The five defendants in the “spy” case
One of the most recent cases to be handled by Honenu is that of the five “spies” released by the Jerusalem District Court this past Tuesday, January 10 to house arrest. They were accused of organizing demonstrations designed to thwart the evacuation of outposts According to the State, the five defendants operated a “command center” from which they called residents and youth to come to the outposts. On Monday, December, 12 news arrived of large forces of police and border police on their way to the outposts scheduled to be destroyed by the government: Mitzpeh Yitzhar and Ramat Gilad. Consequent to the arrival of the hundreds of demonstrators to the outposts, the destruction was canceled. During the night the “Ephraim Brigade incident,” at which dozens of youth entered the base and punctured the tires of several jeeps of the destruction forces, also occurred. Due to the strong resistance to the planned destructions, the State has brought cases against those associated with the “command center” – which has been operated for a few years by the Shomron and Binyamin Regional Councils. Initially the police tried to charge the five defendants with serious espionage; but soon they understood that this was impossible. The accusations were absurd.
The five defendants: Elad Meir is a resident of Harasha, 36 years old, married and the father of eight children, the youngest of whom is one month old. He is the primary instructor for a second grade class in a Bat Yam school and is active in the Binaymin Residents Council. Akiva HaCohen is a resident of Yitzar, 27 years old, married and father of four children. His wife is due to give birth very shortly. He operates the flour mill for Kemach Yitzhar and founded the Shalhevet-ya hilltop of Yitzhar. He is under a one year administrative exile order, banning him entering Yehuda and Shomron. Ephraim Haikin is a Jerusalem resident, single, 20 years old and an electrician, He is under a one year administrative exile order, banning him from entering Yehuda and Shomron. Meir Ettinger is a Jerusalem resident, single, 20 years old and the grandson of Rabbi Meir Kahane, hy”d, ztz”l. He is under an administrative exile order, banning him from entering Yehuda and Shomron. David Tzvi Eliyahu is a Jerusalem resident, single, 20 years old and works in construction, He is under a six month administrative exile order, banning him from entering Yehuda and Shomron. The charges are as follows:
Conspiring to riot
Conspiring to enter a military zone
Conspiring to disturb a public servant
Entering a military zone
Disturbing a public servant