Right wing politicians over the weekend protested the arrest of settler Boaz
Albert against whom Border Police used a taser gun. They delivered electric
shocks to his chest as he lay on his back in his home surrounded by
Albert was arrested on Thursday night for violating an
administrative restraining order mandating that the father-of-six stay away from
Judea and Samaria, even though he lives in the West Bank Yitzhar
MK Moti Yogev (Bayit Yehudi) wrote a letter of protest on
Saturday night to Defense Minister Moshe Yahalom and Public Security Minister
MK Orit Struck (Bayit Yehudi) on Saturday night
said that such administrative restraining orders must be stopped, because they
are issued without any judicial procedures and without any
In 2007, the Knesset plenum approved a declaration against
administrative restraining orders issued without judicial procedures, Struck
said. It garnered support from many of the parties in the Knesset including
Likud, Kadima, Shas, United Torah Judaism, Yisrael Beitenu, National Union,
Labor and Meretz, Struck said.
But, she said, the Knesset’s declaration
must now be turned into law.
“I call on everyone who cares about human
rights to protest against the arrest of Boaz Albert whose only crime is his
conscientious and justified refusal to obey an administrative detention order
that is anti-democratic and immoral,” she said.
On Friday, two other
Bayit Yehudi MKs, Zevulun Kalfa and Shuli Moalem-Rafaeli, also spoke out against
administrative retraining orders and in support of Albert.
Struck, the IDF issued the order against Albert a few weeks ago.
before his arrest on Thursday night, Albert’s case had generated publicity and
the support of various right wing parliamentarians because it is the second
restraining order issued against him. The first restraining order was issued
against him in 2007, Struck said.
She visited Albert on Thursday evening.
That night after she left, Border Police forced their way into his home to
arrest him. The incident was caught on video and circulated to the media on
In the video his children can be heard crying, and
someone asks that the children be allowed to leave to a neighbor’s
Next in the video there is the sound of someone yelling, “stop,
stop,” and the sound of a taser gun firing.
In the next video shot, two
or three border policemen are seen dragging Albert across the floor. One of them
shoots a taser gun at his chest, as Albert lies on his back.
Police said in response, on Thursday night, that the Judea and Samaria
District’s YASSAM unit tried to arrest Albert when another man appeared and
attempted to prevent the arrest. The decision was made to use force and a taser
was used against him, a spokesman said.
“Boaz Albert did not resist
arrest,” the spokesman added.
On Friday, the Border Police described the
incident as follows: “Last night, officers from the Judea and Samaria District’s
YASSAM unit carried out an arrest of a person violating an administrative
restraining order for the third time. In the video you can see that it has been
edited and is biased, but if we ignore that we can still observe the police
conducting themselves with determination and without the use of violence, in
keeping with regulations.”
A District Court in Lod ordered Albert
released on Friday, but his restraining order still stands.
Forum for the Land of Israel called on the police to investigate what it called
“illegal” and “abusive” use of a taser gun.
Attorney Yitzhak Baum wrote a
letter to the police said that according to the law, the gun could only be used
when a suspect is resisting arrest.
“In this case, the suspect is lying
on the floor and did not resist arrest,” Baum wrote.
Settlers on Saturday
night held a small protest in support of Albert, in the West Bank.