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  11/6/2003, Cheshvan 11, 5764

Despite Terror Alert Large Police Presence at Federman Bat Mitzvah


(IsraelNN.com) At a time that Israel Police manpower is focused on terror threats, authorities opted to allocate a substantial police contingent to monitor the bat mitzvah party of the daughter of Noam Federman that was held in Jerusalem last night.

Noam Federman, who is under administrative detention, was accompanied by 13 policemen to his daughter's party. An additional contingent of special police forces were deployed outside the Jerusalem social hall. The Federmans live in Hevron but the authorities decided Noam Federman would only be permitted to attend the family celebration if it took place in Jerusalem.

It should be noted that the Israeli authorities have lost almost every case out of the many cases they have filed against Federman. Under administrative detention Federman is not permitted to know how the authorities justify his detention to the court, thus stripping him of the ability to challenge the charges.

The purpose of the large police presence at the bat mitzvah remains unclear. Federman is not considered a flight risk and access to the bat mitzvah party was limited to his daughter's friends and family, thus limiting the need to protect Federman from a possible attack.

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis) http://www.imra.org.il