29th Day of the Omer
Before Shabbat I was in touch with someone who has more details about the upcoming release of Meir Ettinger from administrative detention and the people who campaigned for it; this person permitted me to quote without naming; thus, the following interview.
It is difficult for former Americans and others who have experienced similar government structures to understand how Israel operates; it is a democracy, but certain things don’t work in the same way and thus certain actions taken will not have their intended effects. For instance, protesting and otherwise asserting the people’s will; petitions don’t work here but other things do, as we will see. (That’s why I will not put up notices for petitions here for Israeli prisoners anymore. They do not work.) I learned a lot through this conversation and wish to share.
It is my hope and prayer that this post and similar ones that I have written in the past will join with the writings of others to help with Pidyon Sh’vuyim פדיון שבויים, a very important mitzvah, the freeing of prisoners. Consider all the Prisoners of Zion throughout history: These are Jews who are either 1) in jail for sentences far longer than fitting for their crimes because they are Jews (cf. Jonathan Pollard); or 2) just because they’re Jews (like Meir) — any excuse will do. Nowadays, defending oneself against the enemy is a frequently-employed reason to ban a person from his hometown or put him in jail; in Meir’s instance, it was his writings and even, apparently, manufactured writings attributed to him.
Center: Netzach Binyamin Ettinger. Credit: original video by Kol haYehudi/still derived by Yeshiva World News
CDG: Is there any thought about suing the government to pay the legal bills and for the campaign? After all, our taxpayer shekels went into the injustice, against our will. I for one would rather have the government use what they already have to pay for the injustice they caused, not only to Meir, but to all the other detainees as well.
Source: They can't sue. Administrative Detention is legal in Israel.
CDG: I apologize for my ignorance. I have never lived under laws like this before. I'm confused, so thank you for patiently explaining all this to me.
So, if I understand you correctly, because there are no charges against Meir, can there also be no financial compensation for his imprisonment? What about the loss to his reputation (among some sectors; in ours it has been enhanced, surely), his health, the fact that he couldn't see his son born or brissed [circumcised -CDG]? How about how this affects his wife? And all for NOTHING Meir did wrong.
I want Mashiach now, this minute.
Source: They can't sue. Right now there are 300 Arabs under Administrative Detention. I am glad for that because it keeps them off the streets, so less terrorists walking around. The first Jew they used Administrative Detention on was Rabbi Kahane. He knew it was an ongoing thing so he fasted until he started to lose his eye sight and then they allowed him out. He had rabbis trying to convince the Rabbi to eat even a piece of bread the size of an olive. He refused. His name and organization was too big to allow him to die and they let him go. Meir Ettinger fasted and start to faint on and off. They didn't even take him to the hospital, but treated him in jail. If they want you to confess to something or think you know something or feel you are a danger, or whatever the h*ll they feel they can put you under this administrative detention in jail or even in your home. They did that to Noam Federman and he couldn't go out even on his porch, not step outside his door. They watched and if he was caught, he would be back in jail. No charges: Old British Law. They don't have to tell you or your lawyer why they are holding you. I have lived here since 1978 and have seen much.
CDG: Well, I hope I did something right, then, when I posted the link to the fundraising site on the notice in the upper right corner. I hope that some people respond to it. This is why I was asking.
Source: We need the flow of money to keep this going with publicity. Petitions are ok, but government really doesn't care about that. In America every town has representation, and your representative would care what you wrote or the petition you sent. She wants to be elected again. We don't have that in Israel. You vote for a party and that is it. Of course, they want to get elected again and try to do what people want, but some change when they become MKs and some are reined in by the Prime Minister if they are in the coalition. It’s a different system. Democratic, but much different than America.
DIRECTIONS: To donate to free the rest of the Jewish detainees still in jail since last summer and fall (many are minors, and none of them have conspired to assassinate people, burn houses down or any of those things; many of them are the ones I am asking about along my sidebar), CLICK HERE. If you are donating from outside of Israel, open the "To Donate..." box and fill out the fields, skipping the ID# field, and press Click to Donate. Thank you!
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