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Sunday, September 17, 2006

YOU WON! YOU WON! (from: You Can't Say, "I didn't Know")



The following WAS an appeal from Nadia Matar - And Now, Tirzah has been released!

Nadia wrote an article which was passed around emails and posted on various sites and blogs like this one: "Very few people are up to date concerning the case of Tirzah Sariel, a 15 -year-old girl from Samaria, who has been in jail for two and a half months. I want to describe her case, so that we will take joint, and immediate, action to release Tirzah from the Nevei Tirzah prison.

About ten months ago there was an incident involving several Jewish girls and Arab olive harvesters. The Arabs claimed that the girls - how horrible - poured a bucket full of olives on the ground. The police naturally believed the Arabs and wanted to arrest one of the girls. The rest of the girls, including Tirzah Sariel, protested against the arrest attempt, and told the police: "Arrest us, too," and so six girls were arrested. They were released a few days later, and a case was opened against all of them, with no end of false accusations. Tirzah announced that she would not appear for the court proceedings because she does not recognize the court's authority, as long as the judicial system does not operate in accordance with the laws of the Torah.

Before the beginning of the trial, two and a half months ago, they came to arrest Tirzah. It was decided that, since she does not cooperate with the system and would not appear for the hearings of her own free will, she must remain in custody until the end of the judicial proceedings. The law dictates that when a trial is underway and the defendant is incarcerated, the judge must speed up the proceedings and prevent the defendant from remaining in jail for a long time before the trial. The judge in Tirzah's case, Justice Uri Ben-Dor, however, did not act in accordance with this law, and decided that the next hearing in Tirzah's trial would be held four months later. In other words, Justice Uri Ben-Dor ruled that a fifteen-year-old girl will remain in jail for four months, just to wait for the next session of the trial. Even the prosecutor jumped up and said: "Just a minute, we are talking about a 15-year-old child who is sitting in jail, we must accelerate the proceedings." Justice Ben-Dor replied: "That is of no interest to me." Ben-Dor also made sure to express what he thinks about the Land of Israel loyalist public when he said: "You [settlers] are a public that knows to take all the time, but does not know how to give." With such a political and racist statement, it is no wonder that he is acting against a girl who lives in a settlement in Samaria.

Tirzah has already been incarcerated for two and a half months in the Russian Compound in Jerusalem.
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Nadia then asked people to make a fax campaign, and YOU WON!!!!!!!


Nadia: "Our public, whether or not it agrees with Tirzah's position, must rise up against this abuse. Takhlis - the Bottom Line: What Can YOU DO?

1) File written complaints against Justice Uri Ben-Dor with the Office of the Commission for Public Complaints against Judges, 5 Nahum Heftzadi Street, Beit Ofer, Givat Shaul, Jerusalem 95484.
Telephone: 972-2-6595511 Fax: 972-2-6595516
We must complain about the judge not acting in accordance with the law, by not speeding up the proceedings. How can he allow a fifteen-year-old girl to rot in jail for four months, with murderers and other criminals, just to wait for the next court session? This is unforgettable and unforgivable.
What did you do today for the release from Neveh Tirzah of Tirzah Sariel, the fifteen-year-old girl? "

Well, with G-d's help, you all did it! Tirzah will be at home now with her family for the Holidays and has been freed. Please read:

Court Orders Girl Released from Prison
16:55 Sep 19, '06 / 26 Elul 5766
by Hillel Fendel

Dozens of protest faxes apparently did the trick, and Tirtzah Sariel, 15, was abruptly feed from prison today, after weeks of wrongful imprisonment.
Her parents were notified last night that she would be brought to the District Court in Jerusalem this morning at 10:30, before Justice Noam Solberg. The case had been running until now in the lower-level Magistrates Court. Tirtzah's next scheduled court date, as of yesterday, was several weeks from now, well after the Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah holidays. Until then, she was to have remained in prison - for having fought with Arab olive-pickers.

Justice Solberg ruled today that the girl must be immediately freed from jail - but the prosecution asked for 24 hours in which to appeal the decision. Shmuel Medad, head of the Honenu civil rights organization, predicted that it was possible the request would be withdrawn shortly afterwards, and within an hour, he was proved right. The judge said that even were Tirtzah to be convicted of the crime of which she was originally arrested for - pouring out an Arab bucket of olives - she would have sat in prison for less time than she has already been there.

Tirtzah refused to sign any papers in connection with the case, saying she does not recognize a Jewish court system that does not operate according to Jewish Law.Tirtzah's mothe, who was present at the court hearing, told Arutz-7 afterwards, "The prosecutor, in a last-ditch attempt to save face for the Prosecution, gave a whole lecture saying that she had to be punished for not recognizing the court system. It just shows that she was in prison for two and a half months all because she has different opinions than they do!"

An impromptu welcome-home party will be held at Tirtzah's home in Elon Moreh, with many of her friends who visited and spoke to her by phone in prison over the past weeks. Nadia Matar, co-founder of Women in Green, wrote an article on Arutz-7's Hebrew website last week, calling for faxes to be sent to the Commission of Public Complaints against Judges. Matar explained, "We must complain that Justice Ori Ben-Dor acted unlawfully by not speeding up the legal proceeding in the case, and by allowing a 15-year-old girl to rot in prison for four months until the next scheduled court session." Even the prosecutor in the case said, at a recent session, that a four-month hiatus before the next session was too long for a 15-year-old girl, but the judge said, "I'm not interested."

12 Comments:

  • At Sunday, September 17, 2006 6:42:00 AM, Blogger Elaine said…

    Tamar,

    I get a syntax error message on this address .....
    nmatar@netvision.net.il
    Is the problem on my end or is there a mistake with the address? I think this is a wonderful thing to do !! I hope EVERYONE will get involved !!! THIS IS AN OUTRAGE !!!!! Elaine

     
  • At Sunday, September 17, 2006 7:29:00 AM, Blogger Tamar Yonah said…

    Elaine, the email appears to be alright. Perhaps you can try again. But the most importnant thing is to send a snail-mail letter to the young girl.
    Thanks so much!
    Tamar

     
  • At Sunday, September 17, 2006 9:28:00 PM, Blogger Elaine said…

    I'll be honored to "snail" mail Tirzah !! She sounds incrediblly BRAVE !! I can't say how much I admire what she's doing !! She is putting us adults to shame !! Sounds like Israel has the exact same problem with leftist liberal judges that we have in America !! The ramifications of this case could go far beyond Tirzah's case !! As a "settler", as I understand it, she is refusing to except the courts jurisdiction over her ?? They want it BOTH ways, they want to be able to deny the settlers their rights under Israeli law and at the same time to be able to try them under Israeli law. This is WRONG !! Either their full citizens under Israel's jurisdiction or they're not !! This could decide that !! She's right in saying that the courts do not have the authority to try her, if they do not acknowledge the settlers as FULL Israeli citizens !!! And, if they do claim to have the right to try her under Israeli laws, then they (the courts) are admitting that the settlers are FULL CITIZENS of Israel by their declaration of authority over them !!! This will be VERY IMPORTANT "IF" (G-D forbid), they do try to evict 1000's more Israelis' from their homes in Judea and Samaria !! Eviction notices and all other legal and military authority will not apply to the "settlers", IF they are not considered FULL Israeli citizens, therefore NOT under Israeli authority. They can't have it BOTH ways !! Either they have the right to evict them under Israeli law as citizens of the state, OR they DO NOT have the authority because they are not considered to be citizens. What Tirzah is saying, to my understanding, is that she does not wish to recognize the authority of the court. They refuse her the BASIC rights AS a citzen and then they tell her that she is under their authority. WHICH IS IT ??? Citizen with FULL rights OR NOT A RECOGNIZED CITIZEN, and therefore, NOT under their authority !! This could be VERY IMPORTANT when it comes to any future plans for disengagement !! If the settlers are NOT under Israeli authority, THEN they cannot be evicted by that authority, I would think !! Do you see what I'm saying ?? Tirzah is establishing a PRECEDENT which will determine whether Israel has the legal authority to evict the "settlers" or NOT !!
    I REALLY ADMIRE this young lady !!!

