Location: Israel

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tzviyah Sariel

So much to repair....
This eighteen year-old religious girl who's commenced her fourth month in an Israeli jail: Her name is Tzviyah Sariel.
The judge was too ashamed to announce the decision publicly - or possibly she suddenly had to rush to the bathroom - and she left a stenographer to announce the additional month in captivity. It is apparent that the government, through the state prosecutor, had decided what must happen, and sadly the judge went along. So this court had nothing to do with justice.
The government and their toadies have so demonized those pioneering settlers who believe in Judaism's dream of one nation, under G-d, that they do not view the settlers as human beings, but instead merely as interchangeable nuisances.
Obviously, what made it hard for the judge was the unexpected twist of mistaken identity. The sentence had been determined in advance: the accused was going to be released only if she cooperated. What the prosecution had overlooked, however, included the common decency of the elderly Arab who had been expected to testify against the accused. Despite the urging of the police and the prosecution, he refused to punish an innocent young girl. The girl who had abused him had been released. He and another witness testified that Tzviyah had done nothing more than shout. But instead of accepting that it was a case of mistaken identity, dismissing the charges and releasing Tzviyah, the judge condemned the witnesses. She really couldn't do much else because, before the hearing, she had obviously agreed with the prosecution on the sentence, and the prosecution had determined that their prisoner needed to be taught a lesson, that an example had to be set to show the futility of resistance.
What the trial shows, however, is that the government is corrupt and needs to be resisted. Indeed, the government needs to be overthrown, and replaced by leaders who believe that Israel belongs to the Jews, who accept the burden of being a light to the nations and, as such, must do what is right in our eyes, regardless of the opinions of others.


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