“The arrest stemmed from an error, there was no warrant, no map, why is there a restraining order?”

Sunday, August 14 15:18 On Friday policemen from the Binyamin police arrived at the Ramat Migron outpost in the Binyamin region and arrested one of the young women staying at the site. Initially the policemen claimed that the young woman was barred from entering the Binyamin region, however at the police station it became clear that there was an error.
The police investigators didn’t give up and decided to arrest the young woman on a claim that she entered a closed military zone, which had been declared on Ramat Migron.
The young woman was brought to the Jerusalem Magistrate Court where the investigator, Chaim Toledano, a resident of the community of Ofra, requested that she be barred from the Binyamin region for 180 days. Honenu attorney Naftali Wertzberger, who represented the young woman, refused the demand and said that the entire arrest stems from an error on the part of the police.
The judge requested to see the warrant for the closed military zone, however after clarification it became obvious that there was no beginning or terminating date written that would validate the warrant. The judge requested that Toledano, the investigator, present the map that is supposed to be attached to the warrant, but the investigator did not have a map. To the astonishment of the people present in the courtroom, Toledano took a piece of paper and drew for the judge a map of the area of Ramat Migron and the boundaries of the closed military zone…
Additionally the investigator claimed that the young woman threatened him and therefore he requested that she be distanced from his home in Ofra. During the deliberation the “threat” was clarified: she reminded the investigator that there had previously been demonstrations in front of his home, due to his harassment of outpost residents.
Judge Pollock ruled that the arrest had stemmed from an error on the part of the police. Additionally he ruled that no valid warrant had been presented to him being as there were no dates on the warrant and no map of the area was attached.
As for the crime of the threat, the judge ruled that a demonstration in front of a house is not a crime and therefore the statement of the young woman does not constitute a threat. Despite that, Judge Pollock decided to bar her from entering the Binyamin region for 14 days.
Honenu announced that it would consider appealing the restraining order placed on the young woman.
Honenu attorney Naftali Wertzberger responded to the decision and said that, “What has surfaced from the deliberation is that the police search for these young women again and again, without refraining from any means, and turn to the court with baseless requests, for the purpose of preventing legitimate protest.”

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