It was reported today that Noa Haviv, the young Israeli backpacker who was arrested in India because she inadvertently brought her brother’s pistol magazine (containing 16 9-millimeter bullets) with her, is now free on bail. She can’t leave the country, and she needs to appear in court on 10 October. It’s not clear from the reports how likely it is that she’ll be convicted of a crime and, if she is convicted, whether she’ll have to serve further time in jail.
Until and unless Ms. Haviv is freed “for real”, I’d suggest that we keep exerting pressure – of the most polite and gentle sort, of course – on the Indian government to let her go.
This is certainly some good news this morning.
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Don Radlauer says
I hate deleting comments; all other things being equal, I much prefer to have communications be as open and unfettered as possible. Sometimes, though, a laissez-faire attitude amounts to irresponsibility; and in my view it would have been irresponsible to leave the previous comment for others to read.
Without repeating what it said, I will simply state that it was anonymous and anti-semitic; the former is annoying but permissable, but the latter is not – not on my blog, anyway. And spouting anti-semitism anonymously is simply despicable; if you’re going to be an asshole, be a proud enough asshole to leave your name on your comments.