The Southern District Police secured a court order on Monday requiring media
outlets to hand over photographs and videos that they shot at the protest
against the Prawer Plan in and around the village of Hura on
Doron Ben-Hamo, the Southern District Police spokesman, said
that they requested the court order because the assailants threw rocks and
Molotov cocktails at officers from all angles, in all types of places that the
police were not able to photograph or video.
He said that they hope the
material will help them in their court cases against those arrested on
The Israel Journalists Association condemned the court order,
saying in a statement that “this request goes against all ethical conventions in
Israel, to the ethical boundaries of the journalists council and to past court
“We strongly condemn this attempt to use journalists as an
investigatory tool and view it as a serious blow to the public trust in the
They said that they would be joining the media outlets who had
appealed the court’s decision.
An official from the Foreign Press
Association said they have not received the court order and that at the moment
their position is that the decision has nothing to do with them.
Saturday evening, police said they had arrested 28 people for rioting during the
protest, and that 15 officers had been hurt in the south and at a protest in
Haifa, including Coastal District Commander Haggai Dotan.
On Monday, the
Beersheba Magistrate’s Court presented indictments against four adults on
charges including: assaulting police, disturbing the peace and harming animals
and a vehicle.
MK Nachman Shai (Labor), the former IDF Spokesperson, on
Monday, called the police request “a deep blow to the press and its
“Once again the police have failed in their understanding of
democracy and their adherence to the values of an enlightened
In Haifa, the District Court rejected the police appeal against
the lower court decision, and ordered the release of all of the protesters
arrested in the "Day of Rage" protests on Saturday.
Three protesters were
released to house arrest for six days, 12 protesters were released for three
days house arrest, and four others were released without house
Suhad Bishara, from the Adalah human rights organization and one
of the lawyers representing the Haifa group of protesters, said Monday that the
court's decision showed that the arrest of the protesters was arbitrary and its
sole purpose was to "cause fear and stifle the protest movement against the
Prawer Plan." Yasser Okbi contributed to this report.
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