Kfar Duma Arson Case

Demonstration of torture method, video snapshot; Video credit: Otzma Yehudit

Kfar Duma Arson Case
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. To familiarize our readers with the case, Honenu has gathered – see here – various articles and short videos on the subject. For a selection of cases in which Honenu Attorneys represented defendants and GSS interrogees, see the links below.
May 24, 2023, Honenu to Chief Rabbis: Help Amiram celebrate Shavuot
April 4, 2023: Amiram Ben Uliel will not be alone for the Passover Seder
April 3, 2023: Honenu to Chief Rabbis: Help Amiram participate in the Seder
April 2, 2023: Passover Seder outside Eshel Prison for Amiram Ben Uliel
April 2, 2023: Ben Uliel’s exoneration should follow Zadorov’s
February 7, 2023: Supreme Court denies Ben Uliel appeal
January 6, 2023: Prof. Aumann to Supreme Court President: Reconsider the Ben Uliel case
December 20, 2022: Ben Uliel sues GSS for 5 million NIS
October 27, 2022: En banc Supreme Court hearing requested for Ben Uliel
September 24, 2022: Ben Uliel will pray alone in his cell on Rosh HaShana
September 22, 2022: Honenu to Chief Rabbis: Help Ben Uliel pray with a minyan
September 11, 2022: Honenu: Allow Ben Uliel his religious rights on the High Holidays
September 1, 2022: Attorney Feldman: Supreme Court ruling authorizes confession by torture
September 1, 2022: Supreme Court rejects Ben Uliel appeal
August 31, 2022: Tomorrow: Supreme Court decision on Ben Uliel appeal
August 18, 2022: Against regulations, Ben Uliel not allowed to hug his daughter at visit
July 4, 2022: “Welcome to your GSS interrogation” – A detainee breaks his silence
March 31, 2022: Ben Uliel still held under severe conditions
March 8, 2022: Rabbinical establishment demands fair trial for Ben Uliel
March 7, 2022: First Supreme Court hearing held on Ben Uliel’s appeal
March 7, 2022: Protest for Ben Uliel: “Torture Leads To Lies!”
March 6, 2022: Six house-torchings in one year: What actually happened in Kfar Duma?
March 6, 2022: The car that was or wasn’t
March 6, 2022: The reenactment – Where is the missing recording?
March 6, 2022: The cement pillars that Ben Uliel did not remember
March 6, 2022: The matter of “concealed information”
March 6, 2022: The black car, selective validation of testimony
March 6, 2022: The GSS admitted that the Kfar Duma murder has not been completely solved
March 6, 2022: Ben Uliel’s daughter: “It’s very hard for me. Please come to the protest.”
March 1, 2022: Duma case: New video demonstrates GSS torture method
September 1, 2021: “Wedding of Hate” defendants exonerated

Help prove Amiram Ben Uliel’s innocence
After a confession extracted under torture, Amiram Ben Uliel was convicted of three counts of murder in the Kfar Duma arson case. In an emotional video – see below – Orian, Amiram’s wife, decries the injustice of the case and announces a campaign to prove the innocence of her husband. To that end, a dedicated team of first-rate attorneys has been formed for the specific purpose of appealing to the Supreme Court. Although the campaign is over, the need for support continues. Please help fund the costs of the appeal to the Supreme Court by giving a donation to Honenu earmarked “for Amiram Ben Uliel”.

Orian and her daughter, Video credit: Asir Zion (See here for the Hebrew version.)

Tuesday, August 17, 2021: Supreme Court ordered DA’s office to present confidential material
Tuesday, July 27, 2021: Episode 4 of Honenu’s podcast: Duma case, Part 4
Thursday, July 15, 2021: Court rejects Duma case minor’s appeal
Wednesday, July 7, 2021: Episode 3 of Honenu’s podcast: Duma case, Part 3

Podcast: In Pursuit of Justice; Photo credit: Honenu

Wednesday, June 30, 2021: Episode 2 of Honenu’s podcast: Duma case, Part 2
Tuesday, June 22, 2021: Honenu launches podcast
Wednesday, April 28, 2021: Defense might request retrial for Duma case minor
Monday, March 15, 2021: Ben Uliel’s attorneys request gag order cancellation
Thursday, March 11, 2021: Gag order on appeal by Ben Uliel
Monday, March 8, 2021: Ben Uliel’s attorneys request investigative material

