Sunday, August, 25, 2019, 15:27 On Friday, August 23, during the early afternoon hours, a man a his son, both residents of Gush Talmonim (Binyamin region), were detained at a protest at Tzomet HaDoar, an intersection near Ma’ayan Danny, the natural spring at which Rina Shnerb, Hy”d, was murdered in a terror attack earlier the same day. Her father and brother were injured in the attack. Initially the son was detained by border policemen, for no apparent reason. His father was detained after he objected to the policemen that his son had been detained without cause.
Son detained; Video credit: Honenu
In the first video clip of the protest a youth, the son, is seen standing on the sidewalk and arguing with a policeman. Suddenly the policeman detains him and afterwards his father objects to the policemen and demands to know the cause of the detention. Minutes later, seen in the second video clip, the policemen detain also the father.
Father detained; Video credit: Honenu
Both detainees were taken to the Modi’in Elite Police Station, interrogated and released before Shabbat. A Honenu Attorney assisted the detainees. On the following Sunday they were interrogated again at the same police station.
Honenu Attorney Adi Keidar, who is assisting the detainees, leveled criticism at the conduct of the police: “On Friday, after the despicable murder at Ma’ayan Danny a group of people gathered near the site in a legitimate demonstration. Residents of the area came not to cause a disturbance but rather to legitimately protest. Unfortunately the Israeli Police, as usual in Yehuda and Shomron, did not respect their freedom of expression and protest. They [the policemen] came in a show of force, falsely detained a youth and his father, through no fault of their own, only to deter them and the protesters.”
Keidar added that, “It is a shame that the Israeli Police follow discriminatory practices. At the demonstration by Ethiopian Jews and at the economic protests the police treated the protesters respectfully, and only here, at a quiet, legitimate demonstration were the police heavy-handed. We call on the Public Security Minister to take care of the problem.”