Justice and Freedom for Amiran ben Uliel


Tomorrow, March 7th, Israel’s Supreme Court will hear an appeal to overturn the egregiously wrong conviction of Amiran ben Uliel who was falsely accused of firebombing a home in Duma, an Arab village in Samaria in which the young Dawabsheh family tragically perished.

Since the summer of 2015 when the incident occurred, a trail of wrongful arrests and suppression of evidence as well as the deliberate omission of witnesses’ testimonies and the total violation of Amiran’s human and civil rights has besmirched the State of Israel’s law enforcement and justice system.

As much as this must be rectified tomorrow by the reversal of Amiran’s conviction and his immediate release, Please G-d, in the larger scheme of things, a reversal of Israel’s “peace” policies is the only thing that will ensure such travesties never happen again.

In his farbrengen, public talk, on Shavuous just days after the Six Day War, the Lubavitcher Rebbe shocked Chassidim when he began to say Israeli diplomats were already on their way to Washington to give back the territories that had been miraculously liberated in exchange for “peace” with security guarantees.

Unfortunately, the Rebbe knew exactly what he was talking about and rather than heed his advice to immediately populate the Sinai, YESHA, the Golan and Jerusalem with Jewish communities, Israeli leaders then and ever since continue to fantasize that ceding borders, land and security will bring peace with the country’s Arabs and respect from regional and world powers.

Not only have thousands of Jewish lives been sacrificed to this foolishness and countless others traumatized in one way or another, but the Arabs themselves have hardly benefited!  Subject to the corrupt PLO/PA/Hamas conglomerate, a culture of violence and hardship plagues their lives.

And, while no one can argue against the Abraham Accords “normalizing” neighborly relations to serve everyone’s best interests, why the need for a clause predicating friendship on the creation of a Palestinian state, the price of which entails giving away land and security?

This madness is so entrenched that no matter how absurd, flimsy or indefensible their explanation, Prime Ministers and Members of Knesset go out of their way to limit or thwart our Jewish presence in these areas.

And, all too quickly, Jews are accused of belligerency or worse against Arabs; a point the Rebbe made in anguish to Ariel Sharon long ago in their correspondence about the renewal of settlement in Hevron.

For these reasons Amiran’s fate may unfortunately be sealed to life behind bars for a crime he did not commit. We pray that tomorrow’s appeal for Amiran will return a verdict of true justice and freedom for him.

Justice Minister Sa’ar, we ask that you ensure Amiran’s rights to a fair and just appeal are protected beyond a shadow of doubt.

And, we pray that with the great homecoming of our Jewish brethren from Ukraine and Eastern Europe, Israeli leaders will heed the Rebbe’s message to settle Jews everywhere in the Land of Israel without hesitation.

About the Author
I am originally from Buffalo, NY and although I did not have a religious upbringing I always felt a strong connection with Yiddishkeit and Eretz Yisroel. I still get chills recalling the moment the Rabbi announced that Israel had been attacked on Yom Kippur. In the weeks that followed, even though I really didn't understand all the details, I was the one student in my 10th grade Social Studies class who challenged our German-American teacher when he said Israel would be wiped out. Interestingly, the rest of Jewish kids in the class who came from much more Jewishly -oriented homes than I were silent. Years later I met one of them and was astounded to find out how they were all silently cheering me on. On the day the Jews were "disengaged" from Gush Katif, I was stopped in the grocery store (in Buffalo) by a little Jewish lady who whispered to me that she didn't think it was right what Israel was doing. Which just goes to show that there is a vast silent majority of Jews who agree with the Rebbe's approach to peace.