     
  • At Sunday, September 17, 2006 9:55:00 PM, Blogger Annette said…

    Tamar,
    Consider it done! I will write and post and write and post,whatever I can to help.Such injustice makes me crazy and I will defend anyone that is discriminated against for defending WHAT IS RIGHT! Could these people be any more 'WRONG' than they are? There are places in Hell reserved for people such as this,the sad part is it takes too damn long for them to make their reservations! Every time I hear Tovia say, Smallmert's government is falling- I shout! NOT FAST ENOUGH! lol drag him out by his ears- put him on stage so people can throw rotten fruit at him- then tell him to go HOME AND STAY THERE! That worm should be ashamed and unable to show his evil face anywhere in Israel but, the simple fact that he can actually get up and act as if he did nothing, SPEAKS VOLUMNS! Anyone that could face those that he betrayed and betrays to this day - without any shame - is nothing more than a snake. His legs should fall off so he would have to slither- that would be justice!

     
  • At Sunday, September 17, 2006 9:55:00 PM, Blogger Annette said…

    Tamar,
    Consider it done! I will write and post and write and post,whatever I can to help.Such injustice makes me crazy and I will defend anyone that is discriminated against for defending WHAT IS RIGHT! Could these people be any more 'WRONG' than they are? There are places in Hell reserved for people such as this,the sad part is it takes too damn long for them to make their reservations! Every time I hear Tovia say, Smallmert's government is falling- I shout! NOT FAST ENOUGH! lol drag him out by his ears- put him on stage so people can throw rotten fruit at him- then tell him to go HOME AND STAY THERE! That worm should be ashamed and unable to show his evil face anywhere in Israel but, the simple fact that he can actually get up and act as if he did nothing, SPEAKS VOLUMNS! Anyone that could face those that he betrayed and betrays to this day - without any shame - is nothing more than a snake. His legs should fall off so he would have to slither- that would be justice!

     
  • At Monday, September 18, 2006 9:16:00 AM, Blogger Annette said…

    Tamar,

    do I need a zip code? I have my letter written to both the complaints commission as well as tirzah but I didn't see a zip code with her address?

     
  • At Monday, September 18, 2006 9:18:00 AM, Blogger Annette said…

    Tamar, I have both letters ready but I didn't see a zip code with the address for Tirzah? Do I need a zip code?

     
  • At Monday, September 18, 2006 9:23:00 AM, Blogger Tamar Yonah said…

    You don't need a zip code. If you want, you can add 'PRISON'

    Tirzah Sariel
    POB 229
    Neveh Tirzah Prison
    Ramleh
    Israel

    Thanks and G-d bless,
    tamar

     
  • At Wednesday, September 20, 2006 6:08:00 AM, Blogger Elaine said…

    Tamar,

    That's FANTASTIC NEWS !! May HaShem be praised !!! I'm so very happy for Tirzah and her family !! Now, they can enjoy the up-coming holidays as a family, as it should be !! She's an extradinary young lady !! Thanks for bringing us the good news !!! Shana Tova to Tirzah and her family and to you, Tamar !! Shana Tova to everyone !!!

     
  • At Wednesday, September 20, 2006 11:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Praise HaShem for her release! She is free only because G-d brought her home through the outpouring love of His people. Way to go G-d!
    Steve

     
  • At Thursday, September 21, 2006 12:50:00 AM, Blogger Annette said…

    PRAISE HASHEM! and to think someone told me it probably wouldn't do any good to write.This is one example of 'not listening' is a good thing! hahaha! I am so happy she is home with her family- Tamar? is there a way to get a letter to Tirzah now that she is home - or maybe email? I doubt my letter would ever reach her.What a trooper this young lady is! happy,happy, joy, joy! You are awesome Tamar! I am certain you deserve some praise for getting the word out there! much love- Annette

     
  • At Wednesday, October 18, 2006 12:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Why, but why is Israel holding such a cruel punishment against a pure soul, such a brave and innocent young girl?
    If you can get to her, please let her know that for all I am concerned, what she deserves is a medal -- and her freedom, it goes without saying!

     

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