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September 25, 2016 / 22 Elul, 5776

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Knesset Committee discussed Yitzhar Minor’s Case

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

On the morning of Tuesday, August 2, the Knesset Committee for the Rights of the Child discussed the case of the Yitzhar minor banned by an administrative order from all of Yehuda and Shomron, including his own home.

No representatives from either the Justice Ministry or the Shabak showed up for the meeting.

Knesset Member Betzalel Smotrich, who with Knesset Member Rabbi Yehuda Glick initiated the discussion, said,

“The intolerable ease with which [the GOC”s] decide to use administrative orders, force, and violence against youths and children from Yehuda and Shomron under the code name of “security” is improper and illogical. The distancing order served to this specific youth and the increasingly shameful treatment of the general population of Yehuda and Shomron must stop. There are serious consequences to the irresponsible conduct of the ISA and security authorities, firstly in terms of the trust that the public has in the security authorities, and that itself is very serious. Additionally, even we as Knesset Members have limits. The failure of the representatives of the Justice Ministry and the ISA to appear, is nothing other than disrespect for us the Knesset Members and for the Knesset, and we must not let this pass quietly.

“I announce to anyone who has not yet heard, the settlements are not an enemy of the people and if there is a child who has “gone astray” he should be treated and returned to the proper path. A Youth Probation Service officer and social workers must be assigned to him during administrative proceedings exactly as is customary in criminal proceedings against minors. He must not be treated like the worst terrorist. I call on the Defense Minister and the Justice Minister to introduce a different approach than that which has been prevalent over the past few years, and to restore sanity. The residents of Yehuda and Shomron must not be perceived as the enemy.” Knesset Member R. Yehuda Glick: “A 15-year old boy is not a ticking time bomb. An administrative order is a type of emergency order which is given in the case of a ticking time bomb. There’s a chance that he will scribble a word on a mosque or puncture something? Then a Youth Probation Service officer can be assigned to monitor him. This is a boy without a criminal record and they are using a method against him which is unnecessary.

“For the past eight years I have experienced the Israeli Police fighting me, besmirching me and presenting me as the most dangerous man in the Mid-East, and in the end claimed that I want to change the status quo [on the Temple Mount]. It appears that the security forces are taking upon themselves the task of educating the public. It cannot be that an administrative order is served to a 15-year old boy without even [consulting] the Youth Probation Service or a social worker. It is inconceivable that this has to be said in this committee.”

Honenu Attorney Menasheh Yado, who participated in the discussion, stated that, “Over the past year and a half there has been massive use of administrative orders, and the [security] system is caught unprepared for the use of such orders. They [the orders] are being implemented without any consideration by the welfare authorities or their involvement, without any judicial oversight, and they have caused enormous damage, and situations which would never have occurred in criminal proceedings. “Additionally, only following the appeal which we filed and criticism from the courts, have preliminary hearings begun recently to be held, although they are required by law.”

The representative of the National Council for the Child, Attorney Carmit Pollack Cohen, called for increased involvement of the welfare authorities in the procedure of serving administrative order when minors are involved. In June 2016 the Israel National Council for the Child sent urgent letters to the GOC’s of the Home Front and Central Commands requesting that they investigate the possible consequences of the administrative orders served to the Yitzhar minor.

The mother of another minor under an administrative order described how every night policemen arrive at the family’s home in the middle of the night, bang loudly on the door, and wake up the entire family, which has caused some of the families whose children are under administrative orders to request that the child stay out of the house so that the family will not suffer from the house checks by the police. See here for the Yitzhar minor’s experience.

Knesset Member Moti Yogev, who is a member of the Knesset Committee for the Rights of the Child: “I still have faith in the security system, but I think that there must be supervision over the authorities. I think that statements need to be made here, that in order to come to a decision concerning distancing a minor from his home and place of education, there needs to be a near certain danger and that a professional welfare authority must be involved.” MK Yogev further described several cases in which he intervened and returned youths to their place of study, which shows that a balanced method had not been properly implemented.

