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Case against yeshiva student to be closed

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 19:01 On the night of Wednesday, September 16 the police informed the Beit Orot yeshiva student who was detained on the previous night that the case against him will be closed. Honenu: “The fact that the police admit that the case will be immediately closed, indicates that, from the start, it was a false detention. We will take recourse to the full extent of the law against the policemen who carried out the detention and will demand that the student, who served as a squad commander in a combat unit, be compensated for the injustice caused to him.” On the night of Tuesday, September 15, after the close of the Rosh HaShana holiday, dozens of rioting Arabs launched firecrackers and threw rocks at border policemen near the Beit Orot neighborhood complex in Jerusalem. Approximately half an hour after the Arabs started launching firecrackers, several yeshiva students at Yeshivat Beit Orot decided to respond with calls of “Shema Yisrael” and other short traditional prayers through a loudspeaker towards the rioters. The border policemen, who had not responded to either the firecrackers or the rocks, very quickly stormed the yeshiva complex and confiscated the loudspeaker, claiming that the calls were “agitating the Arabs”. One of the students, a recently discharged soldier who had served as a squad commander in a combat unit, went out to the courtyard at the entrance of the complex in which the loudspeaker is located and attempted to clarify whether the police had a valid reason to confiscate the loudspeaker. He was detained and interrogated on suspicion of assaulting a policeman and disturbing the public order. He was released at approximately 2:00 a.m. On the night of Wednesday, September 16 the police interrogator who had handled his case telephoned him and informed him that the charge of assaulting a policeman would be cancelled and the investigative case against him would be closed due to lack of public interest. Honenu welcomes the announcement by the police of the closing of the case, but still intends to file suit on behalf of the student for false detention.

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