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Yitzhar Father Remanded, Lawyer Protests 'Show Trial'

Mother and father of a youth suspected of Price Tag vandalism were arrested on suspicion that he'd used their car.
By Hezki Ezra, Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/4/2014, 6:57 PM

Itamar Ben-Gvir with Yitzhar residents
Itamar Ben-Gvir with Yitzhar residents
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Magistrates' Court Judge Avital Chen extended on Sunday the remand of a man from the Samaria community of Yitzhar, by three additional days. He was arrested last Wednesday together with his wife, on the suspicion that their son had used their car to drive into the Arab city of Umm el-Fahm, to carry out an act of nationalistic vandalism.

The mother of the youth was released on Friday. Denied access to an attorney for 24 hours, the woman told a representative of the Honenu legal aid organization of harsh and disrespectful treatment by investigators in an apparent attempt to force a confession.

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir of the Honenu organization said that the remand “is solely the result of public pressure by politicians, the same politicians who remain silent when synagogues are burned in Lod, and Jews' graves are desecrated on the Mount of Olives. They are the ones who are currently pressuring the police to carry out false arrests.

"The police know, as well, that my client was not at the event in Umm el-Fahm. He has given a complete and detailed version of events which was confirmed. This is, in effect, just a show arrest, and PR for the police.”