By Steven Plaut
The decision this week by the Israeli Supreme Court in the matter of Mustafa Dirani (sometimes spelled Durani) has shown the world that Israel's judicial system is a clear and present danger to the country.
Allow me to introduce you to the latest client of the Israeli Supreme Court.
Mustafa Dirani is believed to be the terrorist who captured Israeli navigator Ron Arad when he was forced to parachute into Lebanon. Dirani's terrorists ignored Red Cross requests and international Geneva Convention rules and held Arad incommunicado for years. No one quite knows what they did with Arad, but it is generally believed that Dirani "sold" Arad to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and that Arad was probably eventually murdered by them. Dirani was paid $300,000 for "selling" Arad to the Iranians. The terrorists did not even have the decency to reveal Arad's fate, leaving his wife an "aguna."
Dirani was the "head of security" in the Amal militia of Shi'ites operating in Lebanon, and then split off to form his own Shi'ite terrorist militia, named "Believing Resistance," this before Hezb'Allah became the head of the Shi'ite terrorist syndicate.
In a counter-terrorism ground operation in Lebanon in 1994, Dirani was abducted by Israel and tossed into prison, to be held as a bargaining chip to obtain the release of Ron Arad or of other Israeli POW's.
While Dirani should have been executed by Israel for his crimes, he was kept in cushy comfort in Israeli prison. I do not know if he was permitted to takes courses in distance learning for a BA, like other Lebanese terrorist murderers held in Israel. His being kept alive of course was an open invitation for other terrorists to kidnap and murder Israelis, to gain Dirani's release. And the Israeli far left insisted all along that he should just be released with no quid pro quo because releasing terrorist murderers is the best way to achieve peace.
In 2004, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon decided to release more than 400 terrorists in order to "purchase" back from the Hezb'Allah the corpses of three Israeli POWs who had been murdered in cold blood by the terrorists. In addition, Hezb'Allah released the Israeli drug smuggler Elhanan Tannenbaum, who had entered Lebanon illegally to buy drugs when he was kidnapped by the terrorists. Tannenbaum had been a senior army officer in Israel and it is widely believed that his army buddies pulled strings to get the deal to release him approved. One of the terrorists released by Sharon to "buy back" the corpses and the live drug criminal was Dirani. At the time I published an article about the "deal" entitled "I am Ashamed to be an Israeli," which you can read here. I also suggested that I would be willing to release to Hezb'Allah a few terrorists as payment for them keeping Elhanan Tannebaum there in Lebanon.
Since being released, Dirani has become something of a terrorist celebrity in the Kasbah. Sharon did not even demand information about Arad's fate or murder before releasing Dirani in the "deal." Dirani is now serving as a senior Hezb'Allah terrorist.
Because Dirani no doubt sang like a canary while being interrogated by Israel, he later invented a tall tale about being "raped" and "tortured" while in Israeli prison by a guard or intelligence officer he claims is named "George." I have always assumed that he chose the name George while reading those books about the little monkey who lives with the man with the big yellow hat.
Well, Mustafa Dirani continues to try to profit from his "victimhood" at the hands of "George." From his terrorist abode in Lebanon, Dirani attempted to file a damages suit against Israel for the fictional tryst he claims Curious George engaged with him while in prison. The "evidence" that Dirani was sexually abused by "George" is that Dirani says so. The Israeli Tel Aviv district court, where this was filed, tossed the suit out, into the garbage.
Ah, but then in steps the Israeli Supreme Cult. By a vote of two against one, a Supreme Court panel has just overridden the Tel Aviv Court and has ordered that Dirani be allowed to sue the state of Israel in Israeli court for "damages" and "compensation"! This decision was written by retiring Supreme Court justice Ayala Procaccia, the same judge who tossed 14-year-old religious girls into prison without a trial because they had participated in a right-wing protest demonstration. Procaccia, who makes no attempt to hide her radical leftist agenda, also wrote the recent Supreme Court decision that ruled that telling the truth is no defense at all against being charged under Israel's Soviet-style law for "insulting a public servant." She was joined in this Dirani ruling by the Arab Supreme Court judge Salim Jubran, who was one of the judges who refused to defend freedom of speech in the recent ruling in the matter of the Gordon SLAPP suit. (See this and this.)
So the terrorist and international criminal Dirani is now to be rewarded for his kidnapping and probable murder of Ron Arad by being invited by the Israeli Supreme Court to sue the government of Israel in an Israeli court from his Hezb'Allah terrorist hideaway for his fictional "victimhood" by the Israeli prison authority. If he wins, he will get lots of shekels in "damages."
The duo of Procaccia and Jubran also issued another ruling a few days ago ordering the Beer Sheba municipality to take an old long-abandoned building that had once served as a mosque before 1948 and to renovate it at municipality expense and convert it into a museum of Islamic culture. Just which law gave the Supreme Court judges the right to order this? No law at all, grasshopper, just "judicial activism."