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After Altercation with an Arab, Jewish Students Arrested by Jerusalem Arab Police

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Five yeshiva high school students from Jerusalem were detained Sunday, after an altercation had broken out between them and an Arab at “HaKotel HaKatan” (“the small wall”), a section of the retaining wall surrounding the Temple Mount near the Western Wall, Honenu reports. The students were held in remand until the middle of the night and then released on condition of a restraining order banning them from entering the Old City of Jerusalem for 15 days.

The group, accompanied by one of their rabbis, arrived at HaKotel HaKatan Sunday at dusk and began the Shavuot afternoon prayers. An Arab man accompanied by two Arab women passed by them. The Arabs spoke loudly, laughed and disturbed the prayers.

In response to a request by the praying students to lower their voices, the Arab man began to shout, curse and disturb the prayers even more. An altercation developed after several of the students attempted to remove the disruptive Arab from the scene, and he pulled off his belt to attack them.

Arab policemen from the Old City of Jerusalem arrived, and the disruptive Arab pointed at several of the students who, according to him, had attacked him. As a result, the policemen detained them.

According the students, the Arab arbitrarily pointed at some of them as responsible for the altercation.

One of the detained students told Honenu that the Arab policemen did not inform them that they were being arrested, but instead only requested that they come with them to the police station in order to clarify the details of the incident. They were told they could review, along with police, video taken by a security camera at the scene.

In the end, they were not shown the video.

At the police station, the students, all minors, were detained for interrogation. They remained there until the middle of the night.

The law requires that the parents of a minor be informed of their child’s arrest and that a parent or other adult be present during the interrogation of a minor. But the parents of two of the detained students claim that they were not informed of the arrest. The parents of another student received an announcement only at 1:30 in the morning, even though their son had been detained since about 7:30 PM.

Honenu attorney Adi Kedar was called to represent the detainees.

The detainees told Honenu that police refused their request for grape juice in order to say the havdala blessing at the end of Shabbat, and therefore during their entire stay at the police station they could not eat or drink.

(According to Jewish law, one must first say the havdala blessing, customarily over wine or grape juice, before being allowed to eat or drink.)

After several hours of interrogation, the students were released on condition of a restraining order banning them for 15 days from the Old City of Jerusalem.

The parents of one of the detained students told Honenu that their son had not been at the scene at the time of the incident, arriving only after hearing about the altercation.

“Why didn’t the police examine the film from the security camera, as they should have before opening a criminal file on my son?” asked the father of one of the students.

According to him, received a call at 1:30 AM, from an unlisted number, which he missed and was then unable to call back.

The parents intend to file a complaint on the conduct of the police, including the violation of their son’s rights as a minor.

Chabad Emissary Held at Ben-Gurion; Police Crack Down on ‘Right Wing Publication’

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Rabbi Hanan Herbst, a Chabad emissary and resident of Ma’ale Levona in the Binyamin region who returned with his wife and children Thursday morning from half a year of outreach work in India, was arrested at Ben-Gurion airport in Lod. After negotiations between the police and a Honenu attorney the emissary was released.

Honenu is a not-for-profit legal aid organization

According to Honenu’s report, Hanan Herbst and his family spent the past six months operating a Chabad House – teaching and also running a kosher restaurant for the benefit of Jews traveling in the area, the city of Dharamsala, India, a spiritual and mystical center which attracts a large number of travelers from all over the world, among them many Jews.

On Thursday morning, the family landed at the Ben-Gurion airport where an unpleasant surprise awaited them. Airport police informed Harbest that the National Unit for Serious and International Crime Investigations had declared him “wanted for an interrogation” which is why he was being detained. After a short discussion, Herbst learned that the investigation concerned the publication of articles supposedly calling for violence, in “HaKol HaYehudi” (“The Jewish Voice”) more than a year ago.

“HaKol HaYehudi” is a right wing publication focusing on providing an alternative to Israel’s mainstream media for news and opinion. The publication has been under widespread investigation for about a year, including raids on its offices, confiscation of equipment and arrests of staff members.

Last week, two Yitzhar residents were summoned to the offices of the National Unit for Serious and International Crime Investigations for an interrogation concerning the publication of articles in “HaKol HaYehudi” which supposedly incited to violence.

In negotiations with Honenu attorney Adi Kedar the National Unit for Serious and International Crime Investigations agreed that Herbst would report of his own volition to an interrogation this coming Sunday and that he and his family would be free to return home.

Back in 2006, Hanan Herbst was among 19 Jews from various outposts in the Yitzhar area of Samaria who received administrative orders over the Sukkot holiday ordering them to leave their homes, and in some cases all of Judea and Samaria, for periods ranging from three months to a year.

Previous charges against the 19 were quite minor, ranging from blocking traffic in protest of government policy to preventing a police officer from carrying out his duty. But the GSS at the time was said to have provided secret information about the 19 harboring “secret, violent plans against Arabs or Arab property.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/chabad-emissary-detained-at-ben-gurion-as-part-of-police-crackdown-on-right-wing-publication/2012/05/11/

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