Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Mountain's Molehill

If you follow my blogging, I have had a few on the Torat HaMelech business as well as the Kfar Yassuf mosque torching incident.

I denounced and condemned the violence that was perpetrated and criticized the book but, true to my education in liberalism's values, I suggested that not all you read is true about arrests and investigations.

I pointedly mentioned ADL's Abe Foxman's tirade as baseless and prejudiced.

Well, read this:-

Last two suspects in West Bank mosque arson released to house arrest

The Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court on Sunday released to house arrest the final two suspects who were being held by police for their alleged involvement in the torching of a West Bank mosque in December.

Tzvi Sukkot and Shlomo Gelberd - both residents of West Bank settlements - were arrested more than two weeks ago along with five other suspects - four of them teenagers. The other suspects were released from custody shortly after their arrest.

...The court had last week extended both of their remand citing evidence tying the two men to the incident beyond a reasonable doubt...Both Sukkot and Gelberd denied the allegations against them...During the hearing on Sunday, police showed the court covert reports on each of the two men which allegedly tied them to the arson, but the suspects continued to deny the allegations against them. The court finally ruled that the evidence was not sufficient to extend their remand for a fourth time.

The defense attorney said he would appeal against his client's house arrest. "It's time that the relevant parties do some soul-searching about how they handled this investigation on this case, and the unnecessary arrests."

With the above, you get this:

Member of Knesset Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) attacked the police, the Shabak Israel Security Agency [GSS] and the court system on Sunday for their conduct in arresting suspects in the December 11th vandalism of a mosque in the Samarian Arab village of Kafr Yasouf.

Responding to the release of two more suspects to house arrest, Dr. Ben-Ari called for "self examination by the Jewish Unit of the Shabak which specifies targets and crosses red lines." He added, "The time has come for the court system to protect persecuted, innocent citizens and not to dance to the tune of the Shabak."

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