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  2/9/2012, Shevat 16, 5772

A Day in Jail on Suspicion of Insulting a Christian


Two yeshiva students who were arrested, Wednesday evening in Jerusalem's Old City on suspicion of "insulting a religion" were released from custody Thursday evening. The two left a Tu B'Shvat observance at the Tomb of King David, just outside the Old City's walls and were walking through the Armenian Quarter when they were detained by police on suspicion of having spit on the ground when a Christian clergyman passed them.

The Honenu legal-aid organization reports that, during a hearing in the Jerusalem Magistrates Court, the two denied any connection to the spitting incident. In addition, the police admitted not having any documentation of the two, in spite of the number of security cameras posted in the area. At the end of the hearing, the students were banished from the Old City for 15 days, except for the Western Wall area. The police had sought a 60-day exile.