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Youth Cleared of Price Tag Charges; Shin Bet Continues to Stalk

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The Shin Bet security service issued a restraining order today against an 18-year-old resident of the Binyamin region who was released from police custody last week following two weeks of interrogation by security officers. 

According to Honenu, a legal aid organization that is representing the family, interrogators beat the teenager, known only as “S.”,but failed to provide evidence linking him with the Price Tag attack for which he was detained.

The suspect was due to complete his police-ordered period of house arrest today. 

“It seems that interrogators wanted to do their own ‘price tag’ attack to avenge their failed interrogation,” Honenu said in  a statement.

Honenu said that police raided the suspects’ house early Sunday morning, detained him and brought him to the Shin Bet interrogation centre in Petah Tikva. The suspect was put in a cell with “Ehud” and “Maimon”, to agents who had questioned him at length. The Shin Bet men warned the man they would “not get off his case,” and told him they had a “gift” for him – and presented him with an administrative order preventing him from entering Judea and Samaria for a year. 

The order was signed by General Nitzan Alon, commander of the IDF Central Command.

Family members and friends accused the Shin Bet of acting like “thugs” and “common criminals,” and said the restraining order is nothing more than revenge against the young man for humiliating investigators. “He was investigated for an incident that took place in the north of Israel, six months ago. Now, all of a sudden it’s dangerous for him to be in Judea and Samaria,” they said.

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.

Witness: Police Choke, Beat 10-year-old

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Police investigators descended on the Gush Etzion town of Bat Ayin Tuesday to arrest three brothers, the youngest of whom is 10 years old. The older brothers, aged 17 and 19 years old, said police beat their younger sibling during the arrest. “One investigator choked my brother while the others beat him mercilessly,” said one of the older brothers.

The three brothers were brought to the Gush Etzion police station where the commanding officer delivered a warning talk to youngest brother, who was then released because at the age of 10, he cannot be charged with a crime.

But according to Honenu, a legal aid organization that provides representation in Judea and Samaria the two older brothers remain in custody at this hour, and added that the detainees have not been told why they were taken into custody. A Honenu spokesman said the brothers were “shocked” to learn that police claimed they had thrown stones at the police car, and added that the brothers denied “out of hand” the police claim.

The incident followed a similar one in Bat Ayin yesterday, when a 12-year-old boy was detained after police said he prevented them from entering the community synagogue. He, too, was interrogated and released.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named because he is a minor, said plainclothes General Security Service (GSS, or Shabak) officers interrogated him and threatened him.

“Two plainclothes guys came into the investigation room. One introduced himself as ‘Dan.’ He started threatening me and said he is watching me 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“He told me that his goal was to put me in jail for the rest of my life, and that he would hurt me and my family. I laughed, and he told me that the day would come when I would be held in a dark cell and that he would laugh at me. When I continued laughing he left the room,” the 17-year-old said.

Parents turn to Children’s Council

In addition to the Bat Ayin detainees, the family of a 16-year-old boy from Jerusalem have asked the Israel National Council for the Child for help in making contact with their son. They say GSS agents detained him six days ago and have taken the rare step of preventing him from meeting with a lawyer.

“Last Wednesday morning our son was walking down Hanivi’im Street in Jerusalem when he was accosted by two men in civilian clothes. They took him to an undisclosed location. From that moment, we haven’t heard from him or seen him, and we have no idea how he is,” the parents said. We understand that the GSS is interrogating our son under terms of a rarely-used legal clause which prohibits him from seeing a lawyer,” the family said in a statement released by Honenu.

If order to make contact with their son, the parents have asked Dr. Yitzhak Kadman, head of the Israel Council for the Child , to press GSS authorities on their behalf to obtain access to the prisoner.

“This is an opportunity for the Council to investigate the repeated violations committed against minors,” said attorney Adi Keidar, who represents the children. “Violations of the law continue unabated, and no one thinks of the long-term effects of extended periods of incarceration of minors in inhumane conditions in GSS lockups.

President of the Israel National Council for the Child, Dr. Yitzhak Kadman, was not immediately available for comment.

ACRI, Feiglin agree: Detentions recall “dark regimes”

MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud Betenu) said Tuesday that the detention of price tag suspects without evidence places israel alongside the world’s “darkest regimes.”

“The witch hunt against the tough price tag phenomenon has led to minors being held on suspicion of vandalism and prevented from seeing lawyers,” said MK Feiglin. “This is a very serious phenomenon  that should make anyone who holds human rights dear.

“Arresting minors (and adults) for suspected vandalism and property damage and withholding their legal rights under the pretext of ‘the rule of law’ places Israel on the same level as some very dark regimes. I am certain that had the vandalism occurred on the other side of the political map the police would not have dared act this way.

Nirit Moskovitch, a spokeswoman for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, said her organization has not acted on this case is that so many detainees in Israeli jails are prevented from meeting with legal counsel that ACRI cannot respond to each case individually.

“The reason this case has made headlines is the comparatively rare case that the individuals involved are Jews,” Moskovitch told The Jewish Press.

Moskovitch added that the organization is completely opposed to the practice of preventing prisoners from legal counsel, especially when the detainees are minors.  She also said that ACRI has spoken out strongly against designating Price Tag attacks,  offensive as they may be, as “terror” attacks.

