Sandak protest: Detainee awarded compensation

Honenu is representing those who are insisting on the investigation of the death of Ahuvia Sandak, z”l, who was tragically killed in a police car chase on Tevet 6 5781/ December 21, 2020, and defending the many who are being detained while demonstrating for change in police behavior. The car Ahuvia was in with four other boys overturned when the police car collided with it from behind. Please click here for a list of posts connected to the case.

The "skunk" (Protest on Nov. 4); Photo credit: Free use

Thursday, September 15, 2022, 9:31 This week, the Jerusalem Magistrates Court awarded 8,500 NIS in compensation to a protester who was detained by the police without cause at a November 2021 demonstration protesting the death of Ahuvia Sandak, z"l.


First, a policeman beat the protester with a baton for no reason. When the protester asked the policeman why he was beating him, he beat him again in response and detained him without warning. The policeman did not tell the protester why he was being detained, and he was not told at any stage after that. The detainee was taken to the police station from the demonstration and illegally held overnight with 15 other people in a small detention cell. He was released in the morning. Honenu Attorney Menashe Yado filed a suit against the police on behalf of the protester.


The statement of claim cited the following: The policeman did not have the authority to beat the claimant with a baton. The police did not declare that the gathering was illegal or give an order to disperse. There was no warning of an intent to use batons. The claimant had good reason to ask the policeman why he was beating him.


Honenu Attorney Menashe Yado: "Every day, at demonstrations protesting the death of Ahuvia Sandak, z"l, the Israel Police sent dozens of protesters from the streets to crowded detention cells, kept them there for long hours, most of them overnight, and then released them after this 'field punishment.' This suit is one of many that we have filed against this unacceptable practice. This case is an example of the ongoing legal battle to rectify the injustices done by the police to legitimate protesters."

Protest at the String Bridge (Nov. 4); Photo credit: Ruth Grossman

Some of the November 2021 demonstrations:

November 27, 2021: Sandak case: Protests at Zion Square and opposite residence of PIU head

November 24, 2021: Sandak protest: Police spray “skunk” at residential buildings

November 21, 2021: Sandak protest: Display mounted in Jerusalem

November 18, 2021: Eleven detainees at Sandak protest

November 10, 2021: Knesset Members support Sandak family at protest watch

November 8, 2021: Sandak case: J’lem District Court released protest detainees

November 6, 2021: Protest: “Put the policemen on trial!”

November 5, 2021: 1,000 Demonstrators demanded “Justice for Ahuvia”

November 4, 2021: “Justice for Ahuvia!”: Timeline of the demonstration

November 3, 2021: Sandak case: Protest at the Justice Ministry

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