New administrative order served after father of five returned home
Thursday, August 18, 2016, 12:10 On Wednesday, August 17, approximately two and a half weeks after Itiel Zuaretz, an Adei Ad resident and father of five, returned home after serving a 10-month administrative order, he received a new order. For part of the duration of the previous order Zuaretz was under administrative detention and for the remainder he was distanced from his home and under house arrest at night, when he stayed in the Yehuda and Shomron regions. During this time detectives from the Central Unit of the Yehuda and Shomron Police traveled all the way to Afula in order to falsely detain him. The administrative order forced the family to wander from host family to host family, rendering impossible consistent education for the children and a permanent place of employment for Zuaretz. Honenu reports that on the night of Wednesday, August 17, police detectives arrived at Zuaretz’s home and served him with an administrative order signed by Major-General Roni Numa, the GOC of the Central Command 18 days previously. According to the order for four months Zuaretz is forbidden to stay in Yehuda and Shomron other than in the community of Karnei Shomron and for two months he is forbidden to make contact with eight specific individuals. Honenu Attorney Menasheh Yado, citing the considerable delay in serving the order, which in his opinion proves that there is no pressing reason to distance Zuaretz from his home, filed an urgent request on the morning of Thursday, August 18, with the Military Appeals Committee to delay carrying out the order. “Despite the fact that the previous order expired on 1.8.16, and despite the fact that the appellee returned to Adei Ad on the same day, the respondent delayed issuing the new order until today, 18.8.16, which is an 18-day delay. This delay indicates and proves that the order is neither urgent nor immediately necessary [and therefore] there is no need to implement it before a minimal judicial review of the Major-General’s judgment in imposing such a stringent restriction,” wrote Yado. It should be noted that during the past year as a result of the previous restrictive order the family of the appellee was forced to wander from place to place and none of the children was in a educational framework and the youngest daughter of the appellee was born during this time,” added Yado. Yado requested that the appellee be permitted to stay at home until an urgent deliberation takes place on the order. In July 2016 the President of the Military Court of Appeals, Judge Col. Netanel Benisho, ordered that an administrative order be extended only if new and significant information is presented in the case of an individual whose order is being considered for extension. In regard to this matter Yado mentioned that a summary of the case presented before the new order was issued did not include even one new incident from the past 10 months during which Zuaretz was under administrative restrictions. “It is a fact that the appellee was in administrative detention, then under house arrest at night, and then under a restrictive administrative order, without house arrest. According to the summary presented no incidents have occurred during the past 10 months.” In related news, on Wednesday, August 17, after being distanced from his home for a year by administrative order, Amishav Melet, a resident of Geulat Tzion, an outpost community in the Shilo Bloc, and father of two, received an additional order for the duration of six months. He is also forbidden by the administrative order to make contact with more than 60 specific individuals, including some with whom he is completely unacquainted. Currently approximately 40 Jews are under various administrative orders and a significant portion of the orders have been extended from time to time over the past year.