web analytics
September 27, 2016 / 24 Elul, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘minor’

Jewish Lives Matter: Detained Minor: “A Policeman Punched me.”

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016, 19:47 Honenu filed a urgent complaint with the Police Investigation Unit on behalf of a detained minor who complained that a policeman punched him at the police station after another policeman threatened him.

The sixteen-year old youth was detained for interrogation on the morning of Sunday, September 11 after he ascended the Temple Mount. The policemen claimed that as the minor was leaving he walked backwards and bowed slightly towards the site of the Holy of Holies.

According to the complaint filed by Honenu ( the angelic organization that offers free legal aid to Jewish soldiers and civilians facing the heavily  biased security/legal establishment)  Attorney Menasheh Yado, when the minor arrived at the Department of Holy Sites Police Station escorted by two policemen, one of them impatiently hurried him to sit on a bench and ordered him to, “Sit, sit, before I break your bones!” and the other policeman punched him in the stomach.

Then the minor was interrogated and released with an order distancing him from the Old City of Jerusalem for 15 days. Another minor detained the same morning after prostrating himself at the exit from the Temple Mount was released and summoned to a deliberation on the police demand to order him distanced from the area.

In the complaint, Honenu Attorney Menasheh Yado filed with the Police Investigation Unit, he wrote, “This is an incident of police brutality on a handcuffed minor who did not use any violence, neither at the police station, nor in general. I sincerely hope that your investigation and objective work will lead to a reduction in complaints about police brutality at the Department of Holy Sites Police Station.” Yado also mentioned that this was not an isolated incident of misconduct by Merchav David (Old City) District policemen in their treatment of Jews on the Temple Mount.

When I read this report, it did not shock me as I thought it should.

 I am getting used to it. That angered me even more.

This is one of the (far too many) articles I try not to have fall into the hands of my non Jewish readers. I am so ashamed!

When  I was  a teen in Brooklyn, NY, I did not fear the cops. We were  so proud when we discovered the rare Jewish policeman. It was a foretaste of what a Jewish country would look like -or so I thought.

I remember jumping  a turnstile in the subway. The cop caught me and I remember well, feeling a  mixture of embarrassment and slight fear. Imagine If he  would detain me for moving my lips in prayer..? Never  happen  – in America; but in the heart of Jerusalem! – by Jewish cops (well, many most are Arab in the old city  – yet  another scandal).

Which is worse: A Jewish cop beating a Jewish teen for moving his lips in prayer, or an Arab cop doing the same? Not a dilemma that I faced in Brooklyn.

 This hurts.

Who the hell is giving these orders? Israeli cops have their hands full with real policing and security issues, Intimidating, arresting and beating  young idealistic Jews for expressing the same fundamental right of any Muslim or Christian in any part of our Jewish country is an on going Jewish  horror.

Why am I so flabbergasted? Have I not witnessed the brutality of Gush Katif and Amona and dozens of smaller  super ugly episodes?

I have seen the bald headed, arrogant police commanders who do exactly what their  political bosses want of them. In the gross language that their  underlings understand well, they  unleash the dregs (the commanders know who exactly to call upon for the dirty work) upon the finest souls that we have.

I know this sounds harsh but I guess if my son were punched in the stomach and threatened with broken bones because he moved his lips in prayer, I would be even harsher.

Besides, I am encouraged by my mentor of blessed memory, to tell it like it is. Hiding the truth solves nothing.

Still, I hope that my nonp-Jewish friends do not read this.

Shalom Pollack

Minor Detained on Temple Mount Says Cop Punched him in the Stomach

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The Honenu legal aid society on Sunday submitted an urgent complaint to police IA following a complaint from a minor who had been arrested on the Temple Mount and claimed that a non-Jewish policeman punched him in the stomach with his fist at the police station.

The minor, 16, claimed the non-Jewish policeman punched him in the stomach and another policeman threatened him, after they had arrived inside the police station. The minor was detained after the cops had spotted him taking a step back and bowing slightly in the direction of the holy sanctuary.

According to the complaint, submitted by attorney Menashe Yado, once the minor had arrived at the station, one policeman urged him angrily to sit down on a bench, saying, “Sit, sit, before I break your bones,” while the other police punched the minor in the stomach.

“This was police violence against a handcuffed minor who was not being violent at the police station nor in general,” Yado wrote in his IA complaint. He stressed that this was not an isolated case in the way the cops of the David Sector have been treating Jews who arrive at the Temple Mount.

