2 Kislev 5778
20 November 2017
The Abominable Quote of the Day
A left that wants to change Israel, and which has repeatedly declared this, must ally itself with Israel’s Arabs, with the Palestinians and with the movement to delegitimize Israel around the world. . . We have to join the BDS movement . . .
Dr. Ruchama Marton, Acting President Physicians for Human Rights
Physicians for Human Rights. It has a nice ring to it. And what could be more benevolent than doctors doing all they can to help poor underserved and discriminated against populations get much needed health care?
But it is not so. Physicians for Human Rights is just one of an untold number of nauseating NGOs that have as their mission the delegitimization and even elimination of the state of Israel. They are doctors for everyone’s human rights except those of Jews.
The News on the Israeli Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
Another day, another 30 terror attacks targeting Israelis.
Where did the attacks take place? Here are 15 of the 30 locations:
Shuafat, Deir Abu Mash’al, Eli, Beit Sahur, Tekoa, al-Mu’ayyar, Maazra, Luban a Sharqiya, Isssawiya, Beit Ur al-Tahta, Halhul, Hevron, Hizma, A-Tor, and Qalandiya.
These attacks were reported by Israeli citizens on rotter, hakolhayehudi, and Rescue Judea and Samaria.
Rivlin’s Pardon Denial: The Last Act In A Travesty of Justice
Once more, Elor Azariya, our Hevron soldier, has been stabbed in the back by a disgustingly biased “kangaroo” justice system that arrested, tried, and convicted him.
The last stab came yesterday when President Reuven Rivlin denied Azariya a pardon. It wasn’t just the fact that he denied him a pardon though; it was how he did it.
While Azariya was still on trial, his lawyers toyed with the idea of going straight to Rivlin and bypassing the military court. But Rivlin told them “no pardon at this time”; Azariya could not apply for a pardon prior to being convicted. All of this was done amidst intense public pressure to release Azariya.
So then, Azariya was convicted, and again he wanted to ask Rivlin for a pardon. But again, Rivlin said “no pardon at this time”; this time he told Azariya he would have to wait for Military Court to sentence him.
And then, the Court sentenced him to 18 months for manslaughter in one of the worst decisions ever handed down by a court in this country. Again, Azariya wanted to ask for a pardon. But Rivlin again said “no pardon at this time”, this time saying that IDF Chief of Staff Eizenkot would have to decide on reducing the sentence before he would intervene.
Finally, after three months Eizenkot intervened, reducing the sentence from 18 months to 15 months. Azariya again applied for a pardon from Rivlin. Apparently out of excuses, Rivlin told everyone that he would make a decision by January.
Well, it didn’t take until January. After a year of teasing the Israeli public and Azariya with the likelihood of a pardon, Rivlin flatly denied it yesterday. In doing so, he did not inform Azariya or his lawyers of his decision; instead he announced it to the media.
Perversely, it was a fitting end to a judicial process that was entirely played out in the media.
Rivlin published the reasons for his denial. Essentially he focused on concept of “purity of arms” and said (referring to himself): ” . . . the President concluded that taking all considerations into account and in light of the above, an additional lightening of your sentence would harm the resilience to the Israel Defense Forces and the State of Israel.”
Harm the resilience to the Israel Defense Forces? In the wake of the Azariya process, morale in the IDF is at an all time low because our soldiers know that they cannot even act in self-defense without being hauled before a military tribunal. What Rivlin’s decision has done–and all the other decisions of others that came before in this unseemly mess–is immeasurably weaken the IDF and make it hostage to political correctness.
But wait . . . Rivlin had one last bone to throw Azariya’s way telling him that even though there was “no pardon”, he (Rivlin) understands that the prison system will be considering reducing his sentence in three months.
Your humble servant doesn’t have the words for the miscarriage of justice done Azariya or the utter travesty of Rivlin’s decision. Instead of taking the opportunity to pardon Azariya for a crime he should never have been convicted of and in the process healing a giant rift that has developed between the public and the IDF General Command because of its handling of the case, Rivlin sided with the same IDF General Command.
Rivlin’s pardon denial was the last act in a travesty of justice.