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Yitzhar resident detained over sign


The sign; Photo credit: Free use


See here for a list of posts connected to the Ahuvia Sandak case. Thursday, January 14, 2021, 13:30 Four months after putting up a sign warning that entrance to the community is dangerous to Arabs, a Yitzhar resident was detained. The sign was worded in the same manner as signs placed at the entrance to Arab towns and cities informing potential visitors that entry to Israeli citizens is forbidden and the resident left it up for less than two hours. The resident had returned from a demonstration protesting the death of Ahuvia Sandak, z”l, and was blocked by an unmarked police car. After a humiliating clothed body search in the middle of the street, in view of passers-by, he was taken to the Ariel Police Station for interrogation. He was unconditionally released late at night. The Yitzhar resident: “It is crazy that the State of Israel acts with such determination against a lone sign placed at the entrance to a Jewish community when on hundreds of roads and at the entrance to hundreds of Arab towns in Yehuda and Shomron, the State places signs with exactly the same wording, forbidding Jewish travel in the place. “This reality, that a Jew in his Land is prevented from traveling on many roads in Yehuda and Shomron, is a crazy reality – as if in the exile – that a sovereign state should not allow within its borders.” Honenu Attorney Nati Rom: “Detaining someone four months after the fact for something that is within the limits of freedom of expression – it doesn’t matter whether one likes it or not – shows the desperation of the Central Unit of the Yehuda and Shomron Police and how they pursue the residents. The sign was taken down four months ago, an hour and a half after it was put up. It seems that there was a desire here to harass someone for participating in a demonstration protesting the death of Ahuvia, z”l, and for being his friend.”

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