This is from an email:
Tzvia Sariel cleared by rabbinical court and forcibly returned to solitary confinement.
Her "crime"? She refuses to cooperate with Israeli authorities, which have kept her in jail without evidence or witnesses in an attempt to intimidate her and other Jewish activists from protesting the Olmert government's plan to destroy the Jewish community in Judea and Samaria.
On March 14, Netanya Magistrates Court Judge Smadar Kolander Abramovitch ruled that Tzvia be brought to the rabbinical court to enable the rabbis to convince her to cooperate with secular Israeli authorities. On March 14, she was taken in leg irons to the rabbinical court, which declared her innocent of charges of assaulting an Arab and ordered her immediately freed. At that point, however, prison guards spirited Tzvia to a waiting van and she was returned to prison to continue her fourth month in jail.
"This was totally unexpected," Rabbi Chaim Richmond, one of four rabbinical judges, said. "In our presence, the prison warden made a call and they were expected to take Tzvia back to a civil court to be released."
The treatment of Tzvia is not exceptional. Since 2005, when the Israeli government planned the expulsion of the nearly 10,000 Jews from the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria, authorities drafted regulations tha reserved special penalties for Jewish protesters. More than 800 indictments, many of them involving minors, were issued against those who protested the government's destruction of Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.
"Every day and every hour that Tzvia Sariel spends behind bars is injustice to this girl," Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, head of the rabbinical court, said. "Justice demands that she be released immediately. It is a serious stain on the judiciary system in Israel. According to the Torah law of Israel, we are demanding her immediate release without conditions and to erase the indictment."
The major Israeli media, particularly the state-operated radio and television, did not mention a word of this travesty of justice. So, we must turn to you, lovers of Israel, and ask that you act to help defend Jewish rights in Israel.
As a first step, we request that you telephone -- rather than e-mail -- the Israeli Embassy or the Israeli consulate nearest you and demand to know why Tzvia is still in prison. The embassy's phone number is 202-364-5500. Stress, that as an American citizen, you can ask the State Department to investigate what you feel is clearly a human rights violation.
Now, we are asking you to call your member of Congress and raise the issue of Tzvia Sariel. We also ask you to call the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and inform them of Tzvia and demand an investigation. Tell the department officer you have also raised Tziva's case with your member of Congress. The State Department's main numbers are 202-647-4000 or 1-800-877-8339.
The Olmert government, with an approval rating of near zero, has refused any accountability to the Israeli people and fears only the Bush administration. Unless we act now, there will be many more Tzvia's in jail.
If you agree with this, please act quickly. What could be more important than winning the release of a Jewish child imprisoned for loving her country and people?
To download and read the Psak of the Sanhedrin, click here (the text is in Hebrew)