March 23, 2019
Almost six thousand Palestinians are currently detained in Israeli prisons, most are charged with “security-related offenses,” and conviction rates hover around 95 percent. Lawyers who take on Palestinian cases go up against a system of occupation that’s considered illegal by international law.
However, Gaby Lasky, an Israeli lawyer who fights some of the toughest legal battles on behalf of Palestinian clients, says it’s her moral obligation.
It was the slap and kick that went viral. And landed Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi in Israeli military prison for eight months while some Israeli ministers were calling for a life sentence. Gaby Lasky secured the lesser sentence. She has been representing Palestinians in Israeli courts for twenty years.
Mohammed Khatib, another client of Lasky, is also an attorney and an activist. He’s up for indictment on charges of assaulting a soldier, participating in a non-approved march and obstructing justice.
In cases against Palestinians, charges tend to be general. For example, passive resistance is always termed “assault.”
Lasky, a former Israeli army officer, today is considered a traitor by many Israelis. She said she is dancing with the wolves and has gotten threats, but she doesn’t back down.