Zionism Kills

Israel Locks up Russian Granny

Posted in Israel by zionismkills on January 31, 2008

Source: HERE

By: Iran Daily on: 29.01.2008 [23:08 ]

MOSCOW, Jan. 29–A 69-year-old Russian Israeli woman is beginning a six-year jail term in Israel because of helping her granddaughter leave the occupied territories.

Isabella Belfer is the oldest person to be sent to prison in Israel and could spend the rest of her life behind bars, Alalalm.ir reported.

Isabella has been convicted of helping her daughter kidnap her granddaughter and take her out of Israel.

“The punishment is harsher than I think it should be. A woman of her age, of her health condition, who is a grandmother, should never have been punished this harshly,“ Tzion Amir, a leading Israeli lawyer, said.

The case was brought to the courts by Isabella’s son-in-law Yaron Rotem who was married to her daughter, Marina, for two years. The couple had a daughter, Lilach, whom Isabella took to Russia to her mother.

Yaron claims that he doesn’t want to “take Lilach out of Marina’s hands“, but says that if Marina doesn’t come back to Israel, her mother should go to jail.

Belfer had hoped until the last moment it wouldn’t happen but despite her age, health, and doing what she still believes was the right thing to do, she is going to jail.

“I feel very weak, both morally and physically. I understand that in the end I am going to jail. The question is how long I will survive there or if I will die straight away,“ said the convicted grandmother.

“I would never in my life have imagined that I could go to prison. There is a Russian saying that you can never run away from prison or poverty. I never thought it could be said about me,“ Belfer said.

Israel has witnessed a significant drop in immigrations after 1999 and has set laws to stop migration out of the occupation lands.

In 1999 nearly 77,000 from all over the world immigrated to Israel, but the rate continued to decline and in 2006 only less than 20,000 entered there.

Israeli officials are also worried about the decline in the patriotism of Jewish youth. A poll conducted by the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center showed 44 percent of them would seriously think of leaving Israel if it would result in an improved standard of living abroad.

The Israeli regime has an estimated population of 7.1 million, with over 3 million immigrants that entered the occupied territories since 1948.

http://www.iran-daily.com/1386/3051/html

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