Administrative order served to minor cannot be implemented

Thursday, June 2, 2016, 13:36 On the night of Tuesday, May 31, a 15-year old resident of Yitzhar was served with an administrative order signed by the GOC of the Central Command, Major General Roni Numa, banning him from entering Yehuda and Shomron, including his home. A second administrative order, signed by the GOC of the Home Front Command, Major General Yo’el Strik, states that the youth will be under house arrest at night at his grandparents’ home in Petah Tikva. Shortly afterwards it became apparent that the youth is not able to stay at their home, and therefore he has no place to stay. With legal counsel from Honenu, the youth informed Major-General Strik that he will stay at his parents’ home until further notice. Also Honenu Attorney Adi Kedar sent an urgent letter pointing out that an order banning a minor resident from all areas of Yehuda and Shomron is illegal and added that the demand that he stay at his grandparents’ home is impossible to implement. “The orders served to my client are impossible to implement, illegal and should be canceled for those reasons,” wrote Kedar and reiterated that the recipient of the orders is a 15-year old minor without a criminal record who still lives in his parents’ home. “Needless to say the order seriously violates the basic rights of my client and is disproportionate. The order violates international treaties concerning minors and ignores the ramifications of removing a minor from the home and care of his parents,” added Kedar, who also demanded that a hearing be held for the minor and demanded that he be shown the evidence which the authorities claim incriminates the minor. “If any procedures linked to the administrative orders are carried out against my client, before you have given your opinion of the contents of this letter, that will constitute grounds for a severe suit against the relevant authorities,” stressed Kedar and mentioned that in the meantime the minor will remain in his parents’ home until the matter is clarified. On the night of Wednesday, June 1, in response to Kedar’s letter, the Deputy Legal Adviser to the Home Front Command, Eliran Ben-Eliezer, informed the minor that he must inform the relevant authorities by 17:30 the following day, where he will stay under house arrest. In the coming days a hearing will be held on the case. Honenu Attorney Adi Kedar: “The demand for a 15-year old to leave his parents’ home, and to provide an address for house arrest within a few hours, is illogical, unethical and illegal. We would like to remind everyone that no evidence has been presented nor has the minor been brought to trial, rather arbitrary decisions have been made by the Jewish Department of the ISA and two GOC’s. We hope that the order will be immediately canceled.”

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