Mothers Held, Infiltrators Freed

Police nabbed two women and their babies for handing out flyers against their husbands’ expulsions. Elsewhere, the IDF freed 2 Arab infiltrators.

Tags: Yitzhar
Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu , | updated: 8:09 AM

Yitzhar mother and children at police station
Yitzhar mother and children at police station
Israel news photo: Honenu

On Monday evening, police arrested two women, along with their young children and babies, for handing out flyers protesting the expulsions of their husbands from the community of Yitzhar and from all of Judea and Samaria. In a separate incident, the IDF freed two Arabs who infiltrated into a Jewish community.

The police arrived at Kefar Adumim, between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, and arrested Naomi Ofen and Ayelet HaCohen and their children, who were on a visit to National Union Knesset Member Uri Ariel, a resident of the community.

The informational material they were handing out included the headline, "Dad is not a terrorist,” referring to their husbands who have been banished from their Yitzhar homes several times because of “fears they would be involved with forbidden activities.”

No charges have been placed against the two men. The flyers distributed by their wives also charged that “Aleph,” the head of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) department that is responsible for preventing security violations by Jews, is behind alleged harassment of their husbands.

Neria Ofen, whose seven children include a two-month-old baby, has been expelled seven times, and Akiva HaCohen, father of four, one of them a one-month-old baby, has been expelled five times.

The mothers were detained by police along with their children.

In Samaria, the IDF released two Arabs, around the age of 17, who were caught by a Jewish community security officer after they had infiltrated into the town of Neria. The community’s security officer Aharon Meltar told Arutz 7 he jumped on the two and knocked them down after they did not identify themselves.

“I heard noise from some bushes and saw two figures who did not appear to be Arabs,” he said. “I asked them who they and what they were doing. When they did not answer, I approached and saw one of them with his hand on his hip. Fearing he was about to pull out a gun, I jumped on them.”

Meltar called for reinforcements, who guarded the youth until the army arrived. After determining they were not carrying any arms or ammunition and after none were found in the area, the soldiers freed the infiltrators.

“There is no doubt that they arrived from a neighboring Arab village,” Meltar said. “They should have been arrested and investigated to find out if someting more is planned.”