´Moral Victory´ in Trial of Palmers´ Killers (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 05/20/12)
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Lt. Col. Ronen Atzmon, the judge in the trial of the murderers of
Asher and Yonatan Palmer Hy"d, allowed supporters of the family to
silently hold photographs of the two victims during the court session
Sunday. Michael Craig Palmer, father of Asher and grandfather of
Yonatan, who took the photo on Purim of 2011, said the decision
was "an important moral victory for Asher and Yonatan." In its
decision, the court "allowed their presence to be the in courtroom in
the form of a photograph," he said.
Activist and writer Yehudit Tayar was one of three people who held
the A4 sized photographs in their laps. She described the event
shortly after the session ended:
"In the last few sessions we have held a photograph of Asher and
Yonatan before we went in, and during the court sessions in order to
show the faces behind the names. To humanize the situation for the
court and prison officials to see what was lost by this murderous
attack, and of course to show the murderers who they brutally took
away from their loved ones simply because they were Jews.
"Seated quietly I held the photograph that Michael had printed out of
Asher and Yonatan – a simple A4 black and white print of these two
precious innocent souls who were murdered.
"The entire session today was regarding the photograph and the lawyer
for the group of accused terrorists kept repeating his demand to
force me to remove the photograph.
"The judge ruled that it was not a demonstration, and that I could be
allowed to continue to hold the photo because these were the victims.
The judge continued by stating that I was causing no disturbance to
the court nor would the photo influence any more than if the photo
was not there, since the entire proceedings were because of the
murders of the two depicted in the photo.
"I am not ashamed to say that during the entire process we, who came
for the Palmers, were very emotional. It was surrealistic that this
photograph of the victims was the entire topic of the court session.
This photo did what we wished it would do. This photo humanized the
situation and brought the faces of the innocent victims in front of
the court staff, and the accused murderers, and that is what the
lawyer did not want. He did not want faces. The lawyer of the
accused preferred to concentrate on time-wasting delays but now there
was this photograph bringing reality into the court."
The next session in the trial will take place at the Ofer Court just
north of Jersualem on June 3 at 10:00 a.m.. It is important for the
Palmer family that 10 supporters -- the maximum number allowed by the
court -- be present at the session, which will revolve around the
role of one of the suspected murderers in the terror attack.
Those interested in supporting the Palmer family in court should
email Michael Palmer by March 6 at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that he
can submit the names to the army for security clearance.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/20/12)
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