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      A Story of ‘Brutally Kind’ Police

      Police throw expelled children into the dead of a freezing night – and arrest a father for “neglect” because his children visit an outpost.
      By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
      First Publish: 1/18/2012, 11:19 AM

      Eviction of Mitzpe Avichai
      Eviction of Mitzpe Avichai
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      Black-clad “Yassam” police arrested a father in Samaria at dawn Wednesday for “neglecting” his children by taking them to visit an outpost two weeks ago – days before Yassam police threw women and small children, including babies, out of their homes in the middle of the freezing night.

      The suspect is a teacher who lives in Yitzhar, in northern Samaria, and he was taken into custody on charges that he neglected his children when taking them two weeks ago to visit the Ramat Migron outpost, which has been demolished several times by police.

      Last week, police barged into the home at the Mitzpeh Avichai outpost in Judea before dawn, expelled the family and left women and children in the freezing cold and without their possessions. Four men also were arrested at the destroyed outpost.

      The welfare agencies, who criticized nationalists for taking their children to protest in the hot summer in 2005 to protest against the expulsion of Gush Katif residents, have not made any statements concerning similar police expulsions of small children.

      "The police again are acting like ugly bullies and masking as acting according to the law,” said Yitzhar spokesman Avraham Binyamin.

      “The same police, who threw out women and children in the freezing cold in the middle of the night, dare to make it appear they are being kind to children by arrested a teacher and his children,.” he added. “I suggest the police arrest the parents of thousands of children from ‘good homes’ who drink alcohol and take drugs.”