Social media protest: “A Bench for the Yitzhar Minor”

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 17:28 Over the past 24 hours the administrative order banning a 15-year old Yitzhar resident from entering Yehuda and Shomron, including his own home, has prompted a social media protest under the slogan, “A Bench for the Yitzhar Minor”. Already dozens of supporters have “reserved” a bench for him close to their homes. See the Facebook page here (Hebrew only, but there is a photo of a bench in Brooklyn). On the Facebook page appear photos from Netanya, Rosh Ha’Ayin, Haifa, Jerusalem, Migdal HaEmek, Bar Ilan University and more, including Brooklyn, New York. The minor said that he prefers not to leave Israel, but it’s heartwarming to see support from the Diaspora. Honenu Attorney Chai Haber, who is representing the minor, informed the GOC who issued the order that a suitable location for the minor has not been found and therefore he has been staying at home despite the order ordering him to leave Yehuda and Shomron. Also removing him from his home and school would be a severe violation of his rights and detrimental to his education. According to the administrative order the minor was obligated to leave his home yesterday, June 21, for a location outside of Yehuda and Shomron in which he could be under house arrest at night, a situation which requires strict police surveillance. If he does not leave of his own accord the GOC will instruct him where to stay. Two administrative orders were served to the minor on the night of May 31, 2016 during a police raid on his home. As with all administrative orders, they were issued without presenting any evidence and without bringing the youth to trial. The claim against the minor is that he constitutes a danger to the security of the State [of Israel]. It is based on confidential information which indicates his involvement with “disturbances and injury to Palestinians”. By request of his Honenu Attorneys a hearing was held for the minor. However the representative of the Home Front Command refused to specify what the evidence against the minor is or even the dates on which the incidents occurred, which precludes him from giving an alibi.

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