Is protest against administrative orders being silenced?
Updated: Apr 10
Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 15:14 On the morning of Wednesday, March 9, police detectives from the Department of Nationalist Crime in the Central Unit of the Yehuda and Shomron Police, detained two youths under administrative orders banning them from entering certain regions of Yehuda and Shomron a matter of minutes after they left a Jerusalem printing house with posters and fliers advertising a protest opposing the current IDF policy of issuing administrative orders.
The protest is scheduled to take place after Shabbat at 21:00 on Saturday, March 12, opposite the residence of the GOC of the Central Command, Major General Roni Numa, on Ya’ir Street in Ramat Gan. On the posters, in addition to technical details about the time and place of the protest, the following is written: “At a time when Arab terror is rampant, Roni Numa is serving administrative orders to Jews.” The two youths left the printing house, with their posters, and started to drive away. After a short distance the police detectives pulled them over at the side of the road and detained them. The detectives examined the posters, made several phone calls and after a short time released the detainees and returned the posters to them. Honenu: “It cannot be that in a country that classifies itself as democratic, police detectives are able to detain people for printing posters, especially when they do not know what is written on them. The police are harassing these youth and also attempting to silence their protest against issuing administrative orders without evidence and a trial.” On Wednesday, March 2, a youth under an administrative order was detained and illegally body-searched by policemen near the residence of Major General Roni Numa, the GOC of the Central Command. The youth was examining the surroundings of Major-General Numa’s residence in order to prepare and file a request with the police to hold a demonstration near his home in protest of the administrative orders issued to Jewish youth. Honenu Attorney Rehavia Piltz filed a complaint with the Police Investigation Unit against the detention and illegal body-search. Honenu notes that police detectives have previously detained activists bringing material to a printing house, despite the fact that the material was completely legal. Please see Police admit: Posters in support of Elad Sela are legal, and Gag order lifted on Old City Jerusalem incident, for related cases.