed military zone." The Prosecution promptly appealed the decision, and the Supreme Court then delivered the final ruling: 15 months in prison. Shimshon is to begin his final eight months in prison in early July.

Asked about chances for parole, sources close to the case told Arutz-7, "Based on the ardor that the 'system' showed in trying to keep him in jail on such meager pretenses, it's not likely that they'll let him go so easily... But we can hope."

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