Friday, November 16, 2007

Jewish Mother of 11 in prison with one-year old


Believe me, if this was an arab mother, it would be on the front page of every newspaper in Israel and the US, but because it is a Jewish mother, the story appears only at A7.


Six Arrests, One Injury in Latest Outpost Evictions
by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

( Six right-wing activists were arrested on Thursday during the eviction of Jews from the new community of Harchivi, adjacent to Elon Moreh in Samaria.
She was taken into police custody, along with her one-year-old daughter.
Police officers were accused of employing undue violence, while some of the detainees were accused of violence against officers.

Among those arrested was a mother of 11 children who lives in Harchivi. She was taken into police custody, along with her one-year-old daughter, after she refused to sign an order that would prohibit her from returning to her home. She and her daughter are now being held in the Neveh Tirza women's prison. Land of Israel activists have asked non-governmental human rights groups to intervene immediately in order to free the Harchivi resident and her child.

Police and Border Patrol officers were deployed Thursday afternoon to carry out the eviction of the residents of Harchivi. Several right-wing activists who joined the evicted families clashed with security forces, leading to one of the protesters suffering a light injury that was treated at the scene.

According to Land of Israel activists who were at Harchivi, one of the policemen attempted to hit Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, the chief rabbi of Elon Moreh. When a student intervened, he was beaten and arrested.

Activists also accused police of attempting to arrest a woman in her sixth month of pregnancy who had not been involved in the events surrounding the Harchivi eviction. When the woman refused to be arrested, saying she had done nothing wrong, police allegedly dragged her along the ground. The woman was also taken into custody by male officers, contrary to police instructions that women must be arrested by female officers in such situations.

Knesset Member Uri Ariel (National Union) criticized police for allegedly using violence while expelling Jewish families from their homes in Harchivi. Despite police investigations and new procedures, he said, "the police demonstrate unrestrained violence over and over. The police should not be surprised that their public image is so low."

Harchivi is one of five new outposts that were established in Judea and Samaria during the intermediate days of the holiday of Sukkot, in September of this year. After being expelled shortly after establishing Harchivi, Land of Israel activists pledged to return to the area as soon as the police and soldiers leave. Similar perseverance has paid off at the site of the destroyed community of Homesh, where people have been present for more than two months despite constant forced evacuations by security forces.

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