'They feel like heroes for going after Jews'

Family of 15-year-old Yitzhar teen sets up protest tent in Jerusalem.

Reut Hadar,

Rabbi Eliyahu with the family members
Rabbi Eliyahu with the family members

After spending last Shabbat in a tent in Ramat Gan, the family of a Yitzhar minor went to Jerusalem on Monday and set up a tent near the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva.

Local residents and rabbis visited the family to offer encouragement and voice protest against the restraining order against their 15-year-old son.

The guests included Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, who spoke about an unsuccessful initiative by terror victims' families demanding administrative orders against terrorists' families. He pointed out that, while the government refuses to use such detention orders against Arab terrorists, it has no problem serving them to Jews.

"The families of victims murdered in terror attacks over the past year asked the Prime Minister to use administrative orders against terrorists' families," Rabbi Eliyahu told the minor's relatives. "They said that it's illegal and disproportionate and unreasonable and immoral, but the same people feel like big heroes when they go after Jews. It's all backwards.

"The sages said that one must be firm towards his enemies and merciful towards his own people, and not the opposite. We call on the Israeli government to be forceful against our enemies rather than against our brothers and not to accuse them in administrative orders without any trial or proof."

Rabbi Eliyahu added that "We support you very very much."

Rabbi Yosef Badihi, the long-term assistant to Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook, also visited. He offered warm words for the family and said that "Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook was 'the first Hilltop Youth,' when he participated in going up to Hawara in Shomron at the age of 84."

Sometime in the next few hours, a Petah Tikvah court is expected to release its decision on the youth's conditions. Hai Bar, of the legal defense organization Honenu, claims that the restraining order is outrageous and illegal, and so the police demands must be immediately rejected.