Per Thursday's ruling by the Jerusalem Magistrates Court, a woman from the Samarian (Shomron) Jewish community of Yitzhar was released from custody, Friday, following her arrest on Wednesday on suspicion of involvement in a nationalist vandalism incident in the northern Israeli-Arab city of Umm Al-Fahm. Her husband is scheduled to be released on Sunday.
Denied access to an attorney for 24 hours, the woman told a representative of the Honenu legal-aid organization of difficult and disrespectful treatment by investigators in an apparent attempt to force a confession. Honenu attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir responded to the release by saying, "It appears our claims were accurate - the Unit for Nationalist Crime arrested a mother of five, its investigators knowing she's not tied to the arson and her arrest was intended to apply pressure. In a democratic state, they don't arrest citizens just to pressure and scare [them]."