Amona: Violence starts where there are no cameras

Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 20:57 Demonstrators in Amona have been relaying testimonies of harsh police brutality and violations of citizens’ rights. From the reports it seems that most of the violence occurs after the demonstrators have been loaded onto buses and the means to document the incidents have been taken from civilians. The news media are not filming inside buses. Message from Honenu’s staff: “When the police remove people from the houses they exercise self control, but in places where there are no cameras, the violence starts. We are reporting on severe violence inside the buses, after all of the cameras and cellular devices have been taken from the youths. We call on everyone who has been injured to contact us in order to file complaints and claims against violent policemen.” Honenu director Shmuel (Zangi) Meidad added, “There is no ‘sensitivity and determination’, only hypocrisy, violence and cruelty. Children, boys and girls, and youths were removed from Amona and loaded onto buses. Their cell phones were taken from them and they did not have the means to document the actions [of the police]. And there they were brutally beaten. The buses took them to various locations throughout the country and let them off at night, in the dark and cold, alone, battered and crying.” Honenu has assisted more than 40 detainees. At the Ma’aleh Adumim Police Station Honenu Attorneys Nati Rom and Azriel Friedenberg assisted detainees who were brought in from the area of Amona. The detainees were interrogated on suspicion of violating an order issued by the GOC of the Central Command. Some of them were released after interrogation and distanced from Amona for five days. Four detainees from a demonstration which was held near the gates to the Temple Mount in protest of the destruction of Amona are being held at the Merchav David (Old City) Police Station in Jerusalem. Honenu Attornehy Rehavia Piltz is assisting them. See here for previous posts about detainees from demonstrations against the destruction of Amona.

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