Something is up. I'm not sure what...and I'm not sure whether I should be uncomfortable or happy. What's going on you ask?
The Israeli Judicial system has done something right. Yeah...big shock. Luckily I was sitting down when I read it, but here's the story.
Elad Pas was convicted of assaulting an Army officer during a demonstration in Chevron (where he lives). Well...sort of. He was brought up on charges of pushing a soldier who was the liason to the officer. The judge in his case, one Aylath Ziskind, of the Jerusalem court (Beit Mishpat L'Shalom Yerushalayim), didn't think that pushing a soldier would give a stiff enough sentence and convicted him of punching the officer. So he was senteced to a heavy fine and 6 months with community service as well.
Well on appeal the judges, surprisingly enough, stated that Ziskind made up the whole thing about Pas punching the officer. Reprimanded her. Ordered the prosecution to purge the record of the conviction. Of course since as Rav Dov Lior Shlit'a once stated, that the Praklitut (the body within the Justice ministry in charge of prosecuting the government's cases) is The Source of Evil in our generation, they still were pushing for at least a month and a half of community service in light of the serious mistake made in case.
Elad Pas will be filing a formal complaint.
Anyway...I'm still flabergasted. Not that a judge in Israel can make stuff up to fit in with her warped political view and use the Judicial system to further those views, that's run of the mill stuff around here. (That one is pointed to Kishnevi and his comment on my previous post about Tirza Sariel) I'm still shocked that twice in one week a judge (or in this case a panel of 3) has put his political viewpoint aside and judged a case on merits.
Aschalta D'Geulah Mamish.
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