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January 21, 2017 / 23 Tevet, 5777

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At Joshua’s Tomb: 10 Jews Come to Pray, Arabs Stone Them, Jews Get Arrested

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Ten Jews who came to pray Wednesday night at the tomb of Biblical Joshua in the village of Kifl Haris, near Ariel, were attacked by stone throwing local Arabs – but when they called security forces for help they were promptly arrested, the Honenu legal aid society reported.

According to Honenu, which represents the detainees, the group entered the village, which is located in Area B, making it legal for Jews to enter (unlike Area A wich is entirely under Palestinian Authority control), and at some point the resident Arabs started pelting the vehicle with stones. The group managed to reach the graveside compound and sought shelter inside the structure. They then called security forces for help.

Except that, Honenu relates, upon arrival, the Israeli force decided to arrest the ten Jews who came to pray, ignoring the stone throwing Arab mob. Israeli police has announced it plans to arraign the praying Jews in the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court. They will be represented by Honenu attorney Hai Haber.

According to the Oslo Accords, Area B of Judea and Samaria is under Palestinian civil control and joint Israeli-Palestinian security control. As of 2013, Area B formally comprised about 22% of the liberated territories, with some 440 Arab villages and their surrounding lands, and no Israeli settlements.

Under the Oslo Accords segment governing religious sites, the Palestinian Authority agrees to ensure free access to a specific list of Jewish religious sites located in Areas A and B as specified in the 1995 “Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.” But because the Arabs are in the habit of firebombing and stoning Jews who attempt to take advantage of the signed agreement, the IDF restricts visits by Jews to “rare occasions.” Meanwhile, in Area C, Arabs enjoy uninterrupted access to sites such as al-Maghtas on the Jordan River and Nabi Musa.

A few months ago an identical episode took place – Jews were attacked by an Arab mob at the Joshua tomb and were promptly arrested by Israeli cops who didn’t bother to deal with the violent attackers. Police plan to ask the court to remand one of the Jews who were arrested Wednesday night because had been arrested a few months ago as well.

A serial praying Jews if we ever saw one.

David Israel

UPDATED: Six Minors Arrested in ‘Amona Protest’ Released for Lack of Evidence

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

UPDATE: The six minors were released from the Ariel police station without conditions, because Police were unable to show evidence to their claim the minors threw stones at Arabs cars. According Honenu, police officers warned the minors to remain away from Amona, even though there have not been charged, let alone convicted of disorderly behavior. According to Honenu, the minors were most likely reported to police by military observers who suspected them of planning to throw stones.

Six minors were arrested overnight Thursday near the Samaria Division circle (IDF Training Camp 3) on suspicion of throwing stones at Arab vehicles as part of the protest against the coming evacuation of Amona, Honenu legal aid society reported. The minors have denied the charges.

One of the minors is only 14. None of them has a criminal record.

Honenu attorney Nati Rom who arrived at the local police station to represent the minors reported that they were arrested around 1:30 AM and have yet to be questioned. Also, they have not been provided with proper sleeping arrangements.

“The minors are denying the charges,” Rom said. “There is no vehicle that corresponds to the claim about stone throwing; it appears that anxiety about the Amona protests is leading police to carry out false arrests.”

David Israel

Police Arrest Jewish Man for Saying Sh’ma Israel [video]

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

A Jewish man, 18, was arrested during a tour of the Temple Mount Sunday morning for saying Sh’ma Israel, Honenu legal aid society reported. The young man’s glasses were broken in the altercation with police.

When the young man’s tour group reached the eastern side of the Temple Mount, he asked to speak and said, “The news is full of Amona and all the fires. I don’t know about divine thinking, but I know God told the people of Israel – you don’t care about My Torah, or about the site of My Temple, so what’s the point in your thinking whether it’s the fault of the Arabs or not. It’s our fault. So we have to cry out in a loud voice, Sh’ma Israel, [Hashem Elokeinu, Hashem Echad].”

Police who were accompanying the group immediacy rushed the young man, breaking his glasses. He was arrested, and is being represented by Honenu attorney Rehavia Pilz.

In Israel, Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount is completely forbidden. Jews may enter only to visit the place, and only at limited times. Muslims are free to pray on Temple Mount five times a day, every day. Jews are forbidden from singing, praying, or making any kind of “religious displays.” These include closing one’s eyes for a suspicious length of time while moving one’s lips, and even making a blessing on an apple. Jews who are observed making those religious gestures are quickly pointed out by Jordanian Waqf agents to Israeli police on site, resulting in arrests and followed by court bans against these individuals.

