Thursday, January 7, 2021
12:18 Policeman beat 12-year-old without cause
At a Wednesday night protest in Jerusalem a policeman unjustifiably beat a 12-year-old. Four other protesters were detained.
Honenu Attorney Rehvia Piltz: “The boy participated in a demonstration on Bar-Ilan Street protesting the death of Ahuvia Sandak, z”l, and saw policemen chasing demonstrators and therefore decided to flee. One of the policemen who was chasing him grabbed him and took him to a police car.”
The boy told Piltz that in the police car the policeman had told him, “Never cause a policeman to chase you,” and then punched him in the chest. The boy was taken to the police station where after he complained about his brutal treatment, the police claimed that he had set a garbage can on fire. He was released after interrogation, and then reported to Honenu Attorney Rehavia Piltz what had happened to him.
Honenu Attorney Rehvia Piltz: “After the police backed the policemen involved with the incident in whch Ahuvia was killed, the message trickled down. Policemen were given the message that beating and abusing protesters is acceptable, and that they will not be held accountable to anyone afterwards. An elementary-school-age boy was detained and the policeman who detained him had no mercy and punched him in the chest for no reason other than abuse.”
Yesterday evening demonstrations were held in dozens of locations throughout Israel. Protesters called for an external investigative committee and for the closing of the Central Unit of the Yehuda and Shomron Police.
In the Shomron, dozens of drivers participated in a caravan of cars which ended with a demonstration at the Tapuah Junction. Severe disruption of traffic was reported in the area.
Demonstrations took place in Ariel, Netivot, Nof Ayalon, Jerusalem, Ma’aleh Adumim, Karkur Junction, Kiryat Arba, and other locations.
19:05 This evening’s protests have begun throughout Israel
Also this evening, for the 17th day since the death of Ahuvia Sandak, demonstrations are taking place throughout Israel. At this time dozens of demonstrators are protesting opposite the Ramleh Police Station. Soon demonstrations are scheduled to begin in Modi’in, Beit Shemesh, Bat Yam, Sirkin Junction, Tzfat, and various locations in the Yehuda and Shomron regions, among others.
The main demonstration is scheduled for 20:00 opposite the residence of Public Security Minister Amir Ohana in Tel Aviv. The demonstrators will demand an external investigative committee to examine the conduct of the Central Unit of Yehuda and Shomron Police and specifically the death of Ahuvia, z”l.
19:06 Demonstration in Ramleh
19:07 Demonstration in Gush Etzion
A demonstration is taking place at the Gush Etzion Junction with the participation of the parents and siblings of Ahuvia, z”l.
19:52 Demonstrators have partially closed Route 4 in the area of Ramat Gan
20:24 Honenu publicized online protesters’ rights brochure
The wave of demonstrations throughout Israel over the past 18 days in protest of the death of Ahuvia Sandak, z”l, has led to increased distribution of tickets for coronavirus regulations violations to protesters. So that protesters are not unjustifiably ticketed or fined, Honenu has publicized an online brochure which clearly explains what protesters’ rights are in light of the coronavirus regulations and how to have tickets and fines that were given in violation of the law and the coronavirus regulations canceled. For details, see here.
21:16 Protesters are blocking streets in the area of the Azrieli Center, Tel Aviv; Free use
21:19 A demonstration is taking place in Bat Yam.
21:20 Clashes with Yasam police in Azrieli
21:25 Demonstration opposite Minister Ohana’s house
21:25 Demonstrations in Tel Aviv
Approximately 500 protesters are in the area of Minister Ohana’s house. Several hundred are marching towards the Azrieli Center to block streets.
21:27 Mounted police in Azrieli Center
21:56 A punch in the face
21:59 Photo credit: Yonatan Rahamim
21:59 Reports of severe police brutality
Reports of severe police brutality have been received. Protesters have been trampled by mounted police.
22:32 Protester trampled by police horse evacuated to hospital
An approximately 16-year-old minor protesting in Tel Aviv was trampled by a police horse and evacuated with head and limb injuries to the Ichilov Hospital by MDA medics.
22:56 Trampled minor
23:17 Clashes continue