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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Government cracking down on right-wing dissent

The government is cracking down on right-wing dissenters, using 'administrative detention' when it does not want to bring 'activists' before judges. Arutz Sheva has a rundown of a number of arrests that have taken place in recent days:
Over the past two weeks, close to 20 reserve soldiers living in Judea and Samaria have been arrested - for refusing, a year ago, to take part in the expulsion of Jews.

Some of them were given suspended sentences, but at least two - from Tekoa and Yitzhar - have been incarcerated for 25-28 days each.


Another resident of Yitzhar, Ariel Gruner - married with one child, eight months old - was placed in administrative detention earlier this summer. He is now under house arrest, and faces deportation this week to a non-religious community in the Jordan Valley. His crime: resistance to the evacuation and destruction of the hilltop community on which he lives. He says that it appears that the government is set to proceed with the destruction of several outposts in Judea and Samaria, despite the security situation.

Another nine people have received orders to leave Yitzhar as well. One of them, Boaz Albert, has a wife and five children, from whom he is to be separated for a full year. Three other citizens have been ordered to leave their homes in Maon and Brachah, for various durations of time of several months each.

In a small community outside Shilo, the hilltop of Achiyah, Hanoch Albert was briefly arrested today for violating his terms of house arrest. He, too, is scheduled to be deported this week to a non-religious community near Jericho - not the same one as Gruner.


Also today, Rabbi Yossi Paley, a teacher and rabbi in the yeshiva in Yitzhar, was arrested for an article he wrote five years ago. The police claimed he was arrested on charges of "inciting his students to attack Arabs." The article in question, however, was written "for study and not for practice," as are many scholarly Jewish articles of this type, on the issue of Maimonides' approach to various relevant issues. Paley was released several hours afterwards.

Similarly, three months ago, the head of the Yitzhar yeshiva, Rabbi Itzik Shapira, was arrested and released the same day because of what he had written.


Elsewhere in Israel, a 15-year-old girl who has been in jail for two months was nearly released today - but in the end, was merely transferred to the N'vei Tirtzah prison for women. Originally arrested on charges of interfering with Arab olive growers - whose groves are often used to camouflage attacks on Jews - she refuses to recognize or cooperate with the court system, and certainly not to show up for court hearings. She is now being held for refusing to agree to show up to future court sessions.

Though others in this situation have ultimately been released after a number of weeks, there is no sign of Judge Ori Ben-Dor relenting in this case. The girl's grandmother nearly signed for her today, but in the end, she was persuaded not to by the girl's older sister. The older sister faced a similar situation herself in the past, but had her stubbornness pay off in the form of an unconditional release. She told her grandmother that if she signed, the younger girl would be required to show up for future court hearings and lose a monetary deposit - thus that her two months in prison would have been for naught. The grandmother backed down.

The girl's next hearing has been scheduled for two months from now. A person close to the case told Arutz-7 that even the prosecutor is aware of the lack of justice in keeping a teenaged girl in prison for so long: "The prosecutor reminded the judge that even if he believes it is her own fault for remaining in prison, he must still schedule court hearings as frequently as possible in order to end the case once and for all - but he doesn't seem to care."
There are more cases too. Read the whole thing. The one piece of good news is that 19-year old Shimshon Cytryn was released from jail last night, albeit only to 'house arrest.'


At 7:47 PM, Blogger westbankmama said...

This is really scary Carl. Relocating them to a non-religious place near Jericho reminds me of the "re-education" that the Chinese attempted.

At 9:15 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


I also hoped that many readers would note the juxtaposition between the Hamas members being released while the religious Jews are being arrested. The government seems to have no clue who its enemies are.


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