Israeli court says ‘physical pressure’ of minor invalidates confessions

Family members of Ali Saad Dawabsheh outside their home in a West Bank Palestinian village after an arson attack that killed the 18-month-old boy, July 31, 2015. Jewish extremists are suspected of setting the fire. (Oren Ziv/Getty Images)

Family members of Ali Saad Dawabsheh outside their home in a West Bank Palestinian village after an arson attack that killed the 18-month-old boy, July 31, 2015. Jewish extremists are suspected of setting the fire. (Oren Ziv/Getty Images)

(JTA) – An Israeli court ruled invalid confessions from a minor in the deadly firebombing of a Palestinian family’s home in the West Bank, saying they were acquired due to physical pressure exerted by authorities.

The Central District Court in Lod let stand the major confessions of the main defendant in the 2015 Duma village bombing that killed three members of the Dawabsha family, but ruled that some other confessions extracted from Amiram Ben-Uliel were made due to painful physical pressure. [Read more…]

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Yitzhak Rabin assassin Yigal Amir files request for retrial

Yigal Amir, the Israeli assassin of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. (Flash90)

Yigal Amir, the Israeli assassin of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. (Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Yigal Amir, who assassinated Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, filed a request for a retrial.

The request was submitted to Israel’s Supreme Court Sunday after Amir met with his attorney, Gabi Shachar, in prison. During the meeting, Amir signed the documents necessary to request the retrial, the Hebrew-language Hadashot news reported. [Read more…]

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Rabin assassin Yigal Amir to ask for retrial

Yigal Amir, the Israeli assassin of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. (Flash90)
Yigal Amir, the Israeli assassin of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. (Flash90)

Yigal Amir, the Israeli assassin of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. (Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Yigal Amir, who assassinated Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, is asking for a retrial.

Amir, 47, was sentenced to life in solitary confinement in prison for the murder, which occurred after a peace rally in Tel Aviv. Amir confessed to shooting Rabin and reenacted it for police. [Read more…]

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Tens of thousands of Israelis attend rally marking Yitzhak Rabin’s murder

Israelis attending a rally marking 22 years since the assassination of late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, Nov. 4, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Israelis attending a rally marking 22 years since the assassination of late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, Nov. 4, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Israelis attending a rally marking 22 years since the assassination of late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, Nov. 4, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

(JTA) – An estimated 85,000 rallied in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv to mark the 22nd anniversary of the assassination of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

The rally Saturday night was controversial for stressing national unity over peace. The rally, organized by two centrist organizations: the Darkenu movement and Commanders for Israel’s Security, was held under the slogan “We are one people,” and did not include national politicians on its list of speakers. [Read more…]

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