The murder suspect who WAS released is...

Susie Dym,

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Susie Dym
Susie Dym serves as spokesperson for Mattot Arim, with over 20 years of expertise on "peace-for-peace" issues.

Amazing. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/09/israel-imprisons-two-jewish-extremists-administrative-detention-arson-attack-palestinian-west-bank - it's reported even in the Guardian.

Evyatar Slonim and Meir Ettinger have been in administrative detention for nearly six months. In contrast, Ezra Nawi has been released despite videotapes documenting his suspected involvement in murder of Arabs. This is different because ...? Because the Arab victims in Ezra Nawi’s case were Arabs who sold land to Jews? Do we who are Jews think that selling land to us is a crime hence murderers of that sort of Arabs is ok? Furthermore, a suspect in the Duma fatal arson – Ben-Uliel – has already been indicted.

It is high time that the imprisonment without trial of Slonim and Ettinger come to an end. As AFSI wrote this week, “No democracy keeps prisoners indefinitely in solitary confinement without any charges.” Israelis are in favor of due process.

The principles the Government of Israel should follow are these:

a. It is essential that an arson which led to the death of parents and a baby in Duma needs to be investigated  - but properly. Administrative detention violates the principle of “innocent until proven guilty”. It is a tool used for rampant terrorism against the State of Israel and its allies and is not suitable for an isolated case of murder, shocking though that case may be.

b.  All probable and possible suspects, Jewish and Arab,  should be investigated. The Israeli public believes that the courts have no choice but to convict a Jew for the Duma arson even if the evidence is mainly or solely a confession obtained under inappropriate circumstances. To dispel this widespread concern, the government should specifically report to the public as to whether or not steps have been taken to investigate Arab suspects as well. If 4 different arsons occurred in Duma in the last few months (see Sara Beck’s report,  here: http://www.maariv.co.il/journalists/Article-495449) , law enforcement authorities should be mulling this carefully, and keeping the public posted that they are doing so. Is that happening?

c. Defense Minister Yaalon says he “knows” that the perpetrators of the fatal arson in Duma were Jewish. Unfortunately Defense Minister Yaalon – hailing from the kibbutz movement traditionally affiliated with the Israeli left – has not always been a trustworthy source,  of late, when speaking to the press about non-defense issues namely the Jewish community of Judea and Samaria.  At any rate, if knowledge confirming that Slonim or Ettinger are perpetrators, then they should be indicted and  tried. Not imprisoned without either of these 2 cardinal steps, leading the public to wonder whether anything is really known against these men.  

d. The Government of Israel should delicately hint to American Jewish groups – if they cannot discern this need on their own – that US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro needs to learn to mind his own business. He has had the audacity to criticize Israel’s law enforcement policies: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4754628,00.html.  Ironically, it took years not months until  the powerful country that Shapiro represents  finally managed to convict the Arab perpetrator who murdered Meir Ettinger’s grandfather (Meir Kahane)  in a roomful full of people in the United States of America  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Meir_Kahane#cite_note-8 , and those like Shapiro who live in tin houses should not be throwing can-openers. If Shapiro feels impelled to contribute toward law enforcement in Judea and Samaria, he could speak up for solving the mystery of who hacked two children to death in Tekoa which is also in Judea and Samaria: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murders_of_Koby_Mandell_and_Yosef_Ishran.  While “only” 6 months have elapsed since the fatal Duma arson, the murderer/s of Israeli-American pre-teen Koby Mandell and his friend Yosef has or have been at large for 15 years!! If anyone can find protestations whatsoever - by Ambassador Shapiro or any other US Ambassador -- about this, anytime over the past 15 years, kindly forward same to mattot.arim at gmail dot com.

e. The Government of Israel cannot, unfortunately,  rely blindly on Shabak evaluations of the Jewish community of Judea and Samaria, after radical former Shabak chief Carmi Gillon stated that “There is not any difference in my eyes between ISIS and the (recently apprehended suspected) Jewish terrorists”, and added that the Jewish suspects must be dealt with harshly because they “refuse to compromise” (?). http://new.jpost.com/landedpages/printarticle.aspx?id=441857. Similarly, the judge who reviewed Ettinger’s case reportedly said that Ettinger should remain in prison without indictment, trial or conviction because he “has not changed his views” (?) /Articles/Article.aspx/18288#.Vq0UH49OJes. The Government of Israel needs to distance itself from this sort of politics and demonstrate to the public its commitment to preventing and identifying all factual perpetrators of violent crime – period.

f. The Government should clarify that violent crime is OUT, whereas Jewish building in the Land of Israel is IN. This will clarify that the red line is against violence, not against the Land of Israel, strengthening the rule of law and weakening any who would succumb to violent tendencies.

The continued imprisonment of Evyatar Slonim and Meir Ettinger is indicative of a larger problem. Feel free to use the above information when you write to:

Minister Yaalon, Fax: 972-2-5303506. Email: pniot@mod.gov.il

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: Fax 972-2-6703398. Email: mankals@pmo.gov.il  pm_eng@pmo.gov.il         

President Reuven Rivlin. Fax: 972-2-588-7225. Email: public@president.gov.il.

You can also write your appeal right here below so it will be seen by the public. Political figures are sometimes more affected by what the public reads about them (i.e. here) than by what you write to them privately.