Yeshiva students arrested in Jerusalem last night released

Thursday, February 9, 18:30 The two yeshiva students, Y’ and Y’, arrested last night in the Old City of Jerusalem on suspicion of “insulting a religion” were released from remand a short time ago. They had left a Tu B’Shevat tisch hosted by Rav Yitzhak Meir Morgenstern at King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion. As they passed through the Armenian Quarter they were arrested by the police on suspicion that they had earlier spit on the ground when a member of the Christian clergy passed them. See here. Honenu reports that during a deliberation which took place today at the Jerusalem Magistrate Court the two arrestees pleaded that they have no connection to the incident. Also the police admitted that they have no documentation of them, despite the fact that the entire area of the Old City is filmed by a network of security cameras 24 hours a day. At the end of the deliberation the two arrestees were released on bail and on condition of a restraining order banning them from entering all of the Old City,with the exception of the Western Wall, for 15 days. The police had demanded a restraining order banning them from entering the Old City for a period of 60 days. Honenu attorney Naftali Wertzberger, who represented the two arrestees, said that the police attempted to inappropriately use the laws of arrest and release in order to create fear among the segment of the public which passes through the Armenian Quarter of the Old City. The court rightfully did not accept the demands of the police and settled on a reduced restraining order.

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