by Hanan Schlesinger
Today I was part of a 10 person delegation that journeyed to Ofer Prison to testify and show support for Muhamed, the young son of our friend and colleague in the work of co-existence, Ziad. Muhamed had been in jail for about two months now, and stands accused of rock throwing. Because Muhamed is a minor, all the court proceedings were confidential.
When we entered court, Mohammed was there and there was no way for him to hide his smile upon seeing us all. He looked good and in good spirits.
The judge was very impressed by our but we can reveal that Hadasah Froman spoke for our delegation and her powerful and eloquent words seem to have made a very deep impression on the judge. It looks like we did some good ... presence, especially that of Hadassah Froman (wife of the late Rav Menahem Froman ז"ל) who was our representative speaker to the court. Hadassah's powerful and eloquent words seemed to have made a very deep impression on the judge.
We expected that today would be the end of the court proceedings with a settlement worked out on the amount of jail time. Instead, the judge took a position that he wanted an independent report to basically verify Hadassah Froman's claims as she is a witness for the defense. We all see this as a very positive sign. Th judgee set the next court date for 2 weeks from now, at which time he will have the report and make his final determination.
As much as we all want to see Mohammed home, this appears to be a good thing.
We all left feeling very optimistic. Let's see what happens in 2 weeks.
Regarding the picture, no Ziad is not in jail, he is on the Palestinian side of the waiting area. We are on the Israeli side.
Andye Friedman, who was a part of the delegation, published an article in the Jewish Journal about the visit. The article can be accessed here.