Yitzhar resident who objected to IDF violence released to house arrest

Sunday, October 20, 2019, 14:19 On Sunday, October 20, the Central District Court in Lod overturned a decision by the Rishon LeTzion Magistrates Court and ordered the release of a Yitzhar resident from remand to several days of house arrest. On the previous Friday, the resident had objected to the Golani Battalion Commander concerning the violence with which the Golani Company Commander and other soldiers had handled a minor whom they had detained and beaten two days earlier in Yitzhar.
The Yitzhar resident was detained by policemen who broke into his parents-in-law’s house in a Binyamin region community during a Shabbat meal. The resident was interrogated on suspicion of insulting the battalion commander and opening the door to his Jeep.
The resident explained during his interrogation that he had only verbally objected to the battalion commander about the violence of his soldiers with regards to the minor. The resident also mentioned that the battalion commander was the one who threatened to slap him.
Honenu Attorney Adi Keidar, who represented the minor: “We welcome the decision by the [Central] District Court which ordered the release of the detainee. This was a false arrest, a superfluous arrest. The court ruled that the charge and the grounds for the detentions were weak and that there had been no need for the detention. There was no need for the detention, and there was no need for the IDF to get involved with arguments with the residents of the community instead of dealing with genuine problems and the actual enemy, who is right nearby. This entire procedure was superfluous and I am pleased that it was over before the [Simchat Torah] holiday. Have a happy holiday.”

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