During times of political tension and fear of riots, on Fridays and some Jewish or Muslim Holy Days entry to the Temple Mount area is restricted to Muslim men over a certain age, which varies according to decisions taken by security officials. The restrictions do not concern Muslim women, who can enter regardless of their age.

Israel’s Declaration of Independence states: “The State of Israel […] will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”


David Israel

In Rare Ruling Court Revokes Administrative Detention of Settler

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

A military appeals court this week issued a rare ruling revoking the administrative detention of a resident of Adi in northern Israel, about 15 miles east of Haifa. His attorney, Menashe Yado from the legal aid society Honenu, said he hoped the court’s message will be internalized by the powers that be.

The President of the Military Court of Appeals, Col. Netanel Benichou, ordered an end to the administrative detention imposed two months ago on the man, who is married and the father of one baby. He was ordered to remain away from his family home and be confined to the town of Ma’aleh Adumim. He was instructed to inform police where he would spend the night, and was also prohibited from communicating with some of his neighbors.

Following an urgent appeal by Yado, accompanied by a request from the head of the Karnei Shomron regional council, where the detainee’s parents live, the OC Central Command agreed to move his house detention and the curfew to Karnei Shomron.

This has since been followed by nightly visits by police to the man’s parents’ home to supervise his compliance. Attorney Yado meanwhile submitted an appeal regarding the validity of the detention, saying it was baseless and constituted a serious violation of his client’s rights and the rights of his family.

Judge Benichou’s ruling said there was nothing in the intelligence information presented to him to justify the detention and the nightly curfew, and so he ordered it void. The judge did support the restriction on the man’s movement in Judea and Samaria save for his parents’ home, and the contact with his neighbors.

The judge reiterated the importance of a defendant’s right to a hearing prior to issuing an administrative detention, and his right to review all the relevant information against him.

According to Honenu, there have only been two cases in which a military court revoked administrative detention orders against Jews. Things are similar in the Arab sector as well.

Attorney Yado said in a statement that the court’s ruling shows that the OC Central Command’s finger is heavy on the trigger of detentions. We are delighted that the court has revoked the nightly curfew imposed on my client and his wife and baby boy, under intense and offensive police visits. Today the court said it was all unjustified, disproportionate and unconstitutional. I hope that the Central Command will internalize this message even a little bit and cease the illegal violations of civil rights.”

David Israel

Arab Preacher gets 8 Months for Inspiring Assassination Attempt on MK Glick [video]

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

The Jerusalem Magistrate Court on Sunday morning sentenced Sheikh Omar Abu Sara to eight months in prison for inciting to murdering Jews in sermons he gave on the Temple Mount. The complaint against Abu Sara was submitted two years ago by legal aid society Honenu attorney Hur Nizri, in the name of Yehuda Glick, now a Likud MK, shortly after an assassination attempt on Glick.

Honenu issued a statement expressing pleasure for the fact that Abu Sara was finally placed behind bars, but was critical of the short sentence. “This is a case of too little too late,” said the statement, adding, “We wonder why he received such a relatively light sentence despite the fact that his incitements have many followers and could have caused attacks against Jews — while a Jewish young man with hardly any influence, who was convicted of possessing a document that was never disseminated, was given two years in prison.”

Back in March, the Rehovot Mgaistrate Court sentenced Moshe Orbach, 24, a rightwing activist from B’nei B’rak, to two years in prison plus half a year probation, for writing a document titled “Wicked Kingdom,” intended for limited dissemination. The document was discovered during the investigation of the torching of a section of the Fish and Loaves church near the Kinneret. Judge Menahem Mizrahi wrote in his sentence that “the harsh character of the document, all of which is comprised of incitement to violence in its environment, has a destructive potential should it reach attentive ears and willing hearts seeking violence.” The judge added that the exceptionally harsh sentence should serve as a warning to anyone else wishing to follow in Orbach’s footsteps that the courts “will not belittle acts that have the power to damage or subvert the delicate fabric of Israel’s population.”

All of which appears to be targeted mostly at Jews, because an Arab preacher who actually advocated murdering the entire Jewish segment of said delicate fabric of the population received less than half of Orbach’s sentence — and he, the Arab, didn’t just scribble it on a mimeographed booklet, he proudly declared it on YouTube:

“The Jews are the most wicked among Allah’s creatures. They are the worst villains who have ever walked the planet. We’re living in a time when the war against the Jews is near, and I say clearly to the Jews: It’s time to slaughter you. It’s time to fight you. It’s time to kill you. God willing, we are ready. We and the loyal Muslims, along with the armies of the Muslim Caliphate who will come to liberate this land from your filth. We are anticipating the day — the moment — of your slaughter.”

Spoken like a true man of God.

