Israel Brief November 22, 2011: Palestinians charged with killing Israeli father and infant son

ISRAEL BRIEF

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Palestinians charged with killing Israeli father and infant son

Source: JTA, 11-22-11

Two Palestinians were charged with killing an Israeli father and his infant son.

The Palestinian men indicted Tuesday in a military court are accused of throwing rocks through the windshield of the car driven by Asher Palmer, 25, near Kiryat Arba in the West Bank. The car overturned in the Sept. 23 incident, which initially was considered a car accident. A large bloodstained rock was later found in the car.

The trial is scheduled to begin Sunday.

Two other Palestinian men were charged with attempted murder. One of the men drove the alleged killers to the site of the attack.

According to the indictment, the men had planned to kill Jews as revenge for a price tag attack earlier in the month on a West Bank mosque. The mosque was set on fire hours after three homes in the Migron outpost were razed by Israeli police.

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Israel Political Brief November 22, 2011: VP Joe Biden meets with Jewish leaders on Jonathan Pollard

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF

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Biden meets with Jewish leaders on Pollard

Source: JTA, 11-22-11

Vice President Joseph Biden met with several Jewish American leaders to discuss the case of convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard.

During Monday evening’s meeting, Biden reportedly listened to the seven American Jewish leaders, who made a case for the severity of the sentence and the support of U.S. political leaders for clemency, Ynet reported. The newspaper did not name the participants.

Biden promised last month that he would meet with Jewish leaders on the Pollard case after telling rabbis at a political meeting in Florida that “President Obama was considering clemency, but I told him, ‘Over my dead body are we going to let him out before his time.’ ”

Jewish organizational leaders from across the political and religious spectrum have called on successive presidents to grant clemency to Pollard, a U.S. Navy civilian analyst who was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for spying for Israel. In recent months, Obama has received a flood of clemency appeals on behalf of Pollard from members of Congress, former U.S. government officials and Israeli officials.

On Monday, Pollard entered his 27th year in prison in the United States.

Pollard’s wife, Esther, said in a statement issued Monday that her husband may not survive another year in prison.

“In the last year, as Jonathan’s [medical] condition became worse, he was too weak to even sit through a one-hour visit. I feel he’s withering away in front of my very eyes,” Esther Pollard said in the statement.

She added that after “26 years, all his systems are feeble and we both know that the next emergency hospitalization or operation are just a matter a time, and that no one is promising us he’ll make it through.”…READ MORE

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