Whatever Happened To Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

10 Tevet 5778

28 December 2017


The News on the Israel Street

Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .

Just when it seemed that there was a downtick in violence in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem, there were more than one hundred terror attacks targeting Israeli men, women, and children at the following locations (each of these had multiple attacks):

the Beituniya Crossing, Beit Agza, Sinjil, Bil’in, Madma, Jayyus, Yitzhar, Qalqilya, Rojib, Shechem, Psagot, Hevron, El Aruv, the Ma’ayan Spring near Neve Tzuf, the Telmon Junction, Deir Nizam, Beitin Bridge, Qalandiya, Beit Ummar, Abu Dis, throughout Gush Etzion, al-Fawwar, Kifil Haris, the Tapuach Junction, Halhul, the Hevron Hills, Deir Qadis, Genia, Gush Talmonim, Kafr Aqeb, Sabah Al-Hir, Abaye Nahlal, Azzun, Nabi Saleh, Har Homa, Silwan, Issawiya, Nili, Ofarim, Shukba, Jericho, Auja, all along the Gush Etzion-Hevron Road, the Hawara checkpoint, Nabi Elias, Um Tzuba, Rachel’s Tomb, Jilazon, Salem, Ein Kefir, Elon Moreh, all along Road 443, Adora, and numerous other places.

In addition, there were IED attacks in Salem and at Rehelim.

All of these attacks were reported by residents to Rescue Judea and Samaria, rotter, and hakolhayehudi. Not one syllable about the attacks was reported in the international news or the mainstream Israeli media

Interesting numbers . . .

*4000 new immigrants arrived in Israel in 2017. This number included 377 families with 677 children. The remaining number were single women and men.

*According to a Gallup poll, Benjamin Netanyahu is the 9th most admired man in the U.S. (the top 12 in order were: Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Pope Francis, Billy Graham, John McCain, Elon Musk, Bernie Sanders, Bill Gates, Benjamin Netanyahu, Jeff Bezos, the Dalai Lama, Mike Pence).

*The past is present: the 10th of Tevet fast is today. The tenth of Tevet was the day that Nebuchadnezzar began the siege of Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, in the year 586 BCE (other people place the date at 597 or 598 BCE).

*Last week, it was reported that a 42 year old Jewish woman in Jerusalem had just given birth to her 20th child.

Now try to follow this: yesterday a 38-year-old Jewish woman who lives in the Old City gave birth to triplets at Hadassah Hospital. At roughly the same time in Hadassah yesterday, the woman’s oldest son’s wife gave birth to the woman’s first grandchild. By the way, the woman has 11 other children–so now she has a total of 14 children and one grandchild. 

A purge in Jordan . . .

In a shocking development similar to what recently happened in Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah removed his two brothers (Prince Faisal and Prince Ali) from their leadership positions in the Jordanian military and ousted his cousin Prince Talal as well.

Apparently these ousters were meant to clear the way for King Abdullah’s son, Prince Hussein to be the sole successor to his father’s throne. It is also theorized that Abdullah felt that a coup might be afoot.



Whatever Happened To Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

For what good it will do, after three days of rancorous debate, the so-called “Recommendations Law” passed its second and third readings in the Knesset by a vote of 59-54.

Here is what the situation was before the Law was passed last night:

1. The police open an investigation into a possible crime. In Israel, such an investigation of a political leader might proceed for years and even decades.

2. While the investigation is underway, the police unethically leak every tidbit of information they can to prove that the person under investigation is guilty. The media publishes and broadcasts these tidbits 24 hours a day, everyday. Thereby the person under investigation is tried in the press.

3. If the police finally decide that an indictment is warranted, they present all of their information to the Attorney General. At the same time, they present their recommendations to the media.

4. The Attorney General then decides whether to indict the person under investigation or not. This process can take up to a year.

5. If the person is indicted, a trial takes place (unless there is a plea bargain), and the person’s guilt or innocence is determined.

What did the Law passed yesterday change?

The Law would stop Step number 3 above: the police would be stopped from presenting their recommendations to the media. 

Isn’t this the way it should be? Aren’t people innocent until proven guilty? It’s bad enough that the Israel Police is a “leaking machine”, but publishing its supposedly damning recommendations is just another way of finding a person guilty before a trial determines if they are or aren’t.

Why did your humble servant write at the beginning “For what good it will do”?

In the first place, whether they are prohibited from doing so or not, the Police will leak their recommendations.

In the second place, the law has already been challenged this morning at the Israel High Court of Justice by Yair Lapid (head of Yesh Atid), The Movement for Quality Government, the Yeshad party and others. To think that the High Court will not do something to render the Law moot is absurd (which is the reason that the Knesset must pass a law to circumvent the Court).

Why is Lapid challenging the law? Because polls show him to be Netanyahu’s main challenger, and he feels that Netanyahu might be forced to resign if the recommendations are officially made public.

A final word. A member of Lapid’s party ranted this yesterday:[The Law] is one of the most corrupt laws the coalition has passed. It’s a law born in sin, a personal law meant solely to protect the prime minister from investigations against him.”

What utter nonsense.

The final version of the law specifies that the law cannot apply to any investigation begun before the law passed yesterday–in other words, every investigation against Netanyahu. 

Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?


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