Prosecutors charged a man from central Israel Monday with incitement to violence and racism over Facebook posts three years ago that called for an Arab Holocaust and burning Arab people alive.
Bar Rozen, 26, from the Tel Aviv suburb of Petah Tikva, was accused of publishing a number of posts on his Facebook page that were racist against Arabs and incited to violence, prosecutors said.
The posts came during the summer of 2014, after three Israeli teens were kidnapped and murdered in the West Bank, setting in motion events that would lead to the revenge slaying of an East Jerusalem teen and war with Hamas-led fighters in the Gaza Strip.
The indictment was filed with the approval of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit because the nature of the charges touch on freedom of speech issues, the Justice Ministry said in a statement.
According to the indictment, in one post Rozen wrote on June 30, 2014, “A Holocaust for Arab citizens. Men and women, it makes no difference, also Arab Israelis I would be prepared to kill each one with bare hands!!!!!”
The post came the day the bodies of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, were found following a several week search, after being murdered by Palestinian terrorists.
On July 2, 2014, Muhammed Abu Khdeir, an East Jerusalem Arab teenager, was killed by a group of Jews as revenge for the slain Israelis.
On July 11 of that year Rozen declared in a post that “If it was legally possible to burn Arabs I would happily do so!” and on July 22 he wrote “We need to start kidnapping Arabs and not put them in ‘prison’ which is a hotel. I have a great bomb shelter in my building, something along the lines of The Saw” — a reference to the franchise of movies about a sadistic murderer who kidnaps his victims and then tortures them to death.
In the indictment prosecutors noted that the posts were available for all of his 490 friends to see, as well as the public, and that he was the only one in control of the account.
The charges were announced at the same time that a cousin of Abu Khdeir was charged with terror activity over an alleged plot to carry out an attack.
Israel has stepped up enforcement in recent years against people making online comments deemed inciting.
Earlier this month a man was arrested after posting threats to participants ahead of the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade in the capital. The man was ordered to stay out of the city until the event finished.
Last month five East Jerusalem residents were charged with incitement to terror over Facebook messages they posted following a July 14 attack in Jerusalem’s Old City in which two Israeli policemen were killed.
James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio was charged with second-degree murder in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday after he smashed a car into a line of cars in an episode that left a 32-year-old woman dead and injured at least 19 other people who were protesting a rally staged by white nationalists.
What We Know
• Mr. Fields, 20, was born in Kenton, Ky., to Samantha Lea Bloom.
• He was living with his mother until “five or six months ago” when he moved to his own apartment in Maumee, Ohio, according to an interview that Ms. Bloom gave to The Toledo Blade. They moved to Ohio from Kentucky about year ago because of her job, she said.
• Mr. Fields’s father died before he was born, an aunt, Pam Fields, said on Sunday. His mother was a paraplegic and was in a wheelchair.
Ms. Fields said she had not seen her nephew, whom she remembered as a “very quiet little boy” more than five times in the past 10 years.
• Military records show that Mr. Fields entered the Army on Aug. 18, 2015, around the time his mother wrote on Facebook that he had left for boot camp. Less than four months later, on Dec. 11, his period of active duty concluded. It was not immediately clear why he left the military.
• A photographer saw Mr. Fields on Saturday with symbols of Vanguard America, a group whose manifesto declares that “a government based in the natural law must not cater to the false notion of equality.” The organization denied any ties to him.
“The driver of the vehicle that hit counterprotesters today was, in no way, a member of Vanguard America,” the group said in a statement on its Twitter account. “All our members had been safely evacuated by the time of the incident. The shields seen do not denote membership, nor does the white shirt. The shirts were freely handed out to anyone in attendance.”
• Mr. Fields was driving a Dodge Challenger “at a high rate of speed” in downtown Charlottesville at about 1:45 p.m., a spokeswoman for the city said in a statement. He drove the car into a sedan, which hit a minivan that was in front of it.
The impact of the crash pushed the sedan and the minivan into a crowd of pedestrians. Mr. Fields fled the scene in the Challenger but was stopped a short time later by the Charlottesville police.
• The city identified the dead woman as Heather D. Heyer of Charlottesville.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The city of Charlottesville was engulfed by violence on Saturday as white nationalists and counterprotesters clashed in one of the bloodiest fights to date over the removal of Confederate monuments across the South.
White nationalists had long planned a demonstration over the city’s decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee. But the rally quickly exploded into racial taunting, shoving and outright brawling, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency and the National Guard to join the police in clearing the area.
