Honenu: No grounds for administrative order

For a similar case from earlier this year, please click here: Judge shortened remand, DM Gantz extended it

The administrative order signed by DM Gantz

Monday, November 14, 2022, 9:26 Honenu strongly criticizes the four-month administrative detention order served to a Shomron resident on November 8. The order is signed by Defense Minister Gantz and was authorized by Central District Court in Lod on Sunday, November 13. Honenu intends to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.


To recap, on November 7, a Shomron resident was detained and interrogated regarding several demonstrations that were held in the Yehuda and Shomron regions to protest rampant Arab terror. The following day, Jerusalem Magistrates Court Judge Daniel Mordechai Dembitz rejected the request by the Yehuda and Shomron Police to detain the resident for four days and extended his remand by 24 hours only. Judge Dembitz wrote in his decision that "it is difficult to reason that the evidence presented will be enough to justify an additional remand extension." In response, minutes after the hearing, Defense Minister Gantz signed the administrative detention order.


Honenu Attorneys Assaf Gonen and Adi Keidar, who are representing the detainee, stated, "It is outrageous and very troubling that the court decided to authorize the order despite the fact that it is clear from the wording of the request and from what was said at the hearing that the request for an administrative order is based on scraps of intelligence information of an extremely low quality regarding incidents whose actual occurrence is in great doubt. We, of course, will continue to act with all of the legal means at our disposal."


Honenu also issued a statement: "Unfortunately, the court has again served as a rubber stamp for rights violations by the General Security Service. A black flag flies over a decision that holds an individual in remand for four months, without an indictment, and after the Jerusalem Magistrates Court did not agree to the demands by the GSS and the police."


Prior to a hearing scheduled for November 9, Honenu Attorneys Adi Keidar and Assaf Gonen stated, "At a time when the personal security of Jews is unstable, the GSS tendentiously chose, for unclear reasons, to demand an administrative order for only a Jewish protester. This decision is outrageous, and it undermines many rights."


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