The Jerusalem Magistrates Court extended, Thursday, the remand of six people arrested Wednesday evening for their involvement in a break-in and disturbance at the headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces' Ephraim Division headquarters in Shomron (Samaria). The five adults will be in custody until Tuesday while the juvenile will be held until Monday. The court said their apartment, in the capital's Kiryat Moshe neighborhood, served as a "war room" where instructions for various incidents were given and information was relayed regarding the movement of troops and police involved in demolitions of Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria.
Defense attorneys from the Honenu legal-aid organization decried the ruling as worse than what took place during the darkest days of the Soviet Union, noting that the detainees had no direct participation in the disturbance, only the organization of demonstrations and protests. The attorneys added, "We are on a slippery slope of continuing harm by the authorities to freedom of expression."