Those skirmishes mostly resulted in cuts and bruises. But after the rally at a city park was dispersed, a car bearing Ohio license plates plowed into a crowd near the city’s downtown mall, killing a 32-year-old woman. Some 34 others were injured, at least 19 in the car crash, according to a spokeswoman for the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Col. Martin Kumer, the superintendent of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, confirmed Saturday evening that an Ohio man, James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, had been arrested and charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at the scene of a crash that resulted in a death. But the authorities declined to say publicly that Mr. Fields was the driver of the car that plowed into the crowd.
Witnesses to the crash said a gray sports car accelerated into a crowd of counterdemonstrators — who were marching jubilantly near the mall after the white nationalists had left — and hurled at least two people in the air.
“It was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Robert Armengol, who was at the scene reporting for a podcast he hosts with students at the University of Virginia. “After that it was pandemonium. The car hit reverse and sped and everybody who was up the street in my direction started running.”
The planned rally was promoted as “Unite the Right” and both its organizers and critics said they expected it to be one of the largest gatherings of white nationalists in recent times, attracting groups like the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis and movement leaders like David Duke and Richard Spencer.
Many of these groups have felt emboldened since the election of Donald J. Trump as president. Mr. Duke, a former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, told reporters on Saturday that the protesters were “going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump” to “take our country back.”
Saturday afternoon, President Trump, speaking at the start of a veterans’ event at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., addressed what he described as “the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia.”
In his comments, President Trump condemned the bloody protests, but he did not specifically criticize the white nationalist rally and its neo-Nazi slogans, blaming “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”
“It’s been going on for a long time in our country, it’s not Donald Trump, it’s not Barack Obama,” said Mr. Trump, adding that he had been in contact with Virginia officials. After calling for the “swift restoration of law and order,” he offered a plea for unity among Americans of “all races, creeds and colors.”
Among those displeased with Mr. Trump was the mayor of Charlottesville, Mike Signer. “I do hope that he looks himself in the mirror and thinks very deeply about who he consorted with during his campaign,” he said.
Late on Saturday night, the Department of Justice announced that it was opening a civil rights investigation into “the circumstances of the deadly vehicular incident,” to be conducted by the F.B.I., the United States attorney for the Western District of Virginia, and the department’s Civil Rights Division.
“The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated.”
The turmoil in Charlottesville began with a march Friday night by white nationalists on the campus of the University of Virginia and escalated Saturday morning as demonstrators from both sides gathered in and around the park. Waving Confederate flags, chanting Nazi-era slogans, wearing helmets and carrying shields, the white nationalists converged on the Lee statue inside the park and began chanting phrases like “You will not replace us” and “Jews will not replace us.”
Hundreds of counterprotesters — religious leaders, Black Lives Matter activists and anti-fascist groups known as “antifa” — quickly surrounded the park, singing spirituals, chanting and carrying their own signs.
The morning started peacefully, with the white nationalists gathering in McIntire Park, outside downtown, and the counterdemonstrators — including Cornel R. West, the Harvard University professor and political activist — gathering at the First Baptist Church, a historically African-American church here. Professor West, who addressed the group at a sunrise prayer service, said he had come “bearing witness to love and justice in the face of white supremacy.”
At McIntire Park, the white nationalists waved Confederate flags and other banners. One of the participants, who gave his name only as Ted because he said he might want to run for political office some day, said he was from Missouri, and added, “I’m tired of seeing white people pushed around.”
But by 11 a.m., after both sides had made their way to Emancipation Park, the scene had exploded into taunting, shoving and outright brawling. Three people were arrested in connection with the skirmishes.
Barricades encircling the park and separating the two sides began to come down, and the police temporarily retreated. People were seen clubbing one another in the streets, and pepper spray filled the air. One of the white nationalists left the park bleeding, his head wrapped in gauze.
Declaring the gathering an unlawful assembly, the police had cleared the area before noon, and the Virginia National Guard arrived as officers began arresting some who remained. But fears lingered that the altercation would start again nearby, as demonstrators dispersed in smaller groups.
Within an hour, politicians, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, and the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, a Republican, had condemned the violence.
The first public response from the White House came from the first lady, Melania Trump, who wrote on Twitter: “Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence.”
Former President Barack Obama responded to the violence on Twitter with a quote from Nelson Mandela: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion… People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love..”
