Christian leader being neglected by Israeli prosecutor comment (0)
June 14, 2012
JERUSALEM — A Messianic Jewish congregation leader whose son was almost killed by a bomb planted by an ultra-right-wing Jew said he feels like the Israeli justice system has abandoned him.
On May 28 the Jerusalem District Court approved a plea agreement for Jack Teitel, accused of bombing pastor David Ortiz’s home, without consulting Ortiz or his attorneys, Ortiz said. The plea agreement is unique in that the court said Teitel committed the acts but did not hold him responsible for committing them.
Ortiz, leader of the Congregation of Ariel, said the prosecutor’s office has also consistently misled his attorneys about basic information on important court filings for the case.
Teitel has multiple charges against him for several acts of violence including two killings, but prosecutors in Ortiz’s case have sidelined or deliberately avoided him, Ortiz said.
The prosecutor that is supposed to be protecting Ortiz’s interests is neglecting his duty, he added. “He doesn’t want to be seen protecting Christians,” Ortiz said. “It doesn’t benefit him in society.”