All Hawara protest detainees released

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Sunday, October 16, 2022, 8:34 At two hearings, the Jerusalem Magistrates Court rejected requests from the Central Unit of the Yehuda and Shomron Police to extend the remand of the Jews detained in the area of the Arab town of Hawara in the Shomron during demonstrations protesting the increasing terror attacks in the area. Jews regularly drive through Hawara on their way to Jewish communities in Gav HaHar, and recently, there have been many incidents of rock-throwing attacks, some of which resulted in injuries.

On Friday, at the first hearing, the court rejected a police request for a seven-day remand extension for a Gav HaHar resident and ordered his release on bail and condition of not stopping in Hawara. The court ruled that there was not a reasonable suspicion of rock-throwing or of conspiracy to commit a crime and at most, there was a suspicion of insulting a policeman and disturbing a policeman in the line of duty.

At the second hearing, which was held on Saturday night, after Shabbat, the court rejected a police request for a seven-day remand extension for two minors and one adult who were detained on Friday at a demonstration in Hawara. The court ordered their release on bail at 12:00 today (Sunday).

During the hearing on Saturday night, Honenu Attorney Nati Rom asked the representative of the Yehuda and Shomron Police if he was aware of the rock-throwing by Arabs in Hawara. Initially, the representative answered that he was not aware of rock-throwing by Arabs, but rather by Jews. After Rom pressed the issue, the representative confirmed the massive rock-throwing at Jews by Arabs in the town.

Rom: “While dozens of terrorists threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at Jewish cars in Hawara, Jerusalem was in flames, and the residents of Yehuda and Shomron were victims of dozens of terror attacks, the Central Unit of Yehuda and Shomron Police chose to focus on detaining a Jew who came to protest and defend the lives of citizens. The police even filed a baseless request to extend his remand by seven days due to suspected racially motivated crimes.

“I am pleased that the court released my client and ruled that at most there was a suspicion of insulting and disturbing a policeman. We expect the Israel Police and the other security forces to provide protection and to focus on the enemy, not loyal citizens.”

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