“We will continue to call for a strong battle against these despicable hate crimes, which require determination and financial resources on the part of police. These measures need not stand in distinction to respect for the rights of suspects and those interrogated.

“Labelling price taggers as a ‘terror group’ could have serious consequences for the human rights of individuals suspected of these crimes,” Moskovitch said.

Police Detain Two in Price Tag Attempt

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Two Jewish teenagers was detained Wednesday on King George Street after allegedly attempting to spray paint the words Price Tag and Nahman from Uman on the street. No details were released about when the minors would be charged and if they would be released.

A Hamas Tag Machir

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

While Police Minister (of Internal Security) Yitzchak Aharonovitch is busy touring sites with anti-Arab graffiti (and apparently sidestepping the sites with anti-Jewish graffiti), here’s some Hamas graffiti celebrating buses blowing up in Jerusalem and missiles being launched at Israel (actual acts of terrorism that have happened) – just to keep things in proportion.

Samaria Residents Charge Amos Oz With Incitement

Monday, May 12th, 2014

A West Bank-based organization filed a police complaint charging Israeli author Amoz Oz with incitement to racism.

The complaint by the Samaria Residents Committee was filed in the West Bank settlement of Ariel two days after Oz called Israelis who carry out “price tag” attacks “Hebrew neo-Nazis,” the Times of Israel reported Sunday.

Oz made the statement Friday at an event in honor of his 75th birthday.

“‘Price tag’ and ‘hilltop youth’ are sweet, sugary nicknames, and the time has come to call this monster by its name,” he said in a speech recorded by Israel’s Channel 2. “We wanted to be like all other nations, we longed for there to be a Hebrew thief and a Hebrew prostitute — and there are Hebrew neo-Nazi groups.”

Oz is considered a candidate for a Nobel Prize in Literature.

Defending his words Sunday in an interview with Israel Radio, Oz said he made the statement in order to “shock.”

“The comparison that I made was to neo-Nazis and not to Nazis,” he said. “Nazis build incinerators and gas chambers; neo-Nazis desecrate places of worship, cemeteries, beat innocent people and write racist slogans. That is what they do in Europe, and that is what they do here.”

On Friday, hours before Oz’s speech, price tag attacks were discovered on a Jerusalem church and an Arab home in the Old City of Jerusalem, part of a recent uptick in attacks against such sites.

Price tag refers to the strategy adopted by extremist settlers and their supporters generally to exact retribution for settlement freezes and demolitions or Palestinian attacks on Jews.

Jewish Sites Not on Aharonovitch ‘Price Tag’ Tour

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Minister for Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovitch visited Umm el-Fahm, Yokneam and Furadeis Monday to express the government’s support for Arab communities as they deal with a wave of “price tag” attacks.

The same cannot be said for Jewish sites that have been vandalised by Arab anti-Semites.

Although the Israeli and international press have barely noted Arab attacks against Jewish sites around Israel, swastikas and anti-Israel graffiti have become commonplace in recent weeks.  Attacks have included:

  • Graffiti on a memorial to IDF paratroopers
  • Swastikas and anti-Semitic drawings of religious Jews (Hadera)
  • Defaced Israeli flags (Katamon section of Jerusalem)
  • Anti-Israel graffiti (Arab-majority Shuafat  section of Jerusalem)
  • Death to Jews (Petah Tikva)
  • Swastikas, anti-Jewish graffiti, slashed tires (Lod)
  • Swastikas (Ramla, grave of Rabbi Halafta, Beer Sheva, Tsfat

Yaron Zamir, a spokesman for Minister Aharonovitch, told The Jewish Press that although the minister would not be visiting any Jewish sites today, he can hardly be accused of ignoring Arab anti-Semitism.

“As someone who has worked with the Minister for the past three years, I can tell you that Mr Ahronovitch routinely spends two-and-a-half to three days a week dealing with anti-Semitic attacks committed by Arabs. Today, we are visiting the Arab community,” Zamir said.

During the visit, Aharonovitch said he’d come to the Arab sector in order to show his support, and to promise that criminals who deface mosques will not be allowed to destroy Jewish-Arab coexistence in the Galilee.

“They are trying to destroy Jewish-Arab coexistence here, but we will not allow them to destroy it,” Aharonovitch said. “We will do whatever we need to do in order to put a stop to this phenomenon. It has reached very large proportions, both in Judea and Samaria and inside Israel.”

The minister added a plea for local Arabs to “act responsibly”and to let police and internal security forces “deal” with the price tag criminals. “There are already too many people out there trying to ignite this area. I call on all parties to act responsibly,” Aharonovitch said.

Minister: Price Taggers ‘terrorists’
During a press conference in Umm el-Fahm, Minister Aharonovitch repeated his call on the government to declare price tag incidents as “terror attacks” in order to give police “more tools” to deal with the phenomenon.

“(We need) all the tools available to deal with the organizations and individuals involved with this,” he said. “These include administrative detentions, bans on people coming to certain areas. Some of these measures have already been taken, some will be taken soon…. But it is important for residents to know that the perpetrators of these attacks will be caught, and will be brought to justice.”

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