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July 25, 2016 / 19 Tammuz, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Yitzhar’

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.

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Minor from Yitzhar Freed Again in Latest Legal Ping Pong

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

After the District Court overruled the Magistrate Court (Beit Mishpat Hashalom) on Friday and ordered the Minor from Yitzhar kept in jail over Shabbat, on Sunday, the Magistrate Court once again ordered the boy be freed.

This time the Petach Tikva court ordered the boy free to go home until his hearing tomorrow, when the State will try to explain why he should not be free.

Three weeks ago the boy received an administrative distancing order from the IDF ordering him to leave his parents home and all of Judea and Samaria. If the 15-year-old boy leaves his home, he has no where to go.

It is unknown as to why he received the administrative order. He also received an administrative order forbidding him to talk to his 12-year-old neighbor.

If that wasn’t insane enough, someone in the army decided to send the boy to some farm down south, where he will have a bed, food (unknown if it’s kosher) and sanitary conditions, and apparently some re-education.

The parents are obviously fighting it.

The mother, who is an American citizen, has now turned to the US Embassy for assistance in protecting the basic human rights of her son, which she believes are being violated.

The boy’s lawyer plans to demand the court free the boy unconditionally, as no one has provided any evidence that the boy has even done anything wrong.

On Friday, the Magistrate court strongly criticized the police for their complete mishandling of the case and ignoring the welfare of the child whose life they are toying with.

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No Water in Multiple Shomron Towns

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

A number of towns in the Shomron, including Nofei Nechemia, Rechalim, Tapuach, Itamar, Migdalim, Alon MOreh, Yitzhar and Kedumim have found themselves without running water for at least 24 hours over the past week.

The water authorities are saying that the water demand has become too much for the existing infrastructure to handle.

Portable water trucks have been brought in to help meet the residents’ basic necessities.

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Minor from Yitzhar Spent Shabbat in Jail

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

On Friday, the Petach Tikva magistrate court (Beit Mishpat Hashalom) ordered the 15-year-old boy from Yitzhar, who was arrested by police at 3 AM that morning, returned to his home.

The judge, Yael Blecher, strongly reprimanded the police for not bothering to even check with the appropriate child welfare services or even knowing what conditions the boy would have in the re-education farm he was being sent to.

The police, unwilling to accept the court’s decision turned to the District Court on Friday afternoon. That judge overturned the ruling, and had the minor sent to jail until Sunday.

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Court Criticizes Police, Releases the Minor from Yitzhar

Friday, June 24th, 2016

The Magistrate’s court in Petach Tikvah had harsh words for the police today following their bizarre arrest this morning of a minor from his parents’ home in Yitzhar.

The 15-year-old boy, a recipient of an anti-democratic administrative distancing order, was forcibly removed him from his parents’ home at 3 AM this morning.

The police and the Shabak broke into the boy’s home, without a warrant, and took the boy away. He was not allowed to be accompanied by a parent as required by law. He was not allowed to take his personal items including his T’fillin. His parents’ had their phones confiscated during the arrest so they couldn’t contact their lawyers for assistance.

A hearing was called and the police demanded the Petach Tikva court allow them to keep the boy in jail for 3 days while they investigate why he didn’t leave his parents’ home as the IDF ordered.

The boy has no where to go if he is removed from his home.

The court told the police,

“The picture we’ve seen so far is unsatisfactory. It seems that not enough consideration [by the police] was given, if any at all, to the relevant welfare authorities. And certainly now that the police have arrested the boy, they [the welfare authorities] must now be made involved.”

The boy’s lawyer, Chai Haber from the Honeinu legal aid society, expressed gratitude that finally there was one sane voice of authority that realized that there are rules and laws to be followed, which the police did not do.

“We must remember that we are talking about a minor with no criminal record,” his lawyer said. Haber added the police were not only acting like “thought police” arresting the boy based on what they thought he might do, but treating him like an object that they could throw anywhere they want.

The court ordered the boy sent back to his home, under house arrest.

Update: The court also queried the police regarding the conditions the boy would have on the farm, including the availability of kosher food. The police said they were unable to answer the court’s questions, as they didn’t know the answers.

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Liberman’s Office Sends Yitzhar Minor to Re-Education Camp

Friday, June 24th, 2016

At 3 AM Friday, the Shabak and police burst into the home of the 15-year-old minor from Yitzhar and arrested him. The boy had received an IDF administrative order expelling him from his parent’s home, but he had no where to go, and the boy’s family doesn’t even know why he is even being taken from their home.

The family told the Honeinu legal aid society that they were shown no warrant, and during the arrest, the police confiscated the parents’ phones so they couldn’t contact anyone for help.

The police refused to allow the father to accompany his son to wherever they are actually taking him – despite being required to do so by law.

The police also refused to allow the boy to take his T’fillin or personal effects.

The boy’s father said,

“To take a child of 15 who did nothing and demand to throw him into an unfamiliar location, without coordination with the family, this is step you do in a democracy? In the fifties, they kidnapped Yemenite children in the dark, and now are trying to remove children from home for re-education in broad daylight. The natural place for my son is at home. It’s inconceivable that from secret evidence that we have no idea what it says, a child has to leave his home.”

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.

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

In the past month, the prosecution was forced to drop charges against two people the Shabak had arrested and held for weeks while not permitting them to see their lawyers. One of those arrested reports that he was tortured. The charges were dropped because they were innocent. In those cases too, secret evidence was used to justify their arrest.

Last month, Meir Ettinger was released after being held for 8 months in solitary confinement. Again, based on secret evidence, which apparently included his publicly posted blog.

In a letter sent yesterday to the minor’s lawyers, IDF Major Yizhar Yitzhaki, head of the human rights department in the military prosecution wrote that the minor will be sent to a farm in the south, there will “a bed to sleep on, food and sanitary services as required.”

And apparently re-education.

The family doesn’t know the owners of the farm, and no one from this farm has contacted the family. The family doesn’t even know if the farm has agreed to take their son, and if it’s legal for them to do so against the parent’s wishes.

According to Honeinu, a hearing will take place in the Petah Tikva Magistrates Court sometime today.

Nor is this the only case in question.

There is another minor, from Eli, who reviewed an administrative distancing order from Judea and Samaria, as well as an additional administrative order placing him under house arrest at night. As his home is in Samaria and he can’t go home, the IDF has decided to also send this boy to the re-education farm down south. The boy’s family has no way of fighting the decree, as the evidence against the boy is secret.

If anyone had any hope that under Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, the IDF’s anti-democratic “administration orders” policies would be reviewed and cancelled, those hopes were certainly dashed this morning.

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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.

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