Thursday, September 17, 2020, 14:39 On Tuesday, September 15, several hours before Amiram Ben Uliel was supposed to have his weekly meeting with his wife, Orian, and five-year-old daughter at the Eshel Prison, the Prison Service informed them that it was canceled. Amiram is not permitted to have a phone and does not have the opportunity to call his family. The weekly 30-minute visits with his wife and daughter, behind glass, are the only contact he has with the world outside of the prison. The Prison Service decided to cancel the visit because Amiram has been sentenced, and therefore, they claim, he is entitled to monthly, not weekly, visits. Amiram has been held in solitary confinement for almost five years.
Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir, who is assisting Amiram with arranging his prison conditions: “There is no limit to the callousness towards and abuse of Amiram. It is an embarrassment and a disgrace that in a country which prides itself on the citizens’ rights of terrorists, of the murderers of Jewish children, of the arch-terrorists who carry out attacks, Amiram is treated so cruelly. The time has come for the Prison Service, the police, the courts, and the government of Israel to understand that Amiram Ben Uliel is entitled to equal rights, to human rights. It is time to treat him like a human being.”
Amiram Ben Uliel’s wife, Orian, together with his family, friends, supporters and Honenu, have launched a crowd funding campaign to finance an appeal to the Supreme Court in order to prove his innocence. The campaign, which is expected to continue until this evening (Thursday) has garnered massive support and has already raised a total sum of over one million NIS from approximately 3,500 contributors.
As part of the launch, in an emotional video, Orian, with her daughter, who until now has not been seen in any photographs or videos, describes Amiram’s detention, levels criticism at the court, talks about the isolation of her husband in prison, decries the injustice of the case, and announces the campaign to prove the innocence of her husband. To that end, a dedicated team of first-rate attorneys is being formed for the specific purpose of appealing to the Supreme Court.
Orian and her daughter, Video credit: Asir Zion (See here for the Hebrew version.)
Dozens of leading rabbis from the entire range of the national-religious sector have come out in support of Amiram Ben Uliel, to whom the Central District Court in Lod handed down three life sentences. The rabbis have called on the public to assist the campaign in support of Ben Uliel and stated that his conviction on the basis of a confession extracted under extreme duress is unacceptable, and that is sufficient to release him. Among the rabbis are Rabbi Dov Lior, Rabbi Haim Drukman, Rabbi Meir Mazuz, Rabbi Tzvi Tau, Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, and Rabbi Simcha Shtatner.
Since the July 2015 arson attack on the Dawabshe family’s house in Kfar Duma, Honenu has assisted many Jews accused of involvement with the crime. For a selection of posts describing Honenu Attorneys’ representation of defendants and GSS interrogatees, see here. To familiarize our readers with the case, Honenu has gathered – see here – various articles and short videos on the subject.