Detained Activists Being Held 'Like Animals'
Thirty five people kept in a fenced pen for six hours with no water or toilet access.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/3/2011, 12:35 PM / Last Update: 5/3/2011, 12:38 PM
Zionist-faithful activists arrested at Joseph's Tomb overnight are being held in illegal and shameful conditions at the Ariel police station, according to Attorney Yehudah Shimon of the Honenu organization.
Atty. Shimon told Arutz Sheva's Hebrew-language service that the 35 detainees were detained and taken to the Ariel police station, where they were divided into two groups of ten and 25. The larger group is being held in harsh conditions.
"The detainees have been kept in a lockup pen outside the station, in the sun, from about 5:00 A.M. The police have not spoken with them and did not take their personal details or IDs, he noted.
Legally, he explained, detainees can only be held for three hours, and in special cases, that time period can be extended to 6 hours. The legal authority of the police to detain the activists thus expired art about 11:00 A.M.
He added that it was only at a few minutes to 11:00 that the detainees were allowed to go to the toilets and to drink water. "They look like they are in a cage for animals, surrounded by barbed wire fences, it's shocking," he related.
Other detainees are inside the station, and are being interrogated.