David Israel

Police Continue Nightly Harassment of Minor Targeted by Outgoing Defense Minister

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

“The minor from Yitzhar” has become its own paradigm in rightwing Israeli media (leftwing outlets are yet to report this outrage).

A 15-year-old boy who, by decree of the former defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, was ordered out of Judea and Samaria, where his parents live, in the settlement of Yitzhar. It was an administrative decree, issued at the whim of the permanent martial law authorities that have governed the Jewish communities in the “territories” for fifty years.

Said decree was not required to specify what the minor from Yitzhar had done to bring on himself the wrath of the minister, it was simply issued, and turned into a living hell the life of the boy, his parents and his family and family friends inside the “green line” where he was forced to seek shelter.

The latter part, about the living hell, has to do with the requirement of Israel police to check on civilians who are removed from Judea and Samaria by administrative decree. Police show up around three in the morning, the preferred time for action by police everywhere, ring bells, bang on doors, wake up entire neighborhoods, because it’s what police do. And so, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to discover that the minor from Yitzhar faced a hard time convincing his parents’ family and acquaintances — including his grandparents who live in Petach Tikvah — to give him shelter for too many nights in a row, because they need their sleep.

Take for instance last Monday morning, that’s very early Monday morning, when policemen and detectives arrived at a home in Karmiel, in northern Israel, where the minor from Yitzhar was staying, and picked him up for interrogation at the local police station. The reason was that the fax (what decade is this?) he was supposed to send police, telling them his address that night, had been sent just after the required time.

Ah, police harassment, that unique combination of abuse of power and contempt for civilians, it’s why Israeli police patrol cars don’t say silly stuff like the LAPD’s “To protect and to serve,” or the NYPD’s CPR: “Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect.” It just says “Police,” and if you’re a minor from Yitzhar tormented by the remnant ire of an already deposed defense czar, you know that patrol cars only spell harassment.

At noon on Monday, the legal aid society Honenu represented the minor from Yitzhar against the police’s attempt to keep him in jail until they’re done prosecuting him for that late fax.

Petach Tikvah Peace Court Judge Hannah Schnitzer-Zaga refused to proceed with the silly hearing and compelled the prosecution to reach a livable compromise with the defense. So they did, and the minor from Yitzhar was released on the same terms as before, including having to send those faxes on time. Also, police were warned not to carry out those late night surprise visits they enjoy so much.

Honenu attorney Chai Haber who represents the minor from Yitzhar noted that “it looks like all of the country’s security issues have been resolved, because otherwise it’s hard to understand why law enforcement is investing so many resources in harassing a 15-year-old boy with no priors.”

No one doubts that police harassment of the boy will continue. Attorney Haber related an incident when one night, when the minor from Yitzhar found himself without a place to sleep, he walked into a police station asking for help finding shelter for the night — so they opened a new case against him for breaking the terms of his release.

MKs Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi) and Yehuda Glick (Likud) have requested an urgent Knesset discussion of the case of the minor from Yitzhar, whose life has been interrupted and uprooted for several months now by what appears to be Moshe Yaalon’s sheer vindictiveness. One man has the power to put an end to this cruelty is Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan (Likud). His email is gerdan@knesset.gov.il.

David Israel

Police Harass Grandparents of the Minor from Yitzhar

Monday, July 4th, 2016

The bizarre saga of the minor from Yitzhar continues, this time with the police harassing the young boy’s elderly grandparents in Petach Tikva as well as others who helped the boy comply with the IDF’s administrative expulsion order, according to the Honenu legal aid society.

For reasons unknown, the IDF gave an administrative distancing order to a 15-year-old minor from Yitzhar, requiring that he leave his parents’ home and all of Judea and Samaria. They claim he is a danger to the state, but there’s been no trial, no evidence, and they only arrested the boy for not leaving his parents’ home as ordered and not for any criminal actions they imagine he’s done.

The family has been trying to fight the secretive order. The other week the police arrested the boy at 3 AM in his parents’ home and tried to send him to some unknown farm in the south of the country, apparently for reeducation.

The family fought it.

In part because the police couldn’t even provide basic details on the facility and they didn’t follow procedures and bring in child welfare services, the court decided to free the boy to return home. The court strongly criticized the police for their actions.

But the police immediately appealed to a different judge who threw the boy back in jail over Shabbat.

After Shabbat the first court released the boy again, but he could not return to Judea and Samaria, so he has been going to different homes each night to sleep, to comply with the anti-democratic distancing order.

