Amiram Ben Uliel will not be alone for the Passover Seder
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. For a selection of posts describing Honenu Attorneys’ representation of Amiram Ben Uliel, click here, and for a selection of posts about other defendants and GSS interrogees, click here. To familiarize our readers with the case, Honenu has gathered – click here – various articles and short videos on the subject.
Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 16:54 Amiram Ben Uliel will participate in the Passover Seder with other prisoners in the wing dedicated to orthodox prisoners (the "Torani" wing) in Ayalon Prison. Honenu issued a statement welcoming the announcement: "We are pleased with the decision to ease, however slightly, the unreasonable conditions under which Amiram is incarcerated. The decision follows determined efforts by many concerned citizens who tirelessly worked on the "Justice for Amiram!" campaign. Complete justice will come only after Amiram is released to his home, G-d willing, soon."
Among the efforts by concerned citizens was a campaign petitioning the Prison Service to allow Amiram Ben Uliel out of solitary confinement in his cell to celebrate Passover with the rest of the prisoners. Dozens of rabbis signed the petition. Activists from "Justice for Amiram!" launched a campaign to hold a Passover Seder outside of Eshel Prison in Be'er Sheva where he has been incarcerated under near solitary conditions for more than seven years.
Activists distributed fliers under the banner "Justice for Amiram!" declaring, "Amiram's in prison? So am I. Extracting confessions by torture is by Mafia style, not by fair trial!” The activists cited increasing interest by individuals and families in joining the Seder outside of the prison.
In a post on his Facebook page, Elon Moreh resident Tzvika Dror described why he decided to participate in the Seder: "We all want to forget the ugly fact that here, in the State of Israel, an unfortunate Jew is being cruelly abused. I cannot stand the situation any longer, and therefore I plan to hold the upcoming Seder in the desert, outside of the walls of the prison in Be'er Sheva. As long as Amiram is imprisoned in solitary confinement without any of the basic rights that even the most contemptible terrorists receive, then I am not yet dror (free), and certainly, freedom is light-years away from me. You are all invited to join me," wrote Dror, who offered a fitting reference to the meaning of his own name dror/freedom, which was in stark contrast to the travesty of injustice.
Additionally, Honenu director Shmuel (Zangi) Meidad wrote a letter to the Chief Rabbis of Israel, Rabbi David Lau and Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, the Rishon L’Tzion, asking them to act for the release of Amiram Ben Uliel from solitary confinement to take part in the Passover Seder with other prisoners.