(IsraelNN.com) A Be'er Sheva judge has ruled that Rabbi Moshe Levinger be confined to the area of his Hevron residence until his pending trial is completed. The court also demanded early Monday afternoon that he post cash bail of 10,000 shekels ($2,200) and guarantees for an additional 100,000 shekels ($22,200). Rabbi Levinger also was prohibited from participating in illegal gatherings.
He has been charged with blocking traffic as part of last month's "dry-run" civil-disobedience protest against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to remove the Jews from the Gaza Strip and the Jenin area. Rabbi Levinger, the founder of the rejuvenated Hevron Jewish community, said after his arrest that if he goes to jail he "will be happy" because he still will be in the Land of Israel and because he was protesting against "the awful thing that the prime minister wishes to do."