Chairwoman of the Knesset Committee for the Rights of the Child, MK Yifat Shasha Biton concluded the discussion with a statement that the treatment of minors in administrative proceedings must be similar to that of minors in criminal proceedings, in which there is increased judicial review and involvement of the welfare authorities.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Knesset Committee Holding Hearing Tuesday on Plight of Yitzhar Minor

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

The Knesset Secretariat on Monday authorized the request of MKs Betzalel Smotrich and Yehuda Glick to hold an urgent hearing on the Yitzhar minor’s case at the Knesset Committee for the Rights of the Child. The hearing was set for today, Tuesday, at 9:00 AM, and will bring to the public’s attention the abusive use of administrative orders against Jewish minors in Judea and Samaria. An estimated 50 Jews are under restrictive administrative orders, many of them minors (See: Police Harass Grandparents of the Minor from Yitzhar).

The Yitzhar minor, 15, was banned by administrative order from entering Judea and Samaria, including his own parents’ home, and was placed under house arrest at night. As is the case with all administrative orders, no evidence has been presented and the minor has not been brought to trial. Since July 6, just under a month, the minor has been wandering from house to house due to the difficulty of finding him a permanent host family: prospective families have been discouraged by the disruptive house checks carried out by police in the middle the night, and sometimes several times a night, complete with hollering and banging, disturbing entire neighborhoods — so that by now no one is willing to host the minor for more than one night.

The minor has been detained several times on suspicion of violating the restriction order, including after reporting to a police station and informing them that he did not have a place to sleep. He has also been accused of being late with informing the police of his new address for the night. His unique situation, a minor pulled out of his own home, without judicial due process and without seeking expert opinion from a social worker and the Youth Probation Service, has already moved the Knesset Committee for the Rights of the Child to strongly oppose the decree against the Yitzhar minor. The committee on Tuesday will also hear the critical statements made by several judges before whom the minor has been brought, about police abusive behavior in this case.

The minor and his family, legal aid society Honenu staff members, and the families of other youths who are similarly restricted by administrative orders are expected to participate in the committee hearing.

The vast majority of the administrative restriction orders have been repeatedly extended by the Central and Home Front Commands, who rely on the claims of the Jewish Department of the clandestine police Shabak, predicting that the individuals under administrative restriction orders are liable to disturb the public peace. (See also: Military Court of Appeals Critical of Administrative Restrictions of Jews without Hearings)

David Israel

Agudath Israel slams NJ Gay Therapy Law

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Agudath Israel of America condemned a New Jersey law prohibiting gay reparative therapy for minors as an infringement on religious freedom.

The statement from Agudah came just hours after Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill barring licensed therapists from providing treatment to help gay teenagers become straight.

“The new law tramples on the rights of mental health therapists to engage freely in their profession, and it unfairly denies teenagers seeking therapy for issues that are troubling them the ability to obtain professional help,” the group said.

“Under the new law, therapists, social workers or counselors who work with minors on these issues risk losing their licenses to practice their professions, and minors who sincerely want to obtain professional help will have nowhere to turn. This is an unconscionable infringement on personal liberty and a trampling of personal rights, including religious and free speech rights.”

New Jersey joins California as the only states with laws barring so-called reparative therapy. The New Jersey bill passed both houses of the state Legislature in June with bipartisan support.

In signing the bill into law, Christie, a moderate Republican who is widely believed to be eyeing a presidential run in 2016, appended a note indicating his reluctance to intrude on parents’ ability to determine the right treatment for their children.

“However, I also believe that on issues of medical treatment for children, we must look to experts in the field to determine the relative risks and rewards,” Christie wrote. “The American Psychological Association has found that efforts to change sexual orientation can pose critical health risks including, but not limited to, depression, substance abuse, social withdrawal, decreased self-esteem and suicidal thoughts. I believe that exposing children to these health risks without clear evidence of benefits that outweigh these serious risks is not appropriate.”

JTA

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