Tzvi Sukkot
Tzvi Sukkot Israel news photo: Hakol Hayehudi

Tzvi Sukkot, one of twelve residents of Shomron (Samaria) who received restraining orders on Thursday morning, condemned the actions of Central Command and called on the government to stop harassing youth in Judea and Samaria.

Sukkot made the comments to the Israeli website Hakol Hayehudi.

“An administrative order is an instrument used by a dictatorship,” Sukkkot said. Today, charges were laid against former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and former Jerusalem mayor Uri Lupolianski. No one would ever think that if there is no evidence against them they would be taken in for an administrative detention.”

He said that “the same people who hand out restraining orders arrest people on charges of espionage, threaten with administrative detention and things like that should not be surprised afterwards when the quality youth of Judea and Samaria go out and throw stones at soldiers.”

Sukkot said that the youth “has felt trampled and run over by its own people” for the last five year.

“They were expelled them from Gush Katif, they were beaten up in Amona, and they see the public being trampled,” he said. “And then, instead of the government doing some soul-searching with itself and understanding where the actions of these young people come from, the government goes and only aggravates the public’s feeling.”

The twelve residents have until Saturday night to remain in Judea and Samaria, at which point the restraining orders will go into effect and they will be forced to leave the area. They will not be allowed to return to their homes for a period of six months.