A large police force raided a yeshiva in Nahliel, a Haredi Israeli communal village in Benjamin Region. According to a report from the Honenu legal aid society, police arrested four yeshiva students, all minors, injuring several students in the process. Attorney Adi Keidar commented that “police would not have dared to behave this way in a Tel Aviv school.”
According to Honenu, the police force, which included detectives from the nationalist crimes unit in the Judea and Samaria district arrived at the yeshiva around 7 AM and started arresting 14-year-old students. For some police showed warrants, others were picked up without court authorization. The yeshiva staff complained of severe violence used by the arresting officers, which caused injuries to a number of students.
According to Honenu, several yeshiva staff and students were summoned for interrogations over the past few weeks, regarding a school trip several months ago, during which police claim they damaged pipes belonging to Arabs. Honenu says police used threats against the minors who were being interrogated, and refused to inform their parents.
Attorney Keidar related that when the yeshiva dean told police one of the boys being sought was sick, he was told to bring somebody in his place, which, Keidar suggests, meant police are on a fishing expedition.David Israel