'Detention of Lehava activists a situation which will explode'

Court orders release of 2 minors arrested in raids on Lehava activists. 'State says leftists doing the same thing is freedom of speech.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

The 2 minors in court
The 2 minors in court

The Jerusalem Magistrate Court rejected the police's appeal and ordered the release of two teens who were arrested in a series of raids against the Lehava anti-assimilation organization. Lehava chairman Benzi Gopstein was among the 15 Lehava activists arrested Sunday morning.

The teenagers, one of whom is only 14 years old, were brought to the magistrate court Sunday night. The court ordered their release for several days. The police requested that the release be delayed so that they could file an appeal against the decision. After spending a night in police custody, the teens were brought to the court and ordered released Monday, and the police appeal was rejected.

In her decision, Judge Rivka Friedman-Feldman determined that because of the young age of the minors and the weakness of the evidence against them, the police appeal would be rejected and the teens released. The two were represented by Attorney David Halevy of the Honenu legal organization and Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir.

Attorney David Halevy, who represents another detainee in the case, said: "From the outset, they (the police) claimed that this was a showcase arrest intended for media propaganda purposes. The police wanted to arrest my client, who is a minor. The Magistrate Court rejected this request. The release of my client, like the release of the others involved, supports the justness of our claims."

"All of these arrests are like a giant balloon which will explode [if they keep filling it," said Itamar Ben-Gvir. "The Israel Police came and arrested two children aged 14 and 16 in the middle of the night, dragged them out of their homes, and interrogated them based on claims which they never investigate when they are made against left-wing activists. I presented to the court a series of decisions by the State Attorney's Office to close the cases of violence by left-wing activists and the basis of their being freedom of speech. It is a pity that the State has chosen to arrest and humiliate these minors.