Central District Court – Deliberation and protest
Thursday, January 3, 2019, 10:19 The deliberations scheduled to begin at 11:00 in the case of the three minors detained on Sunday, December 30, have been postponed until 14:00. Protests are expected to begin prior to the start of the deliberations. Update: Thursday, January 3, 2019, 10:36 The deliberations have been rescheduled for 11:30. Update: Thursday, January 3, 2019, 13:41 Two minors were detained a short time ago at a protest taking place near the Central District Court in Lod. The demonstrators are protesting the remand conditions of the detained minors who have not met with an attorney. Due to the protest the police blocked HaTzionut Avenue to vehicular traffic. Large numbers of police forces, including mounted police and Yassam (Special Forces) policemen, are present at the scene. A Honenu Attorney is assisting the detainees. Update: Thursday, January 3, 2019, 16:28 An additional protester has been detained at the demonstration opposite the Central District Court in Lod. Update: Thursday, January 3, 2019, 16:37 A short time ago the Central District Court in Lod concluded a deliberation on the appeals filed by the attorneys of the three minors detained by the GSS on Sunday, December 30. Concerning the order prohibiting the minors from meeting with an attorney, the court ruled that the GSS will not extend the order past Saturday night. The minors are expected to meet with an attorney then. Additionally, the court rejected the appeal on the remand extension and the minors will remain in remand until Sunday. The significance of these rulings is that the minors will be in remand and under interrogation on Shabbat. The families of the minors have expressed concern that the GSS will use Shabbat observance as a tool to pressure them. Honenu Attorney Adi Keidar stated that, “We are disturbed by the fact that the minors will remain in remand over the weekend. We unequivocally demand that the GSS interrogators and the police respect the sanctity of the Sabbath, that they refrain from interrogating the minors on Shabbat and that the minors be provided with everything they need to observe Shabbat. We have already heard from the court about the problems and the difficulties that the GSS piled up for them concerning receiving tefilin and other religious needs. In light of our past experience with other cases we demand and hope that the interrogators will actually respect the sanctity of the Sabbath.” Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir added, “Our greatest concern is about what has yet to come. The Holy Sabbath is approaching and there is concern that on Shabbat the interrogators will take advantage of the Shabbat, and play all kinds of tricks. Such things have already happened. There have been interrogations during which GSS agents desecrated the Sabbath, forced interrogatees to listen to music, showed them films, and violated the sanctity of the Sabbath. The gatekeepers, who are not the Attorney General, but rather the politicians, the Prime Minister and the Knesset Ministers, are expected to ensure that the minors have a Shabbat that looks like a Shabbat.” Honenu Attorney Nati Rom mentioned that there is significant concern about the physical and emotional condition of the minors. Update: Thursday, January 3, 2019, 16:46 At a demonstration opposite the Central District Court in Lod in protest of the detention of three minors detained by the GSS, a protester was thrown over a fence by policemen and suffered a serious head injury. The protester was evacuated to the trauma room of the Assaf HaRofeh Hospital.