Shabbat Shalom. Besorot Tovot, good tidings to come. I was told that Shvat stands for '"Shenishm
ah Besorot Tovot". Two great pieces of news since Tu Bishvat - first the Hamodia article, now this - is the tide turning?
Here below, first the not so good that just happened; but then, the very good!
Overkill Charged in Kfar Tapuach Arrests
Agency officers raided a home in Kfar Tapuach shortly before midnight last night and dragged two young women out into the night.
The detainees were identified as Moriah Goldberg, 20, of Kfar Tapuach, and Orian from Migron, also 20. Orian's last name was not immediately available. Moriah's parents, Lenny and Yael, said police gave no explanation for the young women's arrest at the time.
However, the Samaria and Judea District police announced, Friday, that they had arrested "three youths" from Jerusalem and Samaria (Shomron) on suspicion they caused damage to property in the building-supplies store belonging to a resident of village of Luban Ash-Sharqiyain in Samaria. They are also suspected of spraying grafitti at the site.
A close friend of the Goldberg family who wished to remain anonymous told Arutz Sheva he did not believe the charges had any basis in reality.
"She's currently doing national service at the Gush Katif Museum in Jerusalem," the friend said, adding he had known the Goldberg family for 25 years.
"Its not like this is murder or genocide. Fifteen officers in four cars, it seems like overkill," they continued, adding that it appears police simply pulled Moriah's name off a list, based on regional proximity and her history of activism.
The friend related that during the 2005 Disengagement, Moriah - then 13 - and two other girls, were incarcerated for 40 days for participating in a peaceful protest against the destruction of Gush Katif.
"To hold a group of 13-year-old girls for 40 days was excessive," they said. "It was just a protest."
Prosecutors openly admitted their request for remand was based on ideological rather than security concerns, "...if the girls are released back to their homes, they will talk to other people there, tell them their stories and cause other people to participate in similar demonstrations."
At the time, civil rights attorneys described the lengthy detention, which should have lasted no more than a few hours, as "cruel, inhumane, and unwarranted."
Asher Grunis to Head Supreme Court
"I'm sure President Grunis will maintain the defense of civil rights and the prevention of injury against civilians, especially minorities, while leading a Supreme Court policy of self restraint out of a conception that not everything should be brought before the court and that there are things the public decides once every four years when it elects a government," Erdan said.
Asher Grunis was born in Tel Aviv in 1945. He graduated from the Hebrew University's School of Law in 1969, and has a Masters from the University of Virginia, and a PhD from Toronto's York University.
Grunis served as Dean of Law for the Tel Aviv University for over a decade. He served as a Beersheba District Court judge from 1988-1996, and as a Tel Aviv District Court judge from 1996-2002.