After the rally was dispersed, its organizer, Jason Kessler, who calls himself a “white advocate,” complained in an interview that his group had been “forced into a very chaotic situation.” He added, “The police were supposed to be there protecting us and they stood down.”
Both Mr. Kessler and Richard Spencer, a prominent white nationalist who was to speak on Saturday, are graduates of the University of Virginia. In an online video, titled “a message to Charlottesville,’’ Mr. Spencer vowed to return to the college town.
“You think that we’re going to back down to this kind of behavior to you and your little provincial town? No,’’ he said. “We are going to make Charlottesville the center of the universe.”
Later in the day, a Virginia State Police helicopter crashed near a golf course and burst into flames. The pilot, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, Va., and Berke M. M. Bates, 40, a trooper-pilot of Quinton, Va., died at the scene. Their Bell 407 helicopter was assisting with the situation in Charlottesville, the Virginia State Police said.
The violence in Charlottesville was the latest development in a series of tense dramas unfolding across the United States over plans to remove statues and other historical markers of the Confederacy. The battles have been intensified by the election of Mr. Trump, who enjoys fervent support from white nationalists.
In New Orleans, tempers flared this spring when four Confederate-era monuments were taken down. Hundreds of far-right and liberal protesters squared off, with occasional bouts of violence, under another statue of Robert E. Lee. There were fisticuffs and a lot of shouting, but nothing like the violence seen in Charlottesville.
In St. Louis, workers removed a confederate monument from Forest Park in June, ending a drawn-out battle over its fate. In Frederick, Md., a bust of Roger B. Taney, the chief justice of the United States who wrote the notorious 1857 Dred Scott decision denying blacks citizenship, was removed in May from its spot near City Hall.
Here in Charlottesville, Saturday’s protest was the culmination of a year and a half of debate over the Lee statue. A movement to withdraw it began when an African-American high school student here started a petition. The City Council voted 3 to 2 in April to sell it, but a judge issued an injunction temporarily stopping the move.
The city had been bracing for a sea of demonstrators, and on Friday night, hundreds of them, carrying lit torches, marched on the picturesque grounds of the University of Virginia, founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson.
“We’re going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump” to “take our country back,” said Mr. Duke, a former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Many of the white nationalist protesters carried campaign signs for Mr. Trump.
University officials said one person was arrested and charged Friday night with assault and disorderly conduct, and several others were injured. Among those hurt was a university police officer injured while making the arrest, the school said in a statement.
Teresa A. Sullivan, the president of the university, strongly condemned the Friday demonstration in a statement, calling it “disturbing and unacceptable.”
Still, officials allowed the Saturday protest to go on — until the injuries began piling up.
Charlottesville declared a state of emergency around 11 a.m., citing an “imminent threat of civil disturbance, unrest, potential injury to persons, and destruction of public and personal property.”
“It is now clear that public safety cannot be safeguarded without additional powers, and that the mostly-out-of-state protesters have come to Virginia to endanger our citizens and property,” he said in a statement. “I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state.”
The Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, Ed Gillespie, issued his own statement denouncing the protests as “vile hate” that has “no place in our Commonwealth.”
Mr. Ryan agreed. “The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant,” he said on Twitter. “Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry.”
A couple from the northern city of Haifa were charged on Tuesday with murdering their neighbor in order to steal NIS 73 ($20) from him.
According to an indictment filled with the Haifa District Court, Tamer Hujirat, 26, and Karen Samanudi, 25, were unemployed at the time of the alleged murder and would occasionally ask the neighbor, Yuri Bogozamov, to lend them money.
On July 10, a week after Bogozamov lent the couple NIS 2,000 ($560), Hujirat and Samanudi went up to his apartment armed with a knife in order to demand more money from him.
When Bogozamov refused, Hujirat struck him on the head with a kiddush cup, a ritual wine goblet, and put the knife to his throat, demanding that he give the couple his ATM card and PIN number.
After going through his wallet and taking NIS 50 ($14), Hujirat stabbed Bogozamov in the neck and chest, with the former wound resulting in Bogozamov’s death, according to the indictment.
Slovakian police – acting under government orders – have charged Marian Kotleba, leader of Kotleba – People’s Party Our Slovakia party and Governor of Banská Bystrica Region with “promoting extremism”.
All this because he handed over checks in public to poor families made out to an amount of €1,488 – a figure which the authorities claim was deliberately chosen to resemble the well-known “14 words” and “Heil Hitler” monikers.
