Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza City 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
An Acre-based lawyer was charged on Wednesday with aiding a terrorist
Suhir Ayoub stands accused by the Jerusalem District
Attorney’s office of relaying information between a Gaza-based leader of Mahajat
El Kuds, a group with close links to Islamic Jihad, and members of the group
being held in Israeli jails.
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According to the indictment, Ayoub was hired
by Mahajat El Kuds operative A’amar A’ashur Abu Hamza to pass on the
information. It stated that on two occasions in February and April, she gained
access to the prisoners by wrongfully representing herself as their lawyer, and
during these visits she took down messages from the prisoners on matters
relating to the organization and forwarded them to Abu Hamza in Gaza.
prosecution requested that Ayoub be placed under arrest until the end of legal
proceedings, arguing that she posed a danger to public and national security.
She is being charged with violating a section of the Defense (Emergency)
Regulations that prohibit the provision of aid to an illegal
Central District police said they had arrested three other
lawyers based in the north on similar suspicions of passing information to a
terror organization in return for thousands of shekels in legal fees.
response to the arrests, the terror victims group Almagor called on the Justice
Ministry, the Prisons Service and military prosecutors to reconsider their
policy on allowing lawyers to visit terrorists in prison.
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visits by lawyers to convicted terrorists have become a national plague,” said
Meir Indor.“These visits have nearly nothing to do with the requirement of legal
representation and it has become clear that they are an effective method
designed by the terror organizations to enable the relay of messages between
organization heads and operatives, many of them having to do with operational
orders about terror attacks,”
Attorney Dror Arad-Ayalon, chairman of the Israel
Bar Association’s ethics board, said a lawyer’s commitment to a client does not
allow him or her to take part in the client’s illegal activities, and that
lawyers must be careful not to cross the line between representation and
“There are grey areas as to what constitutes participation
in a client’s activities, but the principle is very firm and well established,”
said Arad- Ayalon.
He added that in the past there had been lawyers
charged with participating in their clients’ activities, for example by
transferring drugs or cash to prisoners, but very few convictions.
bar association provides widespread protection when it comes to legitimate
representation, but strongly condemns lawyers who cross the line and engage in
illegal activity,”he said, stressing that there was no difference if the
activity was criminal or security related.
Responding to Almagor’s
statement, Arad-Ayalon warned against compromising people’s basic rights because
of individual cases where lawyers themselves run afoul of the law.
take away rights every time someone wrongfully takes advantage of them, we will
be left with a society void of rights,” Arad-Ayalon said.
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