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Israel: Israel Seeks 12-year Jail Term for Blogger Accused of Slandering Public Officials

June 10, 2019

The exceptional indictment contains 120 accusations against Lori Shem-Tov and others; the prosecutors apparently see this as a test case for online shaming

Supporters of Lori Shem-Tov demonstrate for her release, 2018.

Israel’s state prosecutor is seeking a 12-year prison sentence for blogger Lori Shem-Tov, who is accused of crimes including invasion of privacy and insulting civil servants, among them judges, in online publications.

At one meeting that Shem-Tov’s attorney held to discuss a plea bargain with Tel Aviv District Attorney officials, prosecutors reportedly insisted that she serve at least 10 years in prison. The district attorney’s office denied that report.

The indictment filed in April 2017 against Shem-Tov, along with fellow blogger Moti Leybel and attorney Zvi Zer, is unusual in scope. Covering 231 pages, it includes 120 accusations concerning internet activity. The three are accused of serious offenses of conspiracy to commit various crimes against social welfare, law enforcement and judicial officials; invasion of privacy; sexual harassment; insulting a civil servant; contempt of court; and violating gag orders relating to publicizing the names and images of minors.

Shem-Tov and Leybel are also accused of blackmailing a private lawyer to cut a deal with them, and threatened her that they would continue defaming her if she wouldn’t oblige them.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israel-seeks-12-year-jail-term-for-blogger-accused-of-slandering-public-officials-1.7353653

https://www.timesofisrael.com/state-said-seeking-12-year-sentence-against-blogger-for-harassing-judges/

Israeli human rights lawyer Zvi Zer

Argentina/Israel/Iran: IRAN, ARGENTINA AND A 25-YEAR-OLD TERROR ATTACK

June 19, 2019

The AMIA terror attack on the social services hub of the Argentine Jewish community remains the largest terrorist attack in Latin America.

RESCUE WORKERS search for survivors and victims in the rubble left after a powerful car bomb destroy

Next month will mark the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the AMIA building in Buenos Aires, which took the lives of 85 people and injured more than 300. The attack on the social services hub of the Argentine Jewish community remains the largest terrorist attack in Latin America. Memorial services marking a quarter century since the attack will begin this month.

To this day, justice has not been served to the victims and their families.

For three years in the wake of the attack, the judge heading the inquiry produced 22 arrests – mostly Buenos Aires provincial policemen – and a trial that, in the end, amounted to nothing more than a diversionary wild goose chase. A representative of our organization attended every day of the nearly three-year trial.

But the stench of a cover-up hovered over those proceedings. Not-guilty verdicts were handed down for those brought to trial, and the judge was later impeached for attempting to bribe a witness to give testimony incriminating police officers and for his general mishandling of the case. He was summarily removed from his post.

But what did come out of early scrutiny of the attack was the unmistakable hand of the Iranian regime. At first, it was studied speculation, but by 2006, two prosecutors in the case officially put the finger on Tehran. Operatives connected to the Iranian embassy in Buenos Aires were identified, but at that point, they all had made their way out of the country.

The case was turned over to two new prosecutors, Alberto Nisman and Marcelo Martínez Burgos, who in 2007 brought the matter to Interpol. They had requested that “red notices,” or arrest warrants, be issued to nine suspects, including former Iranian president Ali Rafsanjani, former Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati and former Iranian ambassador to Argentina Hadi Soleimanpour. Interpol’s executive committee let those three officials off the hook, choosing instead to issue notices for the other six suspects.

Years passed, but Nisman, now working alone, pressed ahead. In 2015, he was ready to release evidence that a deal had been negotiated at the highest levels of the two governments, which would see Tehran deliver oil to Argentina in exchange for food, weapons and a pledge to convince Interpol to drop the red notices on the terrorist suspects.

On the eve of this information being shared in the Argentine Congress, Nisman was found dead, from what the authorities called a suicide. Doubt immediately surfaced, given the nature of the charges Nisman was about to bring. Subsequently, the mysterious circumstances of Nisman’s death have become clarified, and evidence points to him having been murdered.

https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Iran-Argentina-and-a-25-year-old-terror-attack-593057

https://en.mercopress.com/2019/06/15/argentina-hosts-regional-summit-on-hezbollah-ahead-of-the-25th-anniversary-of-the-amia-bombing

https://www.jns.org/bipartisan-resolution-introduced-in-house-to-mark-amia-bombing/

https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/argentine-embassy-in-uk-commemorates-amia-bombing-ahead-of-25th-anniversary.phtml

https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/sir-alan-duncan-failure-to-catch-amia-bombing-killers-intensified-suffering/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman

https://www.lanacion.com.ar/politica/investigaran-a-echegaray-por-las-filmaciones-de-alberto-nisman-dias-antes-de-su-muerte-nid2258198 (ESPANOL)

https://www.perfil.com/noticias/politica/investigan-ricardo-echegaray-videos-alberto-nisman-ezeiza.phtml (ESPANOL)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (FRANCAIS)

