Thursday, July 7, 2016, 11:18 The 15-year old Yitzhar resident banned by administrative
order from entering Yehuda and Shomron, including his own home, visited the Knesset on Wednesday, July 6 with his father and Shmuel (Zangi) Meidad, the director of Honenu. They met with Knesset members and spoke about the order, which includes house arrest at night, and its consequences: a minor banned from his own home, forced to wander between his relatives’ and friends’ homes every day because no-one is willing to host him for more than a night because of the house arrest conditions. As with all administrative orders, the minor was not brought to trial and no evidence has been presented.
Meetings were held with Knesset members from several parties, both in the coalition and the opposition, among them Nachman Shai, Miki Zohar, Shuli Moalem, David Amsalem, Moti Yogev, Rabbi Yehuda Glick and Deputy Defense Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan.
Some of the Knesset members gave assurances that they would assist the family in having
the order canceled. Knesset Member Moti Yogev said that he would advance a discussion on the matter with the Committee for the Rights of the Child, of which he is a member.
The minor and his father described how policemen have been coming almost every night to the host families’ homes to verify his compliance with the house arrest order. The police arrived during the small hours of the night, on some nights several times, making an excessive amount of noise, needlessly disturbing the hosts and their neighbors. The disruptiveness of the house checks has created a situation in which no-one is willing to host the minor for more than one night.
On the morning of Thursday, July 7, a deliberation took place at the Central District Court in Lod on the appeal filed by Honenu Attorney Chai Haber, who is representing the minor, on the decision by the Petah Tikva Magistrate Court which ordered the minor to remain under house arrest at night at one specific address outside of Yehuda and Shomron and to sign-in every day at the nearest police station.
Photo credit: Honenu