Settler banned from West Bank for 6 months

The army on Friday issued a six-month administrative restraining order banning Elisha Yered – one of two Israelis suspected in the shooting death of a Palestinian in the West Bank last month – from entering the West Bank.

The head of the IDF Central Command, General Yehuda Fox, explained that “security considerations demanded it and it was necessary” to guarantee security in the West Bank.

Under the terms of the order, Yered will not be able to travel to the West Bank, even to his home, located in the illegal outpost of Ramat Migron. He is also prohibited from contacting far-right activists, including Yehuda Lieber, Rabbi Menachem Ben Shahar, Amitzur Ben Yosef, Oz Yehuda Rom or Ariel Danino.

Yered is suspected, like Yehiel Indore, of the death of Qusai Jamal Matan, 19, during clashes between Israeli and Palestinian settler residents in the north of the West Bank, near Burqa, on August 4.

Yered, who until very recently was the spokesperson for far-right coalition MP Limor Son Har-Melech, was placed under house arrest a few days after the events, the court having ruled that the police did not did not have enough evidence to keep him in detention.

The Honenu legal aid organization, which represents Yered, said the administrative orders were “scandalous” and denounced the measures as “hateful and full of frenzy.”

“We will continue to defend Elisha Yered and more generally all those who are persecuted, even if it means exhausting all legal avenues at our disposal so that justice prevails,” declared the organization.

Son Har-Melech said in a statement that the military order was an example of “persecution” against settler residents and an attempt by the IDF to distract from its failure in the fight against terrorism.

“I call on the members of the coalition, and in particular Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, to immediately take steps to revoke this administrative decision,” she added.

In a similar statement, Ben Shachar, a yeshiva teacher at the illegal West Bank outpost of Homesh, said the army was trying to “crush, through dictatorial means, our opposition to a system of failing security.”

“This is clearly an attempt to silence us, in a manner worthy of the most obscure regimes. Our opposition is legitimate, strong in the voices of those protesting deadly violence,” he said, claiming Fox was trying to distract from its failure to stamp out terrorism by silencing its critics. .

Told of what was to come earlier this month, Yered called it “revenge.”

“The vindictiveness of the Shin Bet and the head of the IDF central command, following the failure of this affair, completely fabricated and blown up, has reached new heights,” Yered said.

“Severely criticized by all the courts, which ruled that the accusations against me were unfounded, the central command and the Shin Bet decided to take revenge,” he added.

Yered promised that this “unfair decree” would in no way prevent him from acting in favor of the settlements or in the media.

“The more you break us with harsh methods, the more active we are. No order or harassment of any kind will prevent us from acting,” he assured.

The affair attracted the attention of the foreign press, mainly because of the career of Yered, former spokesperson for Son Har-Melech.

Sources close to the case believe that Indore killed Matan. Yered is for his part suspected of having taken part, in one way or another, in the incident and of having hindered the investigation by hiding the weapon that had been used at his home.

Indore was seriously injured at the time, apparently by a stone thrown in the face by a Palestinian. He spent part of his detention hospitalized before being referred to a prison administration medical establishment.

During hearings to rule on his pretrial detention, police officials rejected Indore’s claim of self-defense, saying the incident “did not begin with Indore’s injury and the Palestinian’s death.” . It had started a few hours earlier and then ended.”

According to the police, when the altercation between Palestinians and settler residents began, the latter did not alert the police and request reinforcement from other settler residents. It was apparently only after the shooting that settlers called the regional security headquarters.

Although the police have eliminated the racial motivation from the facts alleged in Indore, they still suspect him of having killed Matan, through intent or indifference, of having taken part in a riot, of conspiring to commit a crime and of obstructing justice.

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