Israel/Palestine: The Inspirers: Israeli lawyer fights legal battles on behalf of Palestinians

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.

https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d774e3255544e33457a6333566d54/index.html

http://cosmos.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/php/authors.php?auid=19557

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/mohammed-khatib

https://www.liberation.fr/planete/2018/02/20/gaby-lasky-tres-occupee_1631072 (FRANCAIS)

Israel/Palestine: Lawyer among seven Palestinians detained from West Bank

March 18, 2019

WAFA

Israeli forces detained at least seven Palestinians, including a lawyer, in multiple overnight raids across the West Bank, said the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

Israeli military vehicles raided the northern West Bank city of Jenin, where soldiers detained three Palestinians after storming their families’ houses.

PPS confirmed that Israeli forces detained two Palestinians, including a lawyer, from the northern West Bank district on Nablus.

In the southern West Bank, PPS confirmed that two Palestinians were rounded up from Bethlehem district.

Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers.

http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=4CP3G0a108803451207a4CP3G0

http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=DHWbmFa108804402960aDHWbmF

https://imemc.org/article/army-invades-searches-homes-of-two-political-prisoners-in-ramallah/

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-following-protests-police-release-wife-of-palestinian-lawyer-under-investigation-1.6999324

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/03/gaza-hamas-must-end-brutal-crackdown-against-protesters-and-rights-defenders/

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-hamas-crushes-protests-at-cost-to-its-popularity-1.7039204

Argentina/Iran/Israel: Buenos Aires Jewish Center Bombing, 25 Years (and No Convictions) Later

March 6, 2019

At 9:53 a.m. on July 18, 1994, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a suicide bomber in a Renault van detonated more than 600 pounds of explosives near the entrance to AMIA (Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in English), a five-story center that has, for generations, provided and sponsored a variety of crucial services for the largest Jewish community in Latin America. 

The terrorist killed himself and 85 people who were in or near the Jewish center and injured hundreds. In the nearly 25 years since, there have been trials, accusations, public demonstrations, private lawsuits, volumes of testimony, videotaped bribery, at least one suspicious death and countless articles about Argentine malfeasance and the suspected involvement of Iranian, Hezbollah and Hamas officials. To date, no one has been convicted. 

“Justice” and “impunity” were key words in a symposium about the incident, held on Feb. 21 at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. The event, “25 Years After Argentina’s AMIA Bombing: Justice vs. Impunity,” featured American and Argentine speakers, mostly attorneys, many of whom have been personally involved in unsuccessful attempts to fully learn the facts and hold the perpetrators and their allies responsible, whether in Iran, Lebanon, Syria or Argentina. 

The first half of the symposium took place in a large classroom. Around 50 people attended. Each presentation was followed by critiques from experts and questions from the audience. One of the presenters was Gastón Chillier, an Argentine attorney and human rights activist, who spoke from Buenos Aires via Skype. He summed up the current state of the investigation, saying, “As of this day, Argentines do not know what happened.” 

https://jewishjournal.com/news/los_angeles/community/294823/buenos-aires-jewish-center-bombing-25-years-and-no-convictions-later/

http://www.jwire.com.au/25-years-after-the-amia-bombing-justice-is-again-denied/

http://www.thetower.org/7272-in-argentina-five-convicted-ex-president-and-7-others-acquitted-for-obstructing-amia-probe/

https://www.euronews.com/2019/02/28/argentine-court-clears-ex-president-menem-in-jewish-bombing-cover-up-case

https://www.dw.com/en/ex-argentine-president-cleared-in-1994-jewish-center-bombing-cover-up/a-47734089

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/middle-east/hezbollah/former-argentine-president-acquitted-of-interference-in-amia-bombing-investigation/2019/03/01/

https://worldisraelnews.com/forensic-expert-who-declared-amia-investigators-death-not-a-suicide-found-dead/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47409716

http://www.israelhayom.com/2019/03/19/key-argentinian-pathologist-in-nisman-case-found-dead/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Alberto_Nisman

https://www.elciudadanoweb.com/el-periodista-pablo-duggan-presenta-su-libro-quien-mato-a-nisman/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.lanacion.com.ar/politica/la-corte-dejo-firme-prision-cristina-kirchner-nid2226329 (ESPANOL)

https://www.clarin.com/politica/amia-confirmaron-esteche-seguira-preso-juicio-oral_0_4-g7qicVV.html (ESPANOL)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (FRANCAIS)

https://www.juedische-allgemeine.de/juedische-welt/freispruch/ (DEUTSCH)

https://internacional.estadao.com.br/noticias/geral,perito-do-caso-nisman-e-encontrado-morto-em-buenos-aires,70002759728?utm_source=estadao%3Afacebook&utm_medium=link&fbclid=IwAR00MDHPk6EBSOBrT21Vy6nenOg2KjLVoObAkbU2UeK50mn6q2tyHtPQElk (PORTUGUES)

