The Zarog family; Photo credit: Avraham Shapira
Sunday, November 17, 2019, 11:17 Neriya Zarog is continuing to fight the administrative distancing order which separates him from his home in Yitzhar, preferring to remain in remand rather than agree to the order. On the morning of Sunday, November 17, Zarog spoke before the Petah Tikva Magistrates Court at a deliberation on his case. Zarog stated that he is incapable of signing on the draconian order and told Judge Erez Melamed: “They are tearing us from the Land because what interests us is not money, not material pleasures, and not honor, but rather the Land of Israel in its simple and genuine form. Apparently there are people who are disturbed by that. “From the moment that I sign on the conditions, as far as I am concerned I have agreed to the administrative order. I want very much to be released. However I cannot sign on something against my conscience.” In response, the court rejected the request by the State of Israel to remand Zarog until the end of proceedings against him and ordered an additional deliberation to be held on his case this coming Thursday (November 21). Zarog could be released from remand at any moment upon signing on an agreement to the administrative distancing order and the additional restrictive conditions set by the Lod District Court. As of this posting, Zarog continues to refuse to sign on the order and demands that it be cancelled. Honenu Attorney Nati Rom, who is representing Zarog: “The court scheduled an additional deliberation for this coming Thursday (November 21), thereby not agreeing to the request by the State to remand Neriya until the end of proceedings. Neriya said at [today’s] deliberation that he is torn, and is unwilling to allow the draconian and undemocratic order to sever him from his home, his work and his children, an act that has no place in a democratic country. We hope that the order will be cancelled soon and Neriya will be able to return to his home.” See here for a complete listing of posts about the case.