Jerusalem District Court rejects appeal, Jews detained in Kfar Qusra incident to be released

Friday, January 10, 2014, 14:37 Jerusalem District Court Judge Raphael Ya’akobi rejected a request by the police to appeal the decision of the Jerusalem Magistrate Court to release the seven Jews detained in the Kfar Qusra incident after an Arab mob attempted to lynch them. The district court rejected out of hand the police request to delay carrying out the release by 48 hours. The request apparently followed a direct order from the Attorney General, Shai Nitzan.
Jerusalem Magistrate Court Judge Mordechai Kaduri had already rejected the request by the police to extend the remand of the detainees. Judge Kaduri also drew criticism on the police, especially for their powerlessness in light of their lack of investigating the rioting Arab assailants.
Six of the detainees are being represented by Honenu attorney Adi Kedar.
Honenu notes that, “Again in several courts of law it has been proven that the Israeli Police chooses time after time to persecute Jewish victims instead of dealing with the rioting Arabs.”
Update: Please click here for an Arutz Sheva report on the incident and here for an interview, in English, with a spokesman from Esh Kodesh. Also Arabs posted a video clip showing the injuries they caused to unarmed Jews, seven of whom are the above mentioned detainees, hiking in the region of Esh Kodesh. See here.


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