Israel/Palestine: Following Protests, Police Release Wife of Palestinian Lawyer Under Investigation

March 6, 2019

Palestinian and Israeli lawyers say Amal Barghout’s detention was entirely designed to exert pressure on her husband, who was arrested last week alongside senior figure in a militant group

FILE Photo: Ofer prison.

The Ofer military court in the West Bank released on Wednesday Amal Barghout, the wife of an attorney who was arrested in Ramallah last week alongside a senior figure in a Fatah-linked militant group. Tarek Barghout has been undergoing questioning by the the Shin Bet for the past week.

Amal Barghout was arrested early on Tuesday morning. About 30 Palestinian and Israeli lawyers immediately filed motions calling for her unconditional release, arguing that there were no suspicions against her and that her detention was designed entirely to exert pressure on her husband.

Tarek Barghout was arrested alongside Zekariya Zubeidi, a senior figure in the Palestinian Prisoners’ Ministry, formerly of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. Both are suspected of recent involvement in terrorist activity, according to the Israeli military spokesperson’s office and the Shin Bet.

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-following-protests-police-release-wife-of-palestinian-lawyer-under-investigation-1.6999324

Argentina/Israel/Iran: Marking Fourth Anniversary of Alberto Nisman’s Murder, Israel Unveils Memorial to Argentine Prosecutor Who Sought Justice for Iran-Linked Bombing of Buenos Aires Jewish Center

January 18, 2019

Israeli and Jewish leaders on Friday marked the fourth anniversary of Argentine federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s murder by unveiling a memorial plaque in his honor at the Ben Shemen forest in central Israel.

Nisman’s body was discovered in the early morning of Jan. 19, 2015 — hours before he was due to unveil a complaint against the former government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner over its alleged collusion with Iran in effectively exonerating the Islamic Republic of responsibility for the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people were murdered and more than 300 wounded.

Nisman had been investigating the AMIA atrocity since 2005, with his efforts resulting in the global law enforcement agency Interpol issuing six “red notices”  in 2007 for the Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah operatives believed to have planned the attack.

Kirchner’s government falsely maintained that Nisman’s assassination was a suicide until an independent police investigation in May 2017 established beyond doubt that the prosecutor had been murdered. More recent efforts within Argentina to bring Kirchner — who is now a senator — to trial over both the alleged AMIA cover-up with Iran and Nisman’s murder have so far failed.

https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/01/18/marking-fourth-anniversary-of-alberto-nismans-murder-israel-unveils-memorial-to-argentine-prosecutor-who-sought-justice-for-iran-linked-bombing-of-buenos-aires-jewish-center/

https://argentinareports.com/four-years-on-fresh-calls-for-justice-for-alberto-nisman-and-the-amia-bombing/2322/

http://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/four-years-later-the-nisman-murder-case-is-wide-open.phtml

http://www.batimes.com.ar/news/opinion-and-analysis/questioning-nisman-and-his-detractors.phtml

http://en.mercopress.com/2019/01/19/four-years-on-ex-prosecutor-nisman-s-death-remains-unsolved-as-the-amia-attack-from-1994

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/120533/iran-killed-argentine-prosecutor-nisman/

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/432511/The-truth-is-gradually-emerging

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/432608/The-gap-between-AMIA-and-DAIA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Alberto_Nisman

https://www.clarin.com/politica/homenaje-alberto-nisman-israel-piden-aclarar-muerte-atentado-amia_0_f4qCOyU_o.html (ESPANOL)

https://radiomitre.cienradios.com/abogado-las-hijas-nisman-sostuvo-lagomarsino-estar-preso/ (ESPANOL)

http://ciberfogon.com.ar/un-ex-director-del-mossad-vinculo-a-iran-con-el-asesinato-de-alberto-nisman/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.diariodemocracia.com/nacionales/197360-homenajes-cuarto-aniversario-fallecimiento-fiscal-/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.enlacejudio.com/2019/01/18/israel-kkl-inaugura-monumento-en-memoria-del-fiscal-asesinado-alberto-nisman/ (ESPANOL)

https://elpais.com/internacional/2019/01/17/argentina/1547746280_821100.html?id_externo_rsoc=TW_CC (ESPANOL)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (FRANCAIS)

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