The Petach Tikva Magistrate’s court is expected to make an interim decision on Tuesday, and until then, the expelled youth has been living part of the time with his grandparents, despite their protests to the court that it would be too difficult for them to take him in because of the police expectations from them.

And the police are making sure that it is very difficult on the grandparents.

The police decided to visit and harass the grandparents in the middle of the night, despite promising the court it wouldn’t do that.

This week the police began loudly banging on the grandparents’ door at 4 AM, screaming at the couple, demanding the elderly couple immediately open up the door so they could check if the minor was sleeping there.

When the elderly couple asked the police how they can show up at that hour and act that way, one policeman answered they can show up whenever they want.

Nor is this a one-time occurrence by the police.

At a different home the boy had stayed at previously in Givatayim, the police showed up at 11 PM with their walkie-talkies on at full volume. They began ringing the intercom of different neighbors, despite the family’s name being clearly posted on the intercom, and worse, despite knowing the boy wasn’t even there anymore, as he had informed the police he was sleeping at a different address that night.

The host family said the police woke up the entire street with their actions.

The boy’s former host asked, “Why are the police punishing them?” They were helping the family comply with the judge’s order.

Unfortunately, similar stories of police abuse are not unknown in Israel.

The family continues to protest, and other youths have begun protesting in front of the home of Central Command chief Ron Numa who signed the bizarre IDF expulsion order of the young boy from his home.

Jewish Press News Briefs

This Bench Belongs to the Minor from Yitzhar

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

An Israeli Facebook campaign has going viral in the real world.

In response to the administrative expulsion order of a 15-year-old minor from his parents home in Yitzhar by GOC Home Front Command Chief Maj. Gen. Eyal Eisenberg, Israelis have been posting signs on benches around Israel that say, “This bench belongs to the minor from Yitzhar.

The young boy has no where else to go to if the army is allowed to throw him out from his parent’s home.

Signs have been posted on benches in Jerusalem, Netanya, Haifa, Rosh HaAyin, Migdal Emek and in additional cities in Israel. A sign has even been posted as far away as Brooklyn, NY.

The IDF hasn’t given an explanation as to why the boy is being expelled from his home as well as all of Judea and Samaria, other than to say the 15-year-old is a threat to national security and has been involved in violent incidents against Arabs.

It sounds like he’s quite the villain, yet if that’s the case, it’s not clear why he hasn’t been brought to trial and thrown in jail.

There’s been no court hearing, and the IDF refuses to present any of their evidence to the boy’s lawyers, making it impossible for the lawyers to defend their client and fight the administrative order.

There was hope that under the new Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman, the anti-democratic “administrative orders” policies of Moshe Ya’alon would have stopped, but apparently that’s not the case.

Recently, 2 cases were closed against Israelis who were held for weeks in jail by the Shabak, without trial, without evidence, without lawyers and without any regard for their civil rights. They were eventually freed when the Shabak finally accepted the fact that the two were innocent.

You can join the bench campaign at the link.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Jewish Minor Under Shabak Interrogations Rushed to Hospital

Friday, April 15th, 2016

A Jewish minor who was picked up by Shabak for interrogations a few days ago, without seeing an attorney or his family, was rushed to hospital Friday afternoon from the Shabak facility. He is suffering from urgent medical complications.

His family has issued a statement saying, “Now the suspicion that he was being tortured has become a certainty. We call on anyone who can do anything to help. It is a matter of life and death. They took from us a healthy child and now he is being rushed to hospital.”

The Shabak informed the family that their child was being rushed to a medical center but interrogators refused to permit his parents to meet or accompany him.

Attorney Adi Keidar of legal aid society Honenu whose appeal to let the minor be accompanied by a parent was rejected, said that “the contempt for the right of people under interrogation has gone up a notch to a contempt for their state of health. We view very seriously the fact that despite the medical complications the intensive interrogation persists as does the refusal to permit family or an attorney to see him.”

David Israel

Where Will Rabbi Moti Elon Go?

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

During arguments for the sentencing of Rabbi Moti Elon, the prosecutor called for an imprisonment term of between 8 to 18 months.

The defense attorney said Elon should only receive community service and not jail time, in light of his educational work.

The very popular and charismatic rabbi was found guilty in two cases of sexual assault on two of his underage student in 2003 and 2005

Jewish Press News Briefs

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/where-will-rabbi-moti-elon-go/2013/10/10/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: