Daily Israel Report

Police Raid Yeshiva in Middle of Night

Police raided a yeshiva and learned they could not find anything illegal or criminal. They went outside and started handing out traffic tickets.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 11/17/2010, 8:31 AM / Last Update: 11/17/2010, 8:47 AM

Arutz 7

Police raided a yeshiva in Samaria in the middle of the night but not to study Torah. Instead, they learned they could not find anything illegal or criminal -- so they went outside and started handing out traffic tickets.

Dozens of police officers raided the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in the community of Yitzhar around 2 a.m. and ransacked personal belongings in rooms of the yeshiva students in search for incriminating evidence.

After leaving empty handed, they spotted two Yitzhar residents who arrived at the scene and detained them for interrogation, denying them the right to meet with a lawyer.

The police then took to the streets and started handing out traffic violations, a tactic that has been used in the past in several Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria to harass residents.

In a separate “price tag” incident, police and soldiers destroyed a small family dairy farm in central Samaria. Residents of the Achiya community helped the Rosenfeld family rebuild the farm by nightfall. Damage to the farm and dairy equipment was estimated at several thousand dollars. Residents said the police are taking revenge for disturbances allegedly initiated by Jews.

Suzie Dym, of the grassroots Mattot Arim (Cities for Israel) organization, pointed out that the government continues a policy of discrimination against Jews while not acting against illegal Arab activities, including the construction of tens of thousands of buildings without permits and without passing building inspections.

The High Court previously has asked the government and police to explain the policy, which has continued.

"We are residents of cities and not of small communities in Judea and Samaria, but just as concerned Americans stood by blacks because of discrimination against them, we stand up for the rights of Jews in Judea and Samaria,” said Dym.