Another Tack: Shades of the Shadow

Like iconic pulp hero The Shadow, (shown here on the cover of The Shadow Magazine issue from 1933) Israeli judges apparently possess psychic powers which allow them to “know what evil lurks in the hearts of men” (and women).Our mainstream media could hardly contain their glee last week when the state attorney flatly rejected pleas to accord Margalit Har-Shefi a retrial. Opinion-molders bristled indignantly at the very suggestion that she might be exonerated. This, they righteously pontificated, would constitute a first step to releasing Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin Yigal Amir.

Just 19-years-old at the time, Har-Shefi was arrested post-assassination in 1995 because she was Amir’s classmate and friend. The prosecution alleged she knew of his intentions yet failed to phone the police. Eventually she was tried, convicted and imprisoned for the rarely prosecuted offense of not preventing a crime. Continue reading