I am the mother of Alfredo Tello. Two years ago, my son, Freddy, was brutally beaten, dismembered and burned beyond recognition.

Two Maryland teenagers have been accused of this murder: Samuel Sheinbein and Aaron Needle. These young men allegedly outlined how to commit the perfect murder, just for the thrill of it. My son's life didn't matter to them, but it meant the world to me.

Aaron Needle committed suicide the day before his trial. However, Samuel Sheinbein, with his parents' help, fled to Israel and claimed citizenship in a so-far-successful attempt to avoid trial in the United States. The hateful crime that ended my only child's life has left me numb. Freddy's death, the way he died, Sheinbein's escape: Layer after layer, my reality became more and more nightmarish.

Samuel Sheinbein's escape to Israel meant that he could be tried as a juvenile -- cutting his possible jail time by three-fourths -- live in a prison complex more akin to a college campus, receive weekend passes to spend with his family and have face-to-face visitors while in prison.

I believe that Israel's law of providing a safe haven for all citizens was meant to safeguard its people from persecution, not protect them from legitimate criminal prosecution.

After the Holocaust, Jewish and human rights organizations around the world sought Nazi war criminals to bring them to justice for their horrendous crimes. Now the tables are turned: Samuel Sheinbein is an American citizen, his victim was an American citizen, his alleged crime was horrendous and was committed on U.S. soil. How can there be any justice or any sense in this situation?

I tried to fight back. I contacted the relevant Maryland and Hispanic members of Congress, my senators, national Hispanic civil rights groups. I was ignored. Yes, I got letters back -- enough to give the senders political cover. But no one met with me. I needed these leaders to speak out to the press, to express their outrage over this matter, but they did nothing.

When the Israeli Supreme Court refused to review the Sheinbein citizenship and extradition decision, I expected the U.S. attorney general, the secretary of state and the White House to condemn that decision. But they did not.

I expected someone in Congress to rush onto the floor of the House or the Senate to denounce the court's decision and say:

"America does not subcontract out its justice system to Israel or any other nation. Any nation that receives billions of dollars in U.S. foreign aid cannot create a haven for murderers and criminals, without consequences." But hardly a whimper was heard.

When Meyer Lansky sought asylum in Israel to evade charges of tax evasion, our government successfully pressured Israel for his return. Maybe if politicians and civil rights groups had the courage now to stand up to Israel and say:

"When you are right, we will support you. But when you are wrong, we will fight you," then maybe I would get justice for my son, Freddy.

As someone who is without political power, I cannot take on Israel. I can do only what I do now -- tell my story and hope that someone will listen and care.

-- Eliette Ramos