Judge in 'starving mother' case receives alarming booklet
Booklet sent to Justice Moshe Ravid details haredi version of affair, with bleeding syringe drawing, character assassination accusations. Police launch investigation; increase court security
Aviad Glickman • Yent
Jerusalem District Court Judge Moshe Ravid who is hearing the case of the mother charged with starving her toddler son, received a booklet with a drawing of a bleeding syringe and harsh accusations against the police and the State Prosecutor's Office, Ynet learned Sunday.
The booklet was handed over to the police for investigation and security measures were reinforced in court hearings on the case.
The booklet, which arrived over the weekend to the judge's home, was titled "Blood libel on the bench: The starving mother or haredi Judaism as a whole?"
The pamphlet includes the details of all of the accused mother's children as well as their pictures, among which is the photo of the three-year-old toddler who is at the center of the case.
In addition, the booklet included the names of the attorneys handling the case, Maayan Oren-Rimon and Tal Weissman.
Hundreds of similar booklets were distributed among the Eda Haredit in recent days.
On the back of the booklet appears a drawing of a bleeding syringe which makes up the letters of the pamphlet's title.
The document details the haredi community's version's of events in the case and includes harsh accusations regarding the "character assassination" committed by the police and the State Prosecutor's Office on the accused mother.
Mother poses threat to other kids
An additional hearing on the case is due Tuesday. The Parole Service filed its recommendation to the court, advocating the mother should be kept away from her children, on Thursday. The hearing will address the State's request to harshen the conditions of the woman's house arrest and remove her from the house she is currently residing in with the rest of her children.
Judge Ravid ruled two weeks ago that evidence against the mother presented to the court may suggest that she has harmed her other children and may pose a threat to them.
Ravid did not mince words in describing the allegations against the mother in his decision, whom he depicted as "Intentionally and methodically depriving her toddler son food; causing his starvation resulting in malnutrition and real danger to his life; sabotaging medical treatment administered to him; misinforming the medical team as to his condition; causing him to undergo numerous painful, dangerous, unnecessary tests and treatments and even harming him physically with wounds to his skin."
[Hat Tips: Joel Katz, Seymour.]