Border Police and settlers clash in Beit El.
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The IDF announced late Monday that a 15-year-old rightwing activist who was banned from his parents’ home in the West Bank, is suspected of violence against Palestinians and public disturbances against the IDF.
On May 31, the minor received administrative restraining orders to stay out of Judea and Samaria for six months and to break contact with various other activists from IDF Central Command.
A security source added that there are multiple indictments pending against the minor for actions that harm state security in the West Bank.
Right-wing NGO Honenu put out a statement from the minor’s father saying, “my son has nowhere to go. He lives here, his family lives here... The consequences of expelling a minor from his house are unconscionable. Who will take responsibility? Who will take care of the boy?” Originally, the minor was supposed to live on a temporary basis with his grandparents in Petah Tikva, including under limits from going out at night.
However, Honenu said the intense conditions of being under quasi-house arrest and regular visits by police made it so that the Petah Tikva option could not continue.
According to Honenu this has left the minor nowhere to go, even though minors are supposed to get special protection and are not viewed as being able to take care of themselves entirely without adult supervision.
Although the IDF has been issuing more restraining orders to right-wing activists to stay out of the West Bank in recent years, and especially following last July’s Duma Jewish terrorist attack, it is still rare for them to be issued against minors.
The IDF explained that the restraining orders were issued after it received “classified, concrete and well-grounded information that the minor was involved in recent months in violent actions against Palestinians residents near Yitzhar and participated in disturbances against security forces.”
It added that the minor has also egged on other minors to break the law and take part in activities that endanger state security.
Further, the IDF said the minor had several chances to stay in his parents’ house provided he did not move around to other West Bank areas.
However, when he continued to violate these conditions, the IDF was left no choice but to restrain him from being in the territory entirely.
Prior to that order, the minor was given a hearing with the IDF, where his lawyer represented him.