The Israeli Law Against "Insulting a Public Official": An Insult to Democracy and And Insult to Human Decency
The existence of this law on the Israeli books is beyond
unacceptable for reasons that go even beyond what one who values
Democracy might think.
The law heralds from the time of the
Ottoman Empire. Not only did the State of Israel retain a law from an
inimical, invading culture; the Ottoman Empire was guilty of the
genocide of the Armenian people because they were Christian.
genocide, early in the 20th C., served as a model for the genocide of
the Jews at the hands of the Nazis a few years later.
That law in
Israel is being used to silence many, many Jewish social activists in Israel who
have complained against various corrupt government officials. The court
system is flooded with Accusations of "insulting a public official". The
law applies to any and all public officials who feel themselves
insulted when their corruption is made known - including "Social
Services", which market in children.
According to the Honorable
(retired) Head of the Family Court in Jerusalem, Judge Chana ben Ami,
Social Services in Israel regularly lies to the Courts. Since her
retirement, Judge Ben Ami has stated that the Social Workers routinely
produce mendacious documents to the Juvenile and Family courts. The
judges, pressed for time, are apt to accept their documentation without
scrutiny. Judge Ben Ami did scrutinize the documents and found them to
be no less than routine perjury. She cites on instance in which she did
not want to OK and adoption that Social Services requested as she
noticed that the testimony was contradictory. She said that the Social
Worker told her that she *had to* OK the adoption because they were
under their quota of children they had to produce for adoption.
Judge Ben Ami stated this, and other equally unconscionable behaviors by
the Social Workers in Court, publicly in a number of fora since her
retirement. In response, the Social Workers Association in Israel
contacted the then Minister of Justice, Tzipi Livni, and requested that
she "act against" Judge Ben Ami.
The link to their letter is here.
Inter alia, Parents whose children have been wrongfully removed from them are among
the social activists being silenced by this law in Israel.
and Parents are committing suicide in Israel in off the graph numbers
as a result of how they are treated by Social Services - and that law is
being used to keep it quiet. Some accounts get into the news. Many, who
knows how many?, do not.
So long as the State of Israel refuses
to adhere to universally accepted norms of Democracy, it has no right to
be called a Democracy and should be anathematized by modern, civilized nations.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, though
very real, is also a very effective device for smoke screening the
mistreatment of Jewish citizens at the hands of the government of the
State of Israel.
Thank you for your consideration,
Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel