Monday, June 22, 2009

Justice the Israeli way

For obvious reason. This report on the net caught my attention. It is by Dana Weiler-Polak from

Israeli citizen denied social benefits for visiting Palestinian husband

For obvious reason we shall call this lady Mrs X.
Mrs X was born in Lod, a city in the Plain of Sharon, 20 km/12 miles southeast of Tel Aviv, Israel; where she lived all her life and is raising her four children. Her only sin, apparently, was in marrying a resident of the territories. That was enough for the National Insurance Institute to continually investigate her, withhold her social benefits and humiliate her. Mrs X, now in her eighth month of pregnancy, has two girls in kindergarten in Lod. She has worked in the city, owns an apartment and pays her bills on time.
She is also a client at the local Health Maintenance Organization and well-baby clinics in her neighbourhood. However, despite all these facts, the NII has determined that S. does not live in Lod, but rather in the territories with her husband, who is not allowed into Israel. The NII decided this was the case following her declaration that she had made a short trip to the territories. This means that all her social benefits can be taken away, including her child allowances and payment of her hospital bill when she gives birth, and health insurance for herslf and her children. The last NII investigation, which took 14 months, determined what the two others over the past six years have, that she does not live in Lod. The NII informed her in a letter that she had 45 days to appeal the decision before her benefits were halted. However, they were stopped immediately. Mrs X said clerks at her local NII branch refused to accept her appeal, shouting that she was a liar who had children only for the insurance benefits. Her second attempt to approach the NII also ended with her being turned away by shouting clerks rejecting a residency document she had submitted. A worker from the legal aid group Community Advocacy accompanied her to the NII with the appeal and a thick file of documents, which the NII rejected the same day. Sigalit Givon-Fadida, director of the Lod Community Advocacy branch, said dozens of their clients had been humiliated by NII clerks, which regularly "prevented people from being innocent until proven guilty." The National Insurance Institute responded that their investigation showed that Mrs X was not a Lod resident and was therefore not entitled to benefits and that she. could appeal to the Labor tribunal. They also denied that the NII clerks had behaved in the manner she described.

This is justice Israeli way.

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