Duma minor outside of the Ayalon Prison; Photo credit: Free use

Monday, December 21, 2020: Minor in Duma case: “I want to return to normal life”
Thursday, October 29, 2020: Defense team being formed for Ben Uliel’s appeal
Sunday, September 27, 2020: Will Ben Uliel pray in a minyan on Yom Kippur?
Thursday, September 17, 2020: Rabbi Levanon: Ben Uliel not guilty
Thursday, September 17, 2020: Family meeting for Ben Uliel suddenly canceled
Wednesday, September 16, 2020: 42 month’s imprisonment for minor in Duma case
Monday, September 14, 2020: Rabbis support campaign to fund Ben Uliel’s Supreme Court appeal
Monday, September, 7, 2020: Ben Uliel’s conviction left standing

Rabbis’ letter of support

Monday, September, 7, 2020: Orian Ben Uliel sent letter to Central District Court
Thursday, August 6, 2020: New evidence in Kfar Duma case
Monday, May 18, 2020: “You have imprisoned an innocent man!”
Sunday, May 17, 2020: Verdict to be handed down for Ben Uliel
Tuesday, May 12, 2020: “Exposing the Duma Blood Libel” – Part 4
Sunday, May 3, 2020: “Exposing the Duma Blood Libel” – Part 3
Thursday, April 23, 2020: Verdict postponed in Kfar Duma case
Thursday, April 23, 2020: “Exposing the Duma Blood Libel” – Part 2
Thursday, April 16, 2020: “Exposing the Duma Blood Libel” – Part 1

Orian Ben Uliel; Photo credit: Honenu

Thursday, March 19, 2020: Ben Uliel not allowed contact with family
Tuesday, March 3, 2020: Many irregularities in Kfar Duma case
Saturday, February 29, 2020: Bill of indictment contradicts eye witnesses
Thursday, February 27, 2020: Court canceled Ben Uliel’s petition
Tuesday, February 25, 2020: Ben Uliel to be transferred to Eshel Prison
Thursday, October 24, 2019: Kfar Duma trial: Verdict handed down to minor
Wednesday, October 23, 2019: Kfar Duma trial: Verdict for GSS tortured minor
Tuesday, October 8, 2019: Request: Allow prisoners minyan on Yom Kippur
Sunday, August 11, 2019: Kfar Duma case: DA’s office rejects District Court’s opinion

Screenshot: Graffiti at the scene; Video credit: Inouim B’Mishpat Duma

Screenshot: Graffiti at the scene; Video credit: Inouim B’Mishpat Duma

Wednesday, July 24, 2019: Expert opinion: Kfar Duma graffiti not by Ben Uliel
Wednesday, June 26, 2019: Kfar Duma trial, defense phase
Thursday, May 16, 2019: Kfar Duma resident speaks to PI
Sunday, May 12, 2019: Plea bargain disconnects minor from Duma case
Tuesday, April 30, 2019: More evidence lost in ‘Wedding of Hate’ case
Saturday, April 6, 2019: Duma case survey: GSS version not reliable
Friday, December 21, 2018: Former GSS Deputy Director on false confessions
Wednesday, December 12, 2018: Kfar Duma trial: Evidence from scene incompatible with confessions
Sunday, December 9, 2018: GSS agent to testify in Kfar Duma trial
Monday, December 3, 2018: “Duma Blood Libel” Facebook page administrators to distribute booklet

