Sunday, May 18, 2014, 11:49 Update: On Thursday, May 15 a deliberation took place at the Jerusalem District Court. The court ruled that 16-year-old detained on Wednesday, May 14 would be allowed to meet with an attorney on Friday, May 16 at 14:00, however immediately after his ban on meeting with an attorney ended it was renewed.
Member of Knesset Moshe Feiglin (Likud-Beiteinu) severely criticized the use by the GSS and the police of an order preventing a meeting between a detainee and an attorney on youths suspected of involvement with “Price Tag” incidents: “It places Israel on the level of dark regimes.”
Two out of the three youths being held in remand by the GSS on suspicion of involvement with a “Price Tag” incident are still being prevented from meeting with an attorney. MK Feiglin said;“This witch hunt of those involved with the serious matter of “Price Tag” incidents creates a situation in which minors are detained on suspicion of spray painting graffiti and prevented from seeing an attorney,” said MK Feiglin. “This is an issue of grave importance comparable to no other, that should shock anyone for whom human rights in Israel are important.”
“To detain minors (and also adults) on suspicion of violations which are fundamentally property violations, and to withhold their legal rights, all of this under the mantle of ‘the rule of law’ and of the courts in Israel, places Israel on the same level as dark regimes,” explained Feiglin and added that, “I have no doubt that if the matter concerned was a similar violation [committed by someone] on the other side of the political map, the police and other law enforcement authorities would not dare to conduct themselves in this manner.”
To reiterate, on Sunday, May 11 two minors and one 18-year-old were detained by the GSS. On Wednesday, May 14 an additional minor was detained. A full week has passed since the first detention and only one detainee, one of the minors detained on May 11, has been allowed to meet with an attorney.
Photo: Member of Knesset Moshe Feiglin (Likud-Beiteinu)
Photo credit: Olivia Fitusi