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Night raid on Yitzhar yeshiva, student detained

Wednesday, September 12, 4:33 Last night police and GSS forces raided the yeshiva in Yitzhar (Shomron region), Honenu reports. One student was detained on a claim that a habeas-corpus writ had been issued against him due to his not appearing for a court deliberation. At 2:45 last night border police, Yassam (Special Unit) police and GSS forces raided the dormitories of Yeshivat Od Yosef Chai. Several police Jeeps, a Yassam van, a bus-load of border policemen and numerous GSS vehicles arrived in Yitzhar. The forces claimed that they had a habeas-corpus writ issued against one of the yeshiva students due to his not, according to them, appearing at a court deliberation. The area of the dormitories, which are located at the entrance to the community of Yitzhar, was closed to traffic and the forces began searching the students’ rooms. The students present at the time say that it seemed like the GSS agents were searching for an additional student. After they checked the detainee’s room they continued to search the other rooms of the dormitory. Only after they completed a search of all the rooms did the police and the GSS agents return to the detainee’s room. Friends of the detainee say that “suddenly” a GSS agent identified the student for whom they were searching. “How did I not recognize you earlier?” said the GSS agent. “It must be because I didn’t have my glasses.” The students assert that the GSS agent is known among right-wing activists for his threats during interrogations and his attempts to recruit collaborators for the GSS to inform them of the illegal activities of their friends. The students also claim that most of the border police did not wear identifying tags, which is illegal. “It’s a well known practice among the police designed to prevent their identification in the event of police violence,” said the students. The police who were on the scene attempted to prevent the photographing of those involved with the incident on a claim that according to the law photographing GSS agents is forbidden. Yeshivat Od Yosef Chai is well acquainted with night raids on the dormitory. According to Honenu, which provides legal assistance in such instances, dozens of police raids have been made on the yeshiva during the past few years resulting in numerous detentions and headlines in the news media – real headlines, but false detentions. Upon completion of the raid the detainee was taken into remand. A Honenu attorney is handling the case. Honenu reports in response that, “It seems that the highly publicized detentions of right-wing activists which we have recently seen are designed to satisfy certain individuals in the government and the media in light of the severe incitement against the Yehuda and Shomron communities. When graffiti is defined as a serious terror incident while dozens of Molotov cocktail and rock-throwing attacks by the Arabs are met with a deafening silence by the authorities, it is obvious that ethics are being completely distorted.” See here and here for additional posts on false detentions of Yeshivat Od Yosef Chai students.

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