JNi.Media

Magistrate Court Refusing to Rule on IDF General’s Jurisdiction Inside the ‘Green Line’

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

A Petah Tikva Magistrate Court judge on Tuesday ruled that a man accused of defying an administrative restraining order issued by the OC Central Command remain free until his trial, but refused to rule on the extent of the authority of the IDF Central Command within the “green line,” Honenu legal aid society reported.

Police on Sunday arrested a young Samaria resident in his 20s claiming he had violated an executive order handed him by OC Central Command Gen. Roni Numa. The order instructed the young man to remain in the community of Tzofim, northeast of Kfar Saba, in Samaria, and observe a curfew in his parents home in the same community. But the young man has chosen instead to reside in Beit Shemesh and, in fact, received the order in Jerusalem.

Honenu attorney Menashe Yado, representing the defendant, sent an appeal to the OC Central Command arguing that the law does not give the IDF chief executive in Judea and Samaria any legal jurisdiction inside pre-1967 Israel, so that the restraining order was inherently a breach of the military’s authority.

Last Sunday, about three weeks after said correspondence had taken place, the young man was arrested in the Beit Shemesh area and was indicted in the Petah Tikva Magistrate Court on five items of violating a restraining order, based on testimony of police who looked for him at his parents’ home and did not find him there. Police then asked for his detention, claiming that he posed danger to the public.

Honenu Attorney Avichai Hajbi, who represented the defendant at the hearing, argued that the chief of Central Command has no jurisdiction outside Judea and Samaria, noting the correspondence to that effect which had been conducted with the IDF. Hajbi also questioned just how dangerous police really considered his client to be if they had let three weeks lapse between the day they discovered his absence and the day they picked him up.

Judge Eti Craif ruled the defendant could go free, conditioned on providing alternative detention, but refused to rule on the issue of the IDF General’s jurisdiction, noting that as long as the restraining order itself is valid, the only place to discuss it is in a military appeals committee.

Attorney Hajbi expressed satisfaction at the fact that his client was released, even though the court completely ignored his main argument.

JNi.Media

Samaria Jew Indicted for Shooting at Arab Taxi that Tried to Run Him Over

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

A young resident of Samaria was indicted on Sunday for endangering lives on a traffic lane when he shot an air gun at an Arab taxi on Aug. 24, 2016. The shot smashed the car’s rear window but no one was hurt. The police and Shabak announcement described the suspect, Moshe Yinon Oren, 18, a resident of Ronen Hilltop, which Police referred to as Arusi Hilltop (the settlement is named after Ronen Arusi, who established it), as a “rightwing extremist” who was risking human lives.

A search in Oren’s home yielded an air gun that was used in the even described in the indictment, an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) which he is accused of driving during the event, an empty magazine for plastic bullets caliber 5.56, gas canisters, a sling, and a metal box containing 37 anti-vehicle spikes.

The Police and Shabak announcement also says Oren has confessed to the charges and reenacted the event: he arrived on his ATV at Route 60 near the main Yitzhar junction, where police say he shot his air gun at the Arab taxi and fled the scene.

However, according to legal aid society Honenu, whose attorney Itai Rosin represents Oren, the indictment and the announcement omit a crucial component, namely the fact that the Arab taxi veered off its path in an attempt to ram Oren’s vehicle. According to Rosin, on Aug. 24 his client was riding his ATV on the road leading to Har Bracha, when the taxi, with five Arab workers inside, veered of its path on the opposite side of the road in an attempt to ram his vehicle, forcing him off to the shoulder of the road.

In response, Oren turned around and gave chase after the taxi, catching up with it at the roundabout of the Hawara Village, at which point he pulled out his air gun and shot the car’s rear window. A week ago Saturday night he was arrested and spent the week in a Shabak interrogation facility without contact with a lawyer, even though the indictment does not accuse him of a weapons violation or a hate crime.

Attorney Rosin said in a statement that his client, “a young man who is about to enlist in the IDF, felt threatened as a result of the wild driving of the complainants, and used a toy gun, an air gun. This is not a ‘price tag’ action, my client does not belong to this group or another, and the indictment itself does not accuse him of race- or weapons-related violations. It is inconceivable that my client would be investigated by the Shabak and be kept from seeing his lawyer, a harsh and ongoing violation of his fundamental rights, all of it under the cover of a gag order as if this were a serious security violation. If the same acts had been committed by a boy from Tel Aviv or Herzlia he would certainly not have been interrogated by the Shabak and kept from meeting an attorney.” Rosin added, “I am certain these discrepancies will receive their proper attention during his trial.”

David Israel

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/samaria-jew-indicted-for-shooting-at-arab-taxi-that-tried-to-run-him-over/2016/09/04/

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