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Increase in administrative orders issued to youths

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 11:24 On the morning of Wednesday, May 6, the Israeli Police and the GSS issued administrative orders to three Jewish youths, two minors and to a third youth (who is technically an adult since he is over 18 years of age) banning them from entering Yehuda, Shomron and Jerusalem. One of the youths, a Kiryat Arba resident and a minor, is banned from entering Yehuda and Shomron for one year and from entering Jerusalem for six months He is under house arrest at night for two months and also is prohibited from speaking to four of his friends. The other minor, a Ma’aleh Adumim resident, is banned from entering Yehuda and Shomron for eight months, with the exception of Ma’aleh Adumim, and banned from entering Jerusalem for six months. The adult is banned from entering Yehuda and Shomron for one year and from entering Jerusalem for six months. Recently appointed General Officer Commanding the Central Command Major-General Roni Numa and the Commander of the Home Front Command, Major-General Ayal Eisenberg, signed the administrative orders. Honenu denounces the current usage of administrative orders, which were originally intended to be issued only in cases of emergency and were legislated by the British during the time of the “British Mandate for Palestine”. The orders are not supported by evidence but rather by “confidential information” only, which is not presented to the attorneys of the youths to whom the orders are issued. Honenu’s staff has recently noticed a sharp change in the treatment of residents of Yehuda and Shomron by the authorities, including a marked increase in the number of administrative orders issued. The youths to whom orders were issued today join a large group of youths, notably Meir Ettinger, whom Honenu is representing who have been issued administrative orders banning them from entering regions within Jerusalem, Yehuda, and Shomron. Shmuel Meidad (Zangi), the director of Honenu: “In recent months, when the police have investigated an individual and have not been able to press charges against him, they have issued an administrative order to him for which there is no need to prove anything and thus they legally bypass the courts. Most of the cases being handled by Honenu involve youths who are banned from entering their own homes and thereby are thrown into the street by the Attorney General’s office which does not see a need to present evidence and prefers to avoid dealing with the courts. “On the whole, the public, going about their daily lives, does not see the danger of this trend. Therefore virtually everyone is silent. But the moment that the distortion of justice and the depth and results of the injustice are realized there will be an outcry the likes of which has never been experienced. And therefore we, the staff of Honenu, feel the need to repeatedly raise this issue.”

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