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May 26, 2016 / 18 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Gush Etzion’

Bogie Ya’alon’s Overnight Good Bye Gift: Administrative Removal of 4 Settlers

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

On his way out of office, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon still found the time to send a special gift to the people of Yitzhar, a Jewish community just south of Shechem: Wednesday night Shabak and Police forces raided their homes and handed four administrative removal orders, signed by OC Central Command Roni Numa and Home Front Command Deputy Chief Gen. Dadi Samchi, to four Od Yosef Hai yeshiva students, two adults and two minors, Srugim reported.

The two minors were removed for six months from Judea and Samaria, but one of them, whose parents live in Gush Etzion, was allowed to stay in the Gush. The two adults received four- and nine-month removal orders.

Like all administrative decrees in the occupied Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, which have been under temporary martial law for almost 40 years now, the removal orders do not mention any evidence or chargers or even suspicions against the recipients, who could just as easily have been stashed away in prison on the same whim. All the orders said was that they had been issued after the commanding officers have become convinced that “it is necessary for the sake of guaranteeing state security, public peace, and maintaining the public order.” One order said it had been issued after “examination of intelligence,” which pointed to “involvement in an illegal and violent activity endangering Palestinian residents and their property.”

One of the four students completed a six-month removal order only a month ago and arrived to continue his yeshiva studies, but as is becoming the norm in these cases, the Shabak issued him a second removal order shortly thereafter. And since by law the government need not explain its reasons, provide evidence or file formal charges, they could ostensibly keep issuing those decrees — unless a new Defense Minister comes on board who is more democratically minded.

Yitzhar’s Yeshiva was occupied for one year, starting April 11, 2014, by a Border Guard company, after confrontations between local residents and the IDF, when the latter had demolished unauthorized structures in the community.

The Honenu legal aid society issued a statement following the four removal decrees, saying, “It appears that the Defense Minister has been disconnected, is losing touch with his own values, and does not comprehend how an orderly government system should operate. Yesterday he told IDF soldiers to say what’s on their minds, even if it contradicts the position of the elected government—in effect preaching a military coups d’état—and today he adds even more administrative decrees as if in Israel there’s no need for evidence, proof and trials. Who will stop this slippery slope?”

Hopefully a man named Avigdor Liebrman. Next week.

David Israel

Bus Stoned on Walleja Road

Monday, May 16th, 2016

The windshield of a bus was broken by rock throwers on the Walleja road in Gush Etzion near Har Gilo.

No one was injured in the attack.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Armed Arab Caught at Entrance to Beitar Illit

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

An Arab, armed with a knife, was caught at the Givat Bet entrance to Beitar Illit in Gush Etzion as he was trying to get into the city.

The incident happened a little before 10 PM on Sunday.

He was apprehended with no injuries to any civilians or security forces.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Court Forces Police to Release 12-Year-Old Suspect from Prison

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday rejected a request by police to remand two Jewish minors, 12 and 15-years-old, from Gush Etzion, who had been kept in jail for three days on suspicion of cutting Arab-owned vehicle tires, Honenu legal aid society reported. Their attorney said in a statement that no 12-year-old should be in kept in jail, and that police have lost all sense of proportion.

The two boys were picked up late Saturday night, with the younger one removed from his parents’ home by detectives. They were remanded the next day until Tuesday, when police requested to keep them locked up despite the fact that they deny the charges against them and the investigation is yet to reveal any new information. Another minor was released on Monday and the court ruled that police must give more consideration as to whether or not to arrest young minors.

Attorney Sinai Harizi Moses, who represents the minors for Honenu, said in her statement, “The state is waging a war to the death on anything with a nationalistic aspect, including offenses against property. The arrest of a 12-year-old who is on the threshold of criminal responsibility, in his bed, in the middle of the night, and his remand, shows that the system has lost all manner of rationality and proportion and have forgotten the meaning of human rights. The arrest of a 12-year-old is something that should not happen except in extreme cases, and this is not such a case.”

David Israel

FOUND: Missing Person – Uri Houminer

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

UPDATE 4:40 PM The boy has been found.

Missing – The public is asked for help in locating Uri Houminer (16) from Efrat, Gush Etzion.

Uri was seen at the Tzomet HaGush (Gush Etzion junction) at 10 PM on Monday evening, getting out of a car.

UPDATE: Residents report seeing Uri a short time later in Jerusalem at the Gilo junction.

He is wearing blue jeans, a white shirt and a bordeaux sweatshirt that says “American Eagle” on it.

If you have any information on his whereabouts that might help in locating him, please call the Efrat security center at 1-700-70-5000.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Mazel Tov!

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Israeli lone soldier Eliezer First surprised his girlfriend Rachel Shechter who came to visit him at the army base in Gush Etzion with an engagement proposal, on May 1, 2016.

From the smiles, we assume that she said yes.

Surprise Engagement

Surprise Engagement

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IDF Soldiers Attacked in Beit Fajar Near Gush Etzion Junction

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Two IDF soldiers were attacked Tuesday night by Arab terrorists in Beit Fajar.

The soldiers came under a hail of rocks after accidentally entering the Arab village, not far from the Gush Etzion junction, in an unprotected vehicle.

The windshield of the vehicle was smashed but they nevertheless managed to make it out of the village and head back towards Gush Etzion without injury.

The IDF has launched an investigation into the incident.

Hana Levi Julian

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