Friday, 6 November 2015

The Angel of Death Sets Her Eyes on Palestinian Children

The Angel of Death beside a dead 'snake'
It is perhaps a fitting comment on Israel's justice system that it has far-right zealot Ayelet Shaked as its 'Justice' Minister.  She wants to tear up even the most minimal protection for Palestinians in the Israeli state.  She has waged a long-standing war against the 'pro-Arab' bias of Israel's Supreme Court i.e. it occasionally finds for Palestinians when the law doesn't allow it to do otherwise. [see Ayelet Shaked Plans to 'Rein In' Israel Supreme Court , Forward 17.5.15] 
Shaked and the leader of the religious settler party, Naftali Bennett Jewish  Home
This is one of the myths of Israel, that the Courts are 'biased' against Zionism.  It is a long-standing prejudice of all settler societies when their court system has to pay at least nodding tribute to the principles of justice.  Unlike previous occupants of the post, Shaked has no legal qualifications.  Even the Nazis' Ministers of Justice used to have law degrees but Netanyahu deems that if the only qualification necessary to be Justice Minister is to be a 100% bigot, why insist on a law degree?  

Tony Greenstein

“I visited my son in jail. I saw marks from electric shocks on both his arms, they were visible from behind the glass. I asked him if it was from electric shocks...
Israeli’s extremist Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, has shocked even her most ardent supporters by proposing a new criminal law that will allow minors under the age of 14 to be imprisoned.
Shaked in the Knesset
Shaked is aggressively pursuing the change in law as prosecutors attempt to charge a 13-year-old Palestinian boy with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing two Jewish Israelis.

Current law dictates that minors can only be charged at age 12 and can only be sent to prison at age 14.
Ahmed Manasra and his 15-year-old cousin allegedly stabbed a man in a neighborhood in northeastern Jerusalem, before stabbing a second victim, a 13-year-old Jewish boy.

If Mansara is found guilty before turning 14 years old, the judge will not be able to sentence him to prison, according to Israeli law. The judge can intern him in a youth facility, but only until age 20.
Shaked would like to amend the law quickly to ensure Manasra receives jail time if convicted.
Short of that, the prosecution could try to extend the trial against him until January when he turns 14, the Jerusalem Post reports.
A Palestinian child being brutally detained by Israeli occupation forces
Shaked’s spokesman was unsure that the amendment would happen fast enough to apply to Manasra, but hoped that changing the law would solve the issue for future cases, according to the Post.
A Justice Ministry spokeswoman said a request had been received from Shaked to move forward on the issue and they are in the early stages of exploring the legal implications of such a change.
After the attack, Manasra’s cousin was killed by police, while Manasra was hit by a car and injured as he fled.
The Red Cross refuses to call on Israel to release Palestinian children held by army
The stabbings were a part of the latest wave of clashes in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict which has killed dozens and injured more in the past month.
Shaked has earned a controversial reputation for inflammatory statements about Palestinians. Last summer, she posted to Facebook a quote from a late Israeli activist. It described the entire Palestinian people as “the enemy,” called youths who become “martyrs” while attacking Israelis “snakes” and said their mothers should “go to hell” with them.
Some criticized the post as a call for genocide of the Palestinian people.

It was not her first controversial comment about Palestinians. When asked during a 2012 Israeli television interview if she hoped her husband – an Israeli air force pilot – “would be pounding the Arabs hard with bombs” when he flew, she laughed and then replied “Yes.

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