Israeljustice.com was established to document the Israeli policy to
prosecute and detain peaceful protesters against the government's policy of
withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Over the last 18 months, the
government deemed civil protesters of the expulsion of Jews from the
Gaza Strip and West Bank as enemies of the state.
During the summer of 2005, police and even soldiers were used to beat
and arrest hundreds of peaceful protesters. Those arrested and detained
without charge for months included children as young as 12. In some cases,
Israeli judges and prosecutors compared these minors to terrorists and
called them the greatest danger to democracy.
Some judges said the minors would remain in detention indefinitely to
teach other protesters a lesson. Others judges said they saw their jobs as
"educating" those who were arrested while singing Israel's national anthem
or simply refusing police orders to leave the streets.
Israeljustice.com has been covering hearings of these protesters.
In most cases, judges accepted police testimony, even when found to have
been fabricated. Prosecutors sought to intimidate youngsters with indefinite
detention unless they agreed to such measures as house arrest or leaving
their communities in Judea and Samaria.
This is a difficult period for Israeli democracy. It is made more
difficult by the apathy of most Israeli and international civil rights
organizations, heavily financed by European and U.S. institutions that
support Israeli withdrawal at any cost. Israeljustice.com plans to monitor
and report on legal proceedings against those who exercise their democratic
rights of protest in the effort to stop the eviction of hundreds of
thousands of Jews from their homes.
For these defendants, this has been a lonely battle that has challenged
their faith, love of Israel and their right to live in the land of their
biblical forefathers. Israeljustice.com intends to test the commitment of
Israel's democracy to guarantee the rights of these Jews.
Israeljustice.com is an independent and non-partisan website that seeks
to document the forgotten victims of Israel's justice and political system. Israeljustice.com plans to focus on the abuses of the justice system against
peaceful protesters of Israeli withdrawal. The website does not intend to
either government policy or the cause of the protesters. We hope that Israeljustice.com will serve as a magnet and bulletin board for news and
information. With G-d's help, we hope to influence change and restore
and justice to the Jewish state.