According to Slovak news sources, the check-handing ceremony took place in March this year, that is, more than four months ago, making it obvious that the charges are politically motivated.
Nonetheless, a police spokesman said last week that they “can confirm that ion July 20, the investigator of the National Criminal Investigative Agency, the Presidium of the Police Force, laid charges relating to expressing sympathy for a movement aimed at suppressing the fundamental rights and freedoms under Section 422, 1 of the Criminal Code.”
The charges stem from a charity event Kotleba’s party organized in March. At the conclusion of the event, Kotleba handed out three larger-than-life cheques for 1,488 euros ($1,748).
“I can confirm that this Member of Parliament was accused in connection with the cheques for 1,488 euros,” interior ministry spokesman Ivan Netik told media.
Kotleba faces up to three years in prison if convicted.
The “14 words” is a slogan originally penned by famous American militant David Lane, and reads “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” The 88 is short for “Heil Hitler”—“H” being the eighth letter of the alphabet.
In addition to holding the provincial governorship, Kotleba is also a member of parliament. His party won 14 seats in the 150-seat Slovak parliament last year after winning 8 percent of the vote. Support has since risen to about 10 percent, according to opinion polls.
Fearful at the growing popularity of Kotleba’s party, in May this year, prosecutors asked the Supreme Court to ban his party. The latest arrest clearly forms part of that ongoing campaign.
In his reaction, Kotleba told journalists that the “police have adopted double standards in treating the Prime Minister and the opposition,” referring to an earlier statement by Leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico that “Hitler had a good economic program.”
Fico has been also criticized by human rights groups and socialist colleagues in the European Parliament for stirring anti-Gypsy sentiment and for refusing to accept the EU quotas on accepting the fake refugee invasion, saying in a May 2016 interview “there is no space for Islam in Slovakia”.
An elementary school teacher at a religious girls’ school in Tiberias in northern Israel was indicted Monday for sexually assaulting his young students.
According to the Nazareth District Court indictment, Meir Zehnwirth, 27, allegedly committed a series of sexual offenses against two of his young female students earlier this year.
The court said Zehnwirth would make the girls stay behind after class or come to his office, where he touched them inappropriately or forced them to touch him inappropriately.
The court did not reveal the ages of the victims, and referred to them in the indictment only as minors under the age of 16.
“The defendant took advantage of their young age, his status as a teacher, and the trust the students placed in him in order to fulfill his sexual desires,” the indictment said. “The defendant committed indecent acts against minors under the age of 16 for the purposes of sexual degradation and his own arousal and gratification without their consent.
In the last two months, two other elementary school teachers have been indicted for sexually assaulting their minor students.
The man, who in 2016 taught in a school in Elad, was accused of taking the teens to private rooms and putting his hands down their pants, rubbing himself against them, and touching them inappropriately.
The Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court indicted him on several counts of sexual assault on July 5 and sent him to house arrest.
According to the indictment filed to the Tel Aviv District Court on June 22, 48-year-old Shaul Shamai committed a series of sexual offenses against four 7- and 8-year-old girls in front of the rest of the class.
The court said Shamai would sit the girls on his lap, put his hands under their clothes and touch them inappropriately, sometimes in the face of verbal or physical resistance. He was also charged with failing to report his previous sexual assault conviction to the school where he was employed.
NEW YORK — A prominent Connecticut rabbi was charged in the alleged sexual assault of a minor two months after he was ordered to pay a civil judgment of $20 million relating to the same allegations.
Rabbi Daniel Greer, 77, the founding rabbi of the Yeshiva of New Haven, turned himself in to police Wednesday morning and was charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, police told the New Haven Register. Bond was set at $100,000.
Eliyahu Mirlis of New Jersey, now an adult, claims the rabbi raped and sexually molested him hundreds of times when he was a minor and a student at the religious boarding school in the early to mid-2000s. Mirlis has urged media outlets that normally would not identify an abuse victim to use his name.
In May, a federal jury ordered Greer and the Yeshiva of New Haven to pay Mirlis $15 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. The criminal investigation proceeded more slowly than the civil trial.
In the civil lawsuit, which was filed last year, Mirlis claimed the abuse occurred for three years when he was a student at the yeshiva, which Greer also served as principal. He said the abuse took place on school grounds and in Greer’s home. Mirlis attended the school from 2001 to 2005.
