Daily Israel Report

26 Minors Released With Minor Restrictions

Approximately 40 anti-expulsion youths remain in prison, after 26 minors were released today with only minor restrictions. Their goal: to prove that disengagement will shut down the country.
First Publish: 5/23/2005, 1:53 PM / Last Update: 5/23/2005, 4:21 PM

A spokesman for Honenu, a civil rights organization that is providing legal aid for the arrestees, told Arutz-7 today that today's release of the 26 was considered a victory. "The police caved in," he said. "They had refused to be released under severe restrictions, such as four months of house arrest. In the end, the only restrictions are that they may not enter the greater Tel Aviv area until June 15."

Thirteen other youths, including 8 girls, still refuse to identify themselves, in a further effort to confound the police and courts. The Prison Service is considering dispersing them in other prisons in order to pressure them to divulge their names.

The arrestees' goal is to show that an attempt to implement the disengagement will shut down the country.

Over 500 people were arrested after last Monday's mass road-blocking campaign. Organizers expect that many times that number will begin marching towards Gush Katif and northern Shomron, sitting down on the road at police roadblocks, if the order is given to close these areas. The special new Disengagement Wing at the Maasiyahu Prison in Ramle has room for 900 prisoners.

Among the 80,000 students taking their high school English matriculation exams today were 11 road-blocking students in Maasiyahu Prison. Their demand to be tested in jail was immediately accepted by the Prison Service, which often affords other prisoners the chance to study and be tested. The demand was originally turned down by Education Ministry officials, however.

Yesterday, Education Minister Limor Livnat gave in, saying that only students who agreed to identify themselves could be tested. All the students who asked to be tested identified themselves several days ago.