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Absurd contact ban includes non-acquaintances


Honenu Atty. Adi Keidar; Photo credit: Honenu

Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 11:52 Last week, a Shomron resident was informed that Major-General Yehuda Fuchs, the GOC of the Central Command, intends to serve him with an administrative order. The order prohibits the resident from entering the regions of Yehuda and Shomron, other than the community in which he lives, and prohibits him from contacting 29 people, including 10 with whom he is completely unacquainted. The resident is married and has children.

Honenu Attorney Adi Keidar, who is representing the resident: "It is sad to see proof of the ease with which the IDF uses draconian means against Yehuda and Shomron residents without cause, instead of eradicating the actual terror present throughout the country. The fact that many of the individuals whom he has been forbidden from contacting are not even among his acquaintances indicates that the order was given offhandedly without genuine knowledge of his personal situation."

Keidar wrote a letter critical of the order to Maj-Gen. Fuchs. Summary of the letter:

The resident is a normative citizen who works for a living and supports his family. For years he has not been suspected of any crimes, and he denies all of the claims by the army of his involvement with violent or illegal activities. The fact that the resident has not been interrogated recently regarding involvement with criminal acts clearly indicates that he is absolutely not involved in forbidden activities.

The purpose of the intended restrictions is not connected to any concerns of public security, which is their required purpose. The restrictions are meant to reeducate the resident, and they are expected to severely harm the resident and his family. This damage is disproportional and unjustified. Additionally, the order is particularly absurd: The resident is completely unacquainted with 10 out of the 29 people whom the order forbids him to contact. Therefore he is unable to confirm compliance with the instructions in the order as it stands.

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