Greer has denied the allegations and his attorney said he would appeal the civil judgment. He plans to enter a plea of not guilty, his lawyer in the criminal case told the New Haven Independent.
“Rabbi Greer has a long history of positive contributions to the New Haven community,” Willie Dow said. “These charges are unfounded. He looks forward to addressing this case in court.”
In addition to founding the Yeshiva of New Haven, Greer has served on the New Haven Board of Police Commissioners and as a chairman of the city’s Redevelopment Agency, helping to revitalize New Haven’s Edgewood neighborhood.
Greer’s daughter was one of five Orthodox students who unsuccessfully sued Yale in the late 1990s claiming the Ivy League university violated their constitutional rights by requiring they live in coed dorms.
SAN ANTONIO — A truck driver faces the possibility of the death penalty or life in prison under a federal criminal complaint filed against him Monday in the deaths of 10 immigrants who were being smuggled in a tractor-trailer found in a Walmart parking lot.
The driver, James M. Bradley Jr., was charged under a federal law against knowingly transporting people who are in the country illegally — a law that provides for an unlimited prison term or capital punishment, if the crime results in a death. Mr. Bradley, 60, was scheduled to make his first court appearance at 11 a.m. Central time.
When the tractor-trailer was found early Sunday morning outside a Walmart store, packed with undocumented immigrants, law enforcement officials said eight of them had already died from heat exposure or asphyxiation and that many of the others were hospitalized in critical condition. The death toll rose to nine on Sunday afternoon, and to 10 on Monday morning.
In all, 39 people were found in the back of the truck.
In a statement included in the complaint, James Lara, a Homeland Security agent, said that Mr. Bradley, who does not own the truck, waived his right to remain silent and spoke to investigators. He told them that he “was unaware of the contents and/or cargo,” and was delivering it to a new owner.
After parking outside the Walmart, “he heard banging and shaking in the trailer,” Mr. Lara said. “Bradley said he went to open the doors and was surprised when he was run over by ‘Spanish’ people and knocked to the ground. Bradley said he then noticed bodies just lying on the floor like meat.”
“Bradley said he knew the trailer refrigeration system didn’t work and that the four vent holes were probably clogged up,” he added.
The authorities learned of the situation when a Walmart employee called the San Antonio police around midnight on Saturday to report “multiple people in need of a assistance,” and a suspicious truck in the parking lot, Mr. Lara said.
Smuggling migrants in big trucks — which an expert on border enforcement referred to as “mobile ovens” — is a common practice for human traffickers in the region. In 2003, 19 people died in a similar tragedy near Victoria, Tex.; the driver in that case, Tyrone Williams, was convicted on dozens of charges and sentenced to life in prison.
On June 16, 2014, members of Islamic State rolled into Tal Afar in northern Iraq.
The city of 200,000 is divided along sectarian lines of Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims and many of its residents were from the Turkmen minority. Sunnis welcomed ISIS with celebratory gunfire, while Shi’ites fled for their lives. Thousands of them walked on dusty roads, their belongings on pickup trucks, passing through nearby Yazidi villages and the town of Sinjar.
Nadia Murad, from the village of Kocho near Sinjar, recalls that the sight of the fleeing Shi’ites frightened people. “We heard that Shi’ites had been killed in Tal Afar.” ISIS was broadcasting videos of its mass executions of 1,700 Shi’ite Iraqi cadets at Camp Speicher on June 12.
UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay said that the “systematic series of executions almost certainly amounted to war crimes.” Yet little was done to protect the Yazidis from what came two months later on August 3 when ISIS attacked the district of Sinjar, overrunning Yazidi villages and beginning its campaign of executions and mass abduction of women and children. 400,000 Yazidis fled, but thousands were systematically murdered and more than 5,000 women sold into slavery.
One of those who escaped and survived was Murad.
“So far we haven’t thought about our life and future. We don’t know what is happening, a lot of family members are still captive,” she says.
A week ago she found out her niece was killed and she wears black today in mourning.
“My sister-in-law and nephew were abducted by ISIS, they might tell us any minute that your relative was killed or bombed,” she says in an interview.
Murad came to Israel with support from the NGO IsraAID and in partnership with the group Yazda to discuss the genocide to discuss the genocide. For two years she has been speaking out about the genocide and victims of ISIS. On June 1 she returned to her former village after it was liberated by members of the Popular Mobilization Units, a mostly Shi’ite paramilitary force of the Iraqi government.
