The ongoing persecution of Rav Eliezer Berland, shlita, by the Israeli government has taken another stunning turn, as it transpired that the same judges who have repeatedly refused the Rav’s request to be freed or placed under house arrest let loose the Arab killer who murdered two people in cold blood, and injured five more in a shooting in Jerusalem on October 9, 2016.
In no less than seven court appearances, a decision was handed down to free the Rav, but certain people were so angered by this that they quickly arranged for these rulings to be overturned. Amongst the judges who were more than happy to overturn the decision to have the Rav freed, Ms Joya Sakpa Shapira stood out as one of the people who piled on a number of difficult legal arguments – moments before the Rav was about to be released – as to why he should be kept in prison, stating that he was a ‘danger to society’.
This was the courts ruling “The decision to release Rabbi Berland either completely or to house arrest during investigation is overruled as he is a charismatic man and can have a strong influence on his surroundings” – In other words a Rosh Yeshiva who teaches Torah and has influence on his thousands of students is considered a danger to Israeli society.
Nevermind that the Rav was already 80 years old, and not in the best of health. Nevermind, that there was no evidence against the Rav whatsoever.
The ongoing official persecution and intimidation of the Rav has been dressed-up with the lies that the elderly Tzaddik Rav Berland is a ‘danger to society’, and had to be locked up for the Israeli public’s own good.
To keep the elderly Rav illegally in prison, the judges in question used legal statutes that are designed to keep suspected terrorists locked-up, while the Israeli government finds enough evidence to have them formally tried in court.
But then, after the shocking drive-by shooting on October 9, 2016 at Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill, which left two people dead and five wounded, it turned out that exactly the same judges who were so careful to imprison Rav Berland, had freed the Arab terrorist who committed the latest atrocity.
Israel’s Channel 2 reported that: “Just last month, Judges Hagit Mac-Kalmonovitch and Joya Sakpa Shapira, who serve in the Jerusalem District Court, decided as part of their deliberations to postpone the jail sentence of the terrorist who committed the attack at Ammunition Hill. They also decided to lift the restrictions on the terrorist that were preventing him from entering Jerusalem.”
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