Justice in Hevron: Mother of 11 Kept Away from Home, and More

A mother of 11, and several teen-agers, have been ordered to be kept under house arrest indefinitely - until the evacuation of a Hevron neighborhood is completed. <BR><br/>

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Hillel Fendel, | updated: 13:42

The mother of 11, Chana (Deli) Landau of Hevron, was arrested last week in Kiryat Arba when she did not stop to show her ID card to policemen. She had been on her way to Hevron, which the army had declared a closed military zone. The police then accused her of trying to run them over. She was imprisoned overnight with her baby, and the two of them were then transferred to house arrest at her parents' home in Jerusalem.

Today, Justice Eilatah Ziskind of the Jerusalem Magistrates Court ruled that she must remain under house arrest with her parents - until the army completes its eviction of 11 Jewish families from a Hevron neighborhood. Mrs. Landau said she will appeal the decision to a higher court this Thursday.

No date has yet been set for the eviction from Hevron, and the residents are considering an appeal to the Supreme Court. Contrary to popular perception, the Court did not order the 11 families thrown out of the Jewish-owned land. The Court was merely informed, in response to a suit by Arabs, that the Defense Ministry planned to carry out the eviction.

Spokesmen for the Hevron Jewish Community say that no one in authority is anxious to carry out the eviction, except for Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is in the midst of an election campaign.

"The problem is Olmert," spokesman David Wilder said. "Everyone else, from Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz and on down, would like to see a simple solution, such as renting us the property and allowing the Jews to stay. But Olmert is turning it into a political issue. It would be better if he would deal with terrorists, but that doesn't seem to be his priority."

In other Hevron news, the police were finally able to apprehend, yesterday, a long-wanted fugitive from justice - the 14-year-old daughter of a long-time Hevron family. The girl has been wanted in connection with an egg-throwing incident of about a year ago, yet the police have not been able to find her - despite several early-morning violent searches of the family home. Wilder said, "A half year ago, someone threw eggs at Arabs and did not hit anyone, and she was seen shortly afterwards coming down the stairs, so they issued a warrant for her arrest."

This afternoon, she was released from prison. Her father, David Shir-el, told Arutz-7, "The police claimed that they were looking for her for six months, when in fact they only began a month ago - and then they came five times! They came at 6 AM and turned over drawers, closets, and more - all merely to humiliate us. My children put up signs all over the house with arrows saying, 'Maybe she is here.' Now, because of that, a policeman told me privately that they are considering putting me on trial for interfering with police work..."

The police demanded that that the girl be remanded for five weeks, until her trial begins. "The police ignored my guarantee to be responsible that she shows up for the trial," Shir-el said, "but luckily the judge didn't. The police then demanded that we pay a deposit, but I refused, and thank G-d, they gave in on that as well."

At least two other teen-agers have been distanced from their homes because of their recent actions in Hevron. A teen-aged girl from a Jewish town south of Hevron is not allowed to return home until after the eviction from Hevron because of an accusation that she threw an egg at a soldier. Similarly, a 15-year-old boy from Hevron is now distanced from his hometown for the next two months - "all because he was wearing the same jacket as one of the stocking-clad youths seen in a picture of the events of last week," Wilder said.

In other judicial news, the verdict in the Daniel Pinner case is to be handed down this coming Sunday, at the Be'er Sheva District Court. Pinner has been imprisoned for over seven months on charges that he shot one of a mob of Arabs who began throwing rocks at him. "My client admits that he fired," Atty. Baruch Ben-Yosef recently summed up the case, "but not at the Arab in question - and there is no proof that it was his bullet that hit him."





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