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August 28, 2015 / 13 Elul, 5775
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9 Jews Arrested in Israel Security Hunt for Duma Terrorists

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Nine Israeli Jews were arrested by security forces overnight in two small Jewish communities, Adei Ad and Givat HaBladim, as Israel continues its hunt for the terrorists responsible for the attack on Duma 10 days ago.

The tiny communities are nestled in the hills of Samaria near Shiloh and Kochav HaShachar respectively. The Honenu civil rights legal organization is working to determine the reason behind the overnight raids in these specific villages.

The arrests follow the widening dragnet in the hunt for the terrorists who firebombed a home in the Palestinian Authority village of Duma, near Shechem ten days ago. Sa’ad Dawabsheh, 32, the father; and his 18-month-old baby Ali died as a result of the arson; the mother, Riham and their four-year-old son Ahmed are still listed in critical condition in Tel Hashomer Medical Center in Tel Aviv.

Although evidence on the scene includes Hebrew graffiti on the walls of the torched home, it is still not 100 percent certain that Jews were behind the terrible destruction and murder that was wrought, due to questionable calligraphic and content elements. A gag order has been clamped on the investigation.

Last Thursday, Israeli police also raided the Jewish community of Geulat Tzion in the nearby Samaria town of Shiloh in connection with the investigation. Eight Jews were detained in that roundup, according to Honenu, including a young couple and their child.

According to Honenu, all of the detainees were arrested on suspicion of entering a closed military zone. However, none of those arrested had seen any notice or posted sign that the area was a closed military zone, the group said.

On Sunday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon also issued administrative detention orders for two additional suspects, Eviyatar Slonim and Meir Ettinger, the latter being the grandson of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane. Both were scheduled to appear for arraignment in court Sunday but the order by Ya’alon now allows their detention to be extended up to six months without a court appearance.

According to a statement by the Defense Ministry, the administrative detention order was issued upon the recommendation of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet).

Court Releases Two Youths Detained in Church Arson Case

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

(JNi.media) On Sunday, Nazareth Magistrate Court released two youths who were detained on suspicion of involvement with the June 18 arson at the Bread and Fish Church north-west of the Sea of ​​Galilee, Honenu legal aid society reported.

The youths, who deny all connection to the incident, were held under harsh conditions in a Shin Bet facility for some 10 days, according to the report. Police requested that the youths be released conditionally, and the court ordered them kept under house arrest for two weeks, and prohibited them from contacting other suspects in the case.

Honenu accused the Shin Bet of using harsh interrogation techniques, which included humiliation and threats. Interrogation sessions were carried out for many hours every day, with the boys being shackled to a chair.

The boys were kept in a small cell that lacked minimal conditions, with the light kept on constantly.

The remand of three other suspects has been extended and the Attorney General’s office announced that it would file an indictment against two of them. One of them is suspected of damaging the church and the other of assisting in carrying out the act.

Honenu attorney Aharon Roza, representing one of the released detainees, stated, “I am pleased with the release of the detainee who was held, through no fault of his own, in remand under inhumane and humiliating remand conditions. I demand that it be clear that his release indicates that he does not have any connection to carrying out the act attributed to him.”

Honenu attorney Yuval Zemer, who is representing the other released detainee, said that “from the outset we pleaded that the detainees do not and did not have any connection to the serious crimes attributed to them. We, of course, are pleased with the release, but are saddened by the fact that the detainees were forced to suffer, for approximately 10 days, under harsh remand conditions, brutal interrogations, and severe violations of their basic rights, when today there is no doubt that there was no justification for the remand.”

Police Arrest Groom for Allegedly Praying on Temple Mount

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Jerusalem police Sunday morning arrested a young man who ascended the Temple Mount allegedly prayed there before his wedding at night.

The Honenu legal defense organization said one of its lawyers is at the police station and trying to win the release of the man.

The Israeli government accepted the Muslim Waqf authority on the Temple Mount. The Waqf forbids Jews and Christians from carrying any religious items to the holy site, and it goes berserk when one of its guards sees a Jew even moving his lips and possibly uttering a prayer to God.

It is not known exactly what the groom allegedly said.

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel prohibits Jews from ascending the Temple Mount on the basis of Halachic rulings, but many rabbis in recent years have permitted and even encouraged going to certain areas after the traditional immersion in a ritual bath.

Last week, a groom identified as Michael Basus visited the holy site before his wedding and stopped long enough to speak at the Grooms and Mourners Gate to talk about Judaism.

The Talmud relates a discussion of how Jews in the time of the Holy Temples comforted mourners and praise the grooms.

Below is the video, in Hebrew, of Basus and his friends on the way to the Temple Mount, under police guard.

Man Arrested at Temple Mount Entrance with Contraband

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

A 27 year old Jewish man was arrested on Sunday morning at the entrance to the Temple Mount.

Police found Tefillin on his person.

