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Father and son released from remand

Monday, July 6, 2015, 19:56 On the afternoon of Monday, July 6, the Jerusalem District Court ordered the release of a Jewish father and son detained on Saturday, July 4 on suspicion of assaulting an Arab. The Arab is suspected of breaking into their home during a disturbance which ensued after he claimed that Jews threw rocks at his car. Honenu attorney David HaLevi filed an appeal on the detainees’ remand at a Sunday, July 5 deliberation during which the Jerusalem Magistrate Court ruled to extend the remand by two days. Honenu attorney David HaLevi stated that, “From the start we claimed that it was a scandalous, absurd and outrageous false detention of my clients who were assaulted in their own home. I am pleased with the outcome of the appeal. The police came to their senses and released my clients at the police station.” Two Jews, a father and his son, were detained on the afternoon of Saturday, July 4, in Jerusalem after an altercation between Arabs and the two Jews broke out following a claim by an Arab that he saw Jews throwing rocks at his car. According to the police the Arab threatened, acted wildly and a disturbance broke out at the scene. The Arab broke into the Jews’ home in the Beit Yisrael neighborhood after he thought that he had seen Jews who had thrown rocks fleeing in the direction of their home, which is adjacent to Highway 1, and claimed that the son had thrown a rock at him. Policemen who arrived on the scene decided to detain the father and his son in addition to the Arab driver. The son is suspected of throwing a rock at the Arab’s car and the father is suspected of resisting the detention of his son and also holding up a letter opener, which he states he picked up after the Arab broke into his house and broke windows. The father and son denied all charges and members of the family gave testimonies which supported their claims that the son had been at home when the Arab claimed that rocks were thrown and that the Arab had broken into their home. The Arab was also detained, however despite the police request to extend his remand for five days, the judge decided to extend it only until the following morning. According to the policemen the Arab is suspected of attempting to injure Jews with his belt, threatening Jews standing close to him that he “will kill them” and also attempting to assault the policemen trying to calm him. A deliberation on the case was held at the Jerusalem Magistrate Court on Sunday, July 5. The remand of the father and son was extended by two days. During the deliberation it turned out that the Arab has a criminal record and was convicted of incitement and rioting in the past.

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