March 17, 2008
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Tzvia Sariel cleared by rabbinical court and forcibly returned to solitary confinement.
In an unprecedented move, Tzvia Sariel, in jail for more than three months without formal charges, was ordered released by a rabbinical court in
Her "crime"? She refuses to cooperate with Israeli authorities, which have kept her in jail without evidence or witnesses in an attempt to intimidate her and other Jewish activists from protesting the Olmert government's plan to destroy the Jewish community in Judea and
On March 14, Netanya Magistrates Court Judge Smadar Kolander Abramovitch ruled that Tzvia be brought to the rabbinical court to enable the rabbis to convince her to cooperate with secular Israeli authorities. On March 14, she was taken in leg irons to the rabbinical court, which declared her innocent of charges of assaulting an Arab and ordered her immediately freed. At that point, however, prison guards spirited Tzvia to a waiting van and she was
returned to prison to continue her fourth month in jail.
"This was totally unexpected," Rabbi Chaim Richmond, one of four rabbinical judges, said. "In our presence, the prison warden made a call and they were expected to take Tzvia back to a civil court to be released."
The treatment of Tzvia is not exceptional. Since 2005, when the Israeli
government planned the expulsion of the nearly 10,000 Jews from the Gaza Strip and northern
them involving minors, were issued against those who protested the government's destruction of Jewish communities in Judea,
"Every day and every hour that Tzvia Sariel spends behind bars is injustice to this girl," Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, head of the rabbinical court, said. "Justice demands that she be released immediately. It is a serious stain on the judiciary system in
The major Israeli media, particularly the state-operated radio and television, did not mention a word of this travesty of justice. So, we must turn to you, lovers of
As a first step, we request that you telephone -- rather than e-mail -- the Israeli Embassy or the Israeli consulate nearest you and demand to know why Tzvia is still in prison. The embassy's phone number is 202-364-5500. Stress, that as an American citizen, you can ask the State Department to investigate what you feel is clearly a human rights violation.
Now, we are asking you to call your member of Congress and raise the issue of Tzvia Sariel. We also ask you to call the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and inform them of Tzvia and demand an investigation. Tell the department officer you have also raised Tziva's case with your member of Congress. The State Department's main numbers are 202-647-4000 or 1-800-877-8339.
The Olmert government, with an approval rating of near zero, has refused any accountability to the Israeli people and fears only the Bush administration. Unless we act now, there will be many more Tzvia's in jail.
If you agree with this, please act quickly. What could be more important than winning the release of a Jewish child imprisoned for loving her country and people?
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its clearly time for a law of habeus corpus in israel
Barbara Sommers responds:
Dear List, amv"sh
I received a copy of the ruling in Hebrew for Tzvia Sarial from the Sanhedrin (see attachment). What follows is my translation (not professional) Please refer to the original ruling in Hebrew as well. Robin
Sanhedrin -Rabbinical Higher Court of 71
Rachel Imeinu 47 Yerushalayim 93228 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 02-5661962 fax: 02-5664137
A Beit Din, a Rabbinical court, for matters of the people and the State under the auspices of the Sanhedrin (an independent operative)
The Beit Din, a Rabbinical court, for matters of the people and the State under the auspices of the Sanhedrin, had a court session regarding Tzvia Sariel, today, Friday, the 7th day of Adar Bet, 5768, close to the onset of the Sabbath.
This is contrary to halacha, rabbinic ruling which has determined that a Beit Din does not convene on the Eve of the Sabbath (Erev Shabbat).
Being that this was a matter of Nefashos, concerning a mortal being, the court convened as an exception to this rule.
Being that they (shin beit"samech) didn't bring the girl at the time that was set by the Beit Mishpat Hashalom Netanya Magistrates Court Judge Samdar Abramovitch in Netanya, and instead of 12:00pm, the girl was brought to the
Because of this we are submitting an abridged version of the decision and the continuation in the future will contain an organized summation.
Tzvia Sariel notified the secular court that she has the right to be judged in a Rabbinical Court of Torah.
The Rabbinical Court has concluded that Tzvia Sariel is being mistreated, abused in prison, a test to embitter the time she has been in prison, by punishing her with solitary confinement four times, withholding reading material, withholding outside excursion etc. The incarceration is only as a punishment for her loyalty to the Torah of Israel. Tzvia Sariel can not be the sacrificial lamb of a struggle of prestige and honor of the Secular Court of Law.
In view of the above, the Rabbinic Court regarding matters of the people and State, has determined that Justice obligates her immediate release.
This incident is one of many where there is an unavoidable conflict between the judicial system and the general public, who are observant of Torah and Mitzvoth, especially with those living in Judea and
In light of the above, it is proposed that an apparatus whereby the components of the judicial system and the Rabbinical court regarding matters of the people and State, is established, to minimize the friction between the court of the Torah and court of the State.
This Rabbinical court according to the Torah orders her immediate release without conditions and to erase all charges brought against her.
"And this whole nation will return to their place with peace"
Yisroel Ariel, Av Beit Din
Chaim Richman, Judge
Dov Stein, Judge
Hillel Weiss, Judge
Pinchus Angel, Judge
Meir Chai CHakuk Halevi, Judge
Noam Federman, Secretary.
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