When searching the young Jewish man before he went up onto the Temple Mount, the police discovered the man was wearing Tefillin on his arm.

Tefillin are generally worn during prayers. Despite an explicit court order allowing it, the police do not allow Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, the Jewish people’s holiest site, for fear of upsetting the Arabs.

A lawyer from the Honenu organization is working to free the man from jail.

Soldier Arrested, Suspected of anti-Pope Graffiti at IDF Base

Monday, May 26th, 2014

An IDF soldier was arrested this week on suspicion he was involved in slashing the tires of an IDF vehicle and spray painting the words “price tag” and “death to the Pope” on an IDF vehicle. The soldier reportedly denied any involvement in the incidents.

According to Honenu, a non-profit legal aid organization, the soldier, who is a graduate of the David’s Tomb Yeshiva and wears a large knitted kiipa, was arrested last Monday and interrogated for two days. The organization said the soldier denied the accusations, but added that interrogators made him write “Death to the Pope” apparently in order to compare the handwriting to the graffiti on the IDF vehicle.

The soldier returned to his unit without charge.

Court: Ban on Temple Mount Jewish Prayer Violates Freedom of Worship

Monday, June 24th, 2013

In its deliberation Sunday, June 23, at the Jerusalem Magistrate Court, Judge Dov Pollock ordered that a Jewish youth suspected of praying at the gate to the Temple Mount and assaulting an Arab youth be released to his home on condition of his posting bail and with a restraining order banning him from the Temple Mount area for 15 days.

The judge rejected police demand for a restraining order banning the youth from the entire Old City for 60 days.

In his decision, Judge Pollock noted that police claim that Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount is problematic and causes unrest violates freedom of religion. Judge Pollock cited in his decision a similar statements written by Judge Malka Aviv several months ago.

On Friday, June 21, the youth arrived at the Cotton Merchants’ Gate leading to the Temple Mount in order to say a prayer in a place from which the site of the Holy Temple could be seen. According to the youth, he prayed at the gate and while he was praying an Arab youth approached him and began to kick him. According to the youth and Itamar Ben-Gvir, the attorney representing him on behalf of Honenu, such occurrences are commonplace on the Temple Mount and in the surrounding area. Arab youths, and sometimes children, are sent by adults to provoke and beat Jews going up to the Temple Mount. The police and the court do not deny it. The Jewish youth said that he kicked the Arab youth in return and in response was detained by policemen who were on the scene.

Despite the fact that Shabbat would soon begin, the Old City Police did not hurry to bring the youth to court for a hearing and as a result he was forced to spend Shabbat in remand.

On Saturday night, the detainee was brought to the Jerusalem Magistrate Court for a hearing on his release conditions. Judge Hagit Mak-Kalmanovitch berated the police representatives for holding a hearing on release conditions at such a late hour and released the detainee under an obligation to report the following morning for the hearing.

The following morning, the court rejected the police demand for a 60 day restraining order banning the youth from the entire Old City of Jerusalem. Judge Pollock also added that when Arab women made a disturbance on the Temple Mount, the police did not demand a 60 day restraining order and therefore he does not see cause for such a demand in the case currently before him.

In response to the court’s decision, attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, representing the youth on behalf of Honenu, said that “This is an important decision which I hope the Israeli Police will study and internalize. The right to pray in the State of Israel is not reserved only to the Women of the Wall, but also to Jews who would like to see the Holy Temple rebuilt.”

“The judge’s decision today asserts that there is no prohibition against praying on the Temple Mount,” said Ben-Gvir, “and that it is the police who are acting against the law when they prevent Jews from praying.”

For additional, but not all, cases in which Honenu attorneys represented Jews detained on or near the Temple Mount please go here, here, here and here.

Outpost Fathers Arrested in Middle of the Night and then Freed

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Border police swooped down on the Eish Kodesh outpost late Monday night and arrested five men who were released only hours later concerning an incident several weeks ago in which a Palestinian Authority Arab infiltrator was wounded.

The Honenu legal defense organization called the arrest a “political provocation by the police,” who lawyers said knew ahead of time the outcome of the investigation that lasted several hours at the Maaleh Adumim police station.

“There is no reason in the world to arrest adults in front of their little children in the middle of the night,” said a Honenu lawyer.

Police searched their homes and confiscated their weapons during the raid, which was connected with a recent infiltration at Eish Kodesh by neighboring Arab villagers, one of whom said he was hit by a bullet from an M-16 rifle.

All five men who were arrested were members of the first response team, and one of them is an IDF solider.

The Arab infiltrators had reached a vineyard on the hilltop when IDF reinforcements arrived with riot gear but apparently without rifles. At the soldiers’ request, one of the Eish Kodesh team fired twice in the air, according to army orders. Border Police then arrived at the scene and took command, and one of them apparently injuring an Arab while distancing the infiltrators from the community.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/outpost-fathers-arrested-in-middle-of-the-night-and-then-freed/2013/04/02/

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