Yeshiva Student Detained on the Way to a Wedding

Police arrest a student of the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in Yitzhar while he is on a bus on his way to a friend's wedding.

Elad Benari,

Flash 90

Police harassment of residents of Judea and Samaria continues, and this time a yeshiva student was arrested as he made his way to a friend's wedding.

The Honenu legal aid group told Arutz Sheva that the student, who studies at the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in Yitzhar, was arrested on Sunday as he was travelling on a bus on his way to the wedding.

The organization said the student was removed from the bus by the officers. The student is one of several residents of Yitzhar who were issued restraining orders last August without the police providing reasons for the action.

The student, Y, received a phone call from police last week and was summoned for questioning, Honenu said. Y, who is currently lives in Jerusalem because of the restraining order he received, told investigators that the request came on short notice and exercised his right to ask for the questioning to be postponed.

In response, Honenu told Arutz Sheva, the police told Y that if he does not present himself when asked, “we’ll get you at a time which is most inconvenient for you,” a promise on which they followed up Sunday.

People who were on the bus with Y said they noticed a car following the bus already when it left Jerusalem. The car subsequently blocked the bus and police detectives got on the bus, located Y and took him away.

Police have had a history of harassing Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria, and in particular residents of Yitzhar.

Akiva Hacohen, a Yitzhar resident, was recently accused by police of espionage, because he warned Jews residing in communities in Judea and Samaria of impending demolitions of homes. The government later withdrew charges that Hacohen and four other detainees were spies.

Hacohen has been under house arrest under cruel terms for the past two months, as his wife recently told Arutz Sheva.

Police recently arrested a resident of Yitzhar for the “crime” of being a resident of Yitzhar.