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Joelle Ben Simon affair continues - organized crime in the Jerusalem Family Court

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Joelle decided to sit-in in front of the Jerusalem office of Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, protesting judicial corruption. She ended up in forced psychiatric hospitalization. Now, attempt to inspect her Jerusalem Family Court files has produced clear evidence of organized crime by judges, misprision by senior staff of the Office of the Clerk, and involvement by Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked and Director General of the Ministry of Justice E my Palmor... ____

OccupyTLV, September 8 -- in late July, Joelle sat-in for several days in front of Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked's Jerusalem office, protesting judicial corruption. Joelle demanded to see the Minister of Justice. She indeed met Director General of the Ministry of Justice, Emy Palmor, and also met for a few minutes Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked. However, soon afterwards, she was seized by the Israel Police and placed under forced psychiatric hospitalization, which ended only following intense pressure by social protest activists. [1]

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Figure 1: Joelle Ben Simon and some of the judges, who are involved in her case: Judge Menahem Hacohen, Judge (ret) Nili Maymon, Judge Shlomo Elbaz - Jerusalem Family Court.


In the aftermath, it turned out that the forced hospitalization was "coordinated" by Attorney Yael Kutik. Kutik had been previously listed as a senior officer of the Ministry of Justice, but no reference could be found regarding the nature of her current appointment, raising suspicion that she now holds a position with the Shin-Bet office inside the Ministry of Justice (Freedom of Information request regarding her position was filed...).

The story is still far from fully researched, but it appears that the justice system's interest in Joelle peaked, after she inherited several pricey real-estate properties from her elderly mother. Now, after a treatment of almost a decade by the courts, Joelle lives in a trailer in the desert with no AC...

Along the way, out of the blue appeared retired Judge Nili Maymon, in a hearing where she did not have a judicial gown, no clerk, no court transcriptionist, and issued by hand-writing a restraining order, not even on an official letterhead, prohibiting Joelle from contacting her elderly mother.

Than came along Judge Shlomo Elbaz, who in response to Joelle's request, issued a fake order, prohibiting the father from removing her minor son from Israel... The fake "Decision", shown below, records that the Court now can't find Judge Elbaz's order...

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Figure 2: Attorney Yael Kutik (Ministry of Justice? Shin-Bet?) -- coordinated Joelle's forced psychiatric hospitalization; Ayelet Shake - Minister of Justice, and Emy Palmor - Director General of the Ministry of Justice, are both directly involved now in Joelle Ben Simon's case as well; Attorney Inbal Weil (senior staff member, Jerusalem and Southern Region, Legal Aid Bureau, Ministry of Justice) appeared on behalf of Joelle in Court, without Joelle's knowledge, without Joelle's consent, with no certificate of counsel.


Once Joelle came out of the hospital, she received the July 26, 2016 Judge Menahem Hacohen (of whom she had never heard before) "Decision" from the Jerusalem Family Court (Figure 3). The record was immediately suspected a fraud. It referred to a hearing, where another senior Ministry of Justice officer, Attorney Inbal Weil of the Legal Aid Bureau, had purportedly filed a motion and appeared on behalf of Joelle in court. Judge Hacohen purportedly states in the "Decision" that he had made serious efforts, but could not find certain records in Joelle's court file. However, Joelle had never met Weil, never consented to her appearance, and had never signed a certificate of counsel for Attorney Weil...

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Figure 3: Court file (4835-06-13) in the Jerusalem Family Court: Sham/simulated/"draft" Judge Menahem Hacohen July 26, 2016 "Decision" record - "Attorney Inbal Weil of the Legal Assistance Bureau appeared before me... all my efforts to locate the father's request, or the Hon Judge Elbaz Decision failed... " Esti, staff member of the Office of the Clerk, again printed the record and again certified it, it "True Copy of the Original". However, then senior staff member Maya demanded the record back from Joelle and threw it in the trash. Maya explained to Esti that the record was merely a "draft", which must not be printed, must not be certified, and must not be provided to parties in the case. However, the very same record had been previously served on Joelle by the Court".


Consequently, attempt was made yesterday by Joelle to exercise her right to inspect her own Jerusalem Family Court files (there is no public access outside the court to the Court's case management system). Joelle filed "Notice of Inspection", prescribed by the Regulations of the Courts - Inspection of Court Files (2003) for use by parties inspecting their own court files.

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