Daily Israel Report

Restraining Orders Issued Against Yitzhar Residents

Police hand out restraining orders against residents of Yitzhar. Shomron Council Head Mesika: "This is draconian and anti-democratic."
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/2/2011, 6:15 AM

Raid in Yitzhar
Raid in Yitzhar
HaKol HaYehudi

Police handed out administrative restraining orders early Tuesday morning against some residents of the Shomron (Samaria) Jewish community of Yitzhar. The orders were signed by Central Command Chief Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrahi.

Mizrahi has had a long running vendetta against Yitzhar, and several weeks ago called to close its yeshiva.

Mizrahi made the comments in an interview on Channel 2 News, saying that some of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria have “centers out of which terrorist elements come,” and adding that “the yeshiva in Yitzhar has several people whose norms are not consistent with democracy and this yeshiva should be closed.”

Shomron Regional Council Head Gershon Mesika responded angrily to the restraining orders, calling the move “an attempt to take the housing protest off the agenda.”

“This attempt will not work,” said Mesika. “Restraining orders are a draconian and anti-democratic step which relies on the rules of the British Mandate. This move is a blatant discrimination against citizens who live in Judea and Samaria.”

Mesika added, “We did not even see restraining orders being given to the heads of the crime families. If any citizen [in Judea and Samaria] is thought to be a criminal, he must be tried as any other citizen would be.”

Several months ago, the community of Yitzhar was raided by dozens of Border Guards and Yassam police special forces. The raid took place in the middle of the night.

Previously, police raided a yeshiva in Yitzhar in the middle of the night, and after they could not find anything illegal, they 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.