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Policy of administrative orders continues

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 10:38 Numerous administrative orders were served recently to Jewish youths, one of them in a dawn raid by police on the community of Yitzhar in the Shomron. On Thursday, January 21, policemen raided “Kumi Ori”, one of Yitzhar’s hilltops, and conducted searches with dogs. A 17 year resident of the hilltop was detained, taken to the Central Unit of the Yehuda and Shomron Police Station and served with administrative orders signed by GOC of the Home Front Command, Major-General Yo’el Strik. According to the orders the minor is banned from entering the Yehuda and Shomron regions for half a year, is under house arrest at night at his parents’ house for one month, and is forbidden to make contact with 28 specific individuals for half a year. When the minor turned to Honenu for legal counsel the staff noticed that the order was signed by Major-General Strik on January 13 and therefore the last day to appeal was January 20, a day before the order was served. According to a new policy arbitrarily determined by Major-General Strik, the recipient of an administrative order has only one week to appeal an order signed by him. The GOC of the Central Command, Major General Roni Numa, also signed three administrative orders. These were signed several hours after the murder of Daphna Meir, Hy”d, in Otniel, while security forces were still searching for the terrorist who murdered her. Two other orders were served on Tuesday, January 19, one to an adult resident of the Shilo Bloc who is required to spend the next four months in the community of Karnei Shomron and forbidden to make contact with 11 specific individuals. The second order was served to a minor residing in Yitzhar. According to the order he is confined to his community and under house arrest, effective at night, at his parents’ house for six months. He is also forbidden to make contact with 28 specific individuals. Approximately two weeks ago two restrictive orders were served to two minors residing in the Binyamin region. They were interrogated on suspicion of involvement with “Price Tag” incidents and released when no connection between them and the violations attributed to them was proven. The orders ban them from entering the Yehuda and Shomron regions, place them under house arrest effective only at night. The orders have been justified by intelligence information, according to which the minors pose a danger to the area. Honenu notes that Mordechai Meyer was released recently after spending five months in administrative detention by order of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who had been presented by the ISA (GSS) with erroneous intelligence information lacking any basis. Meyer was released after it turned out that he had no connection to the incident which had been attributed to him. “Just recently we received a reminder of how a young man can spend five months behind bars on the basis of erroneous intelligence information. We regard with severity the continued use of administrative orders, which are very likely based on the same erroneous information presented in Meyer’s case. Additionally we are sorry to hear that while Israel was mourning the murder of Daphna Meir, Hy”d, and large numbers of security forces were searching for the murderer, the GOC of the Central Command, in whose area of command the murder occurred, was signing administrative orders restricting the movement of Jews.”

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