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Distancing order for Otzma Yehudit director canceled

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 13:50 At a deliberation which took place on the morning of Thursday, February 8, the Petah Tikva Magistrate Court canceled the distancing order which the police planned to issue to Tzvi Sukkot, the Director of Otzma Yehudit. Sukkot was detained during a protest after the February 5 terror attack in which Rabbi Ben-Gal, Hy”d, was murdered just outside the entrance to Ariel. Several protesters, among them Sukkot, blocked the road to Arab traffic and were detained. Sukkot was detained on suspicion of disturbing a policeman in the line of duty. At the court deliberation the police demanded that Sukkot be distanced from the Shomron for 15 days. Honenu Attorney Avichai Hajbi represented Sukkot and appealed the distancing order at the deliberation. Hajbi objected to the intent of the police and claimed that there was no logical connection between the misdemeanor and the restrictive conditions, and that the others involved with the incident had been released without restrictive conditions. In his decision the judge ordered the cancellation of the planned distancing order in light of the claims in the appeal and in light of the fact that Sukkot has no criminal record. After the deliberation Sukkot stated that, “The obsession that certain individuals in the Ariel Police Department have with abusing Jewish protesters in the Shomron while Arabs riot on a regular basis throughout the entire area almost completely unhindered, is no less than ludicrous. G-d willing we will sue them [the police] over the detention and the distancing order.” Honenu Attorney Hajbi stated that, “The court, in fact, clarified to the police officer that there is no satisfactory reason for the decision [to distance Sukkot]. We hope that he will internalize the court’s decision.”

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