Youth detained on Temple Mount

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 21:17 A Jewish youth was detained on the morning of Sunday, December 21 on the Temple Mount and will remain in remand overnight despite the fact that the police announced their intent to request his release in court the following day. He was detained on suspicion of disturbing public order, according to him after Arabs started to curse him and other Jews who were with him. During his stay at the police station he was allowed to keep his backpack with him, however because he had a five cm. long knife he was interrogated for not only suspicion of disturbing public order but also possessing a knife. The youth explained that he had arrived in Jerusalem from northern Israel with food for his stay in the city, including fruit, and the small knife was intended for peeling oranges. The police investigators informed Honenu attorney Rehavia Piltz that they decided to leave the youth in remand overnight despite their intention to request his conditional release in court the following morning. Piltz said in response, “It is unfortunate that the police fight Jews going onto the Temple Mount instead of detaining the Arabs who attack them.”

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