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Court Releases Daniella Weiss, Calls Yitzhar Arrest Illegal

Avi Shikartzi was arrested for supposedly firing in the air following a terror stabbing. Daniela Weiss charged and released to house arrest.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 10/3/2008, 1:19 PM

The Magistrates' Court in Kfar Saba Friday ordered the release of Avi Shikartzi, 30, from the small Jewish town of Yitzhar, located 22 miles east of Herzliya. He was arrested Thursday on suspicion that he fired in the air in the village of Asira a-Kabaliya following a terror attack on Yitzhar last month. The judge criticized the police and prosecution and called the man's arrest "illegal." 

In addition, the court released Daniella Weiss of Kedumim and another woman, Shoshana Shilo, to house arrest until Sunday, when the court will decide whether to accept the police's request that they be placed behind bars until the end of legal proceedings against them. Weiss has been a prominent leader of the Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria for decades, and served as mayor Kedumim from 1996 to 2007.

'Touched' a car
Activists accused unnamed leftist elements of an orchestrated attack upon Yesha Jews

Weiss was charged Friday with assaulting a police officer, interfering with legal proceedings and hindering a police officer in the performance of his duty. Police said she harassed and attacked police officers while resisting her own arrest. They also claimed that she "touched" a vehicle which earlier carried three Jews suspected of setting fire to an Arab olive grove at Kadum Thursday.

According to a report in Ynet, police claimed that they were in the process of dusting the car for fingerprints of the suspects and that by touching it repeatedly, Weiss was tampering with evidence. They also claimed that she resisted arrest by lying down under a vehicle and kicking police when they dragged her out from under it. They claim they were using "reasonable force."

Seven other Jews, besides Weiss and Shilo, were arrested after police tore down the outpost of Shvut Ami, near Kedumim. Police forces continued visiting the site of the outpost during the night and prevented youths from re-establishing the point of settlement.

Pro-Land of Israel activists demonstrated outside the courthouse Friday. They accused authorities of an orchestrated attack upon the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria and vowed that this alleged persecution would only make them stronger and more determined.