“It was my dream the last three years to go back and see that village.” What she found was destruction. Half the houses were blown up, furniture stolen or burned and emptiness. “We knew that a lot of men were killed there and thrown in [mass graves].” Walking through the rubble, she had to be careful of explosives and mines that ISIS often leaves behind to kill people.
With hundreds of thousands Yazidis living in displaced person’s camps, she says that they face the decision to migrate and leave Iraq or try to return to their destroyed communities, haunted by scenes of genocide and disappeared loved ones. “We are hoping for justice for them and infrastructure.
The main thing is not just being compensated, the main thing is trust. The government authority needs to gain their trust.”
One hurdle Yazidis face is that areas they lived in are now controlled by three different forces, the Kurdish Peshmerga, PKK-aligned groups, and the Shi’ite PMU.
These groups do not have good relations. In March members of the PKK and Sinjar Resistance Units clashed with a group of Rojava Peshmerga who are deployed north of Sinjar mountain.
In April Turkish airstrikes targeted Kurds in Sinjar because Turkey opposes the PKK which it views as a terrorist group. In May as the PMU liberated Yazidi villages such as Tal Qasab, Tal Banat and Kocho from ISIS, some Yazidis joined a PMU-affiliated unit. Thousands of other Yazidis serve alongside Kurdish Peshmerga.
But the end result is a continuing lack of security in the area and difficulty for people to return. Current political struggles, such as Iraqi government opposition to a Kurdish independence referendum, also could lead to disputes over areas such as Sinjar. All this means lack of priority put on bringing ISIS members who committed genocide in 2014 to justice.
“Starting with the mass graves, there are 44 mass graves and one hundred percent [of the victims in them] are Yazidi victims and we are trying to tell the world that these mass graves need to be documented with forensics before evidence is lost.” She says nothing has been done by the international community to collect evidence.
“In terms of the international criminal court, we talked to many countries about bringing ISIS to justice but to be honest, more than 6,000 Yazidis have been killed and [others] abducted and victimized, we haven’t seen even a single case by those members of the ICC brought to justice.” Not one single case. “Not one ISIS member brought to justice for committing crimes against Yazidis.”
In August 2016, Iraq executed 36 ISIS members for their role in the Camp Speicher massacre. But the Yazidis are still waiting.
The genocide is ongoing as well. “Last estimate two months ago is that there are 2,500-3,200 people still captive by ISIS,” she says. Murad says that up to 1,000 Yazidis might be held by ISIS in Tal Afar, which has not been liberated.
In Raqqa there are Yazidi boys who were brainwashed and trained by ISIS to fight.
She also tells the story of Yazidi girls who fled during the battle of Mosul and were shot down by ISIS snipers.
“One girl told me that 10 girls were trying to run away and were instantly killed by ISIS.”
Murad thinks international courts can bring justice and shed light on ISIS ideology.
“It is not just my dream to bring them to justice, it is the dream of all Yazidis.”
Thousands of ISIS members came from all over the world, and a trial showing them as the criminals they are would kill their ideology, she says.
“They could tell of the crimes they have committed and people who wanted to join would change their minds.”
WASHINGTON — Two Iranians were indicted Monday in the United States for hacking a defense contractor and stealing sensitive software used to design bullets and warheads, according to the Justice Department.
According to the newly unsealed indictment, businessman Mohammed Saeed Ajily, 35, recruited Mohammed Reza Rezakhah, 39, to break into companies’ computers to steal their software for resale to Iranian universities, the military and the government.
The two men — and a third who was arrested in 2013 and handed back to Iran in a prisoner swap last year — allegedly broke into the computers of Vermont-based Arrow Tech Associates.
The indictment said they stole in 2012 the company’s Prodas ballistics software, which is used to design and test bullets, warheads and other military ordnance projectiles.
The material stolen from Arrow Tech was protected by US controls on the export of sensitive technologies, and its distribution to Iran was banned by US sanctions on the country.
The two men were charged in the Rutland, Vermont, federal district court, which issued arrest warrants for the two, who are believed to be in Iran.
In 2013 the US secured the arrest in Turkey of a third Iranian in the case, Nima Golestaneh, 30, who was extradited to the United States.
In December 2015 he pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and computer hacking.
One month later he was freed as part of a prisoner exchange with Tehran, which returned four Americans in exchange for seven Iranians who had been arrested in separate schemes to obtain and smuggle to Iran sensitive US technologies.