Demonstration of torture methods; Photo credit: Otzma Yehudit

Friday, November 16, 2018: Kfar Duma trial: Ben Uliel’s alibi not investigated
Sunday, October 28, 2018: Call to reexamine Kfar Duma case
Monday, October 22, 2018: Evidence lost in ‘Wedding of Hate’ trial
Sunday, October 14, 2018: Kfar Duma trial to be held in open courtroom
Thursday, September 6, 2018: GSS testimonies in Kfar Duma trial to remain under immunity
Thursday, September 6, 2018: Will GSS agents’ testimonies of torture be revealed?
Wednesday, September 5, 2018: The Kfar Duma trial continues
Sunday, July 15, 2018: Honenu director Meidad: “Release Ben Uliel!”
Sunday, July 15, 2018: Supreme Court releases minor in Kfar Duma case
Friday, July 13, 2018: AG’s office appeals decision in Kfar Duma case
Thursday, July 12, 2018: Deliberation on minor in Kfar Duma case
Thursday, July 12, 2018: Kfar Duma case: Deliberation expected to be held shortly
Wednesday, July 11, 2018: Deliberation to be held in Kfar Duma case
Sunday, July 8, 2018: Kfar Duma trial: Court demands expert opinion from Probation Service
Monday, June 25, 2018: Deliberation on release of minor in Kfar Duma case
Saturday, June 23, 2018: Kfar Duma trial: confessions invalidated, deliberation on Sunday – POSTPONED
Friday, June 22, 2018: Kfar Duma trial: confessions invalidated, deliberation on Sunday
Tuesday, June 19, 2018: Father of detainee in Kfar Duma case responds to verdict
Tuesday, June 19, 2018: Verdict in Kfar Duma case read at Lod District Court
Thursday, June 14, 2018: Kfar Duma case: Protest opposite Justice Minister’s residence
Monday, June 11, 2018: Severe criticism by Rabbi Druckman of Kfar Duma trial
Thursday, June 7, 2018: Demonstration of Kfar Duma interrogation torture methods
Wednesday, June 6, 2018: Kfar Duma case torture methods revealed by GSS interrogators
Tuesday, June 5, 2018: Rabbis demand investigation of Kfar Duma case torture
Friday, June 1, 2018: Parents of minor in Kfar Duma case level harsh criticism
Sunday, May 13, 2018: Supreme Court orders consideration of remand alternative
Monday, April 16, 2018: Developments in Kfar Duma trial
Thursday, March 29, 2018: Kfar Duma trial: “Allow our son to celebrate the Seder at home”
Thursday, March 15, 2018: Kfar Duma arson incident trial
Wednesday, November 2, 2016: “Cover up”: Documents in the Kfar Duma case disappeared
Sunday, June 19, 2016: Kfar Duma incident: Youth coordinator exonerated of all guilt
Sunday, March 20, 2016: New developments in Kfar Duma case
Wednesday, January 6, 2016: Attorney General’s office cancels hearing
Monday, January 4, 2016: Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem: “Check claims of torture”
Sunday, January 3, 2016: Honenu demands: Lift the gag order!
Wednesday, December 30, 2015: Minors released from remand
Wednesday, December 30, 2015: Photographic evidence: Detained minor attempted suicide
Tuesday, December 29, 2015: Court orders release, State Prosecutor and police refuse
Monday, December 28, 2015: Judge orders Kfar Duma case detainee released
Monday, December 28, 2015: Detainee held under extreme conditions charged with minor incident
Wednesday, December 23, 2015: Demonstrators violently detained
Wednesday, December 23, 2015: Demonstrators detained protesting GSS torture released
Wednesday, December 23, 2015: Honenu Attorney to Knesset Minister: “No justification for sadistic torture in this case”
Sunday, December 20, 2015: Revealed during deliberation: One of the detainees attempted suicide
Sunday, December 20, 2015: Two Kfar Duma case detainees to be released
Thursday, December 17, 2015: Honenu press conference: Interrogators applied severe methods of torture
Wednesday, December 16, 2015: Detainee’s mother faints in court
Wednesday, December 9, 2015: Open letter from Kochav HaShachar: “Red lines have been crossed.”
Tuesday, December 8, 2015: Detainees not allowed to lay tefilin, light Hanukkah candles
Sunday, December 6, 2015: GSS interrogated detainee’s relatives
Tuesday, September 1, 2015: Minor released from remand, issued administrative order
Sunday, August 23, 2015: Nine administrative orders served in one day
Wednesday, August 19, 2015: Minors suspected of arson to be released
Tuesday, August 18, 2015: District court accepted appeal by police, Honenu appealed to Supreme Court
Monday, August 17, 2015: Detainees released to house arrest, police appealed
Shortly after the arson attack in Kfar Duma, Meir Ettinger, Eviatar Slonim and Mordechai Meyer were detained on suspicion of involvement with the attack. They were held in remand, part of the time in solitary confinement after being illegally transferred to a high security wing, and in the end released without being charged. For an overview of their cases, please click on the links below.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016: Hunger striking detainee loses consciousness
Tuesday, January 26, 2016: Two administrative detainees on hunger strike
Sunday, January 3, 2016: Administrative detainee to be released, not involved with incident attributed to him
Tuesday, November 17, 2015: Ettinger and Slonim to remain under administrative detention, court cited “extreme ideology”
Wednesday, November 4, 2015: Decision to be given in 6 weeks on administrative detainees
Tuesday, October 27, 2015: Imprisoned terrorists repeatedly threaten administrative detainee
Tuesday, October 13, 2015: Ettinger allowed to speak to family, ends hunger strike
Tuesday, October 13, 2015: Court authorizes transfer of administrative detainees to solitary confinement
Sunday, October 11, 2015: Prison Service admits to violation of law
Thursday, October 8, 2015: Meir Ettinger starts hunger strike
Wednesday, October 7, 2015: Administrative detainees illegally transferred to high security wing
Sunday, September 20, 2015: Court authorized administrative order for Ettinger
Thursday, September 10, 2015: “Confidential material” included articles posted openly on Internet
Friday, August 14, 2015: Mordechai Meyer’s parents sent letter to Defense Minister
Thursday, August 6, 2015: Representatives of the State did not give suitable answers
Tuesday, August 4, 2015: Complaint sent to AG on GSS interrogation methods

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