The Ministry of Justice contended on Tuesday that Border Police acted
legally when using a Taser gun during the controversial arrest of West
Bank settler Boaz Albert in August, as the ministry deemed he had
Albert was arrested on August 15 for
violating an administrative restraining order mandating that the
father-of-six stay away from Judea and Samaria, even though he lived in
the West Bank Yitzhar settlement.
Albert made headlines in
August, when he became the face of a public-relations campaign against
the IDF practice of issuing restraining orders banning certain settlers
from the West Bank and against the police use of Taser guns.
Further controversy ensued when a video emerged showing officers dragging a non-resisting Albert out of his home.
The ministry stated that in some circumstances, the police are allowed to taser someone who is passively lying on the ground to resist arrest.
Although, according to the ministry, the video had been tampered with and the footage had therefore been portrayed out of context. The ministry added that images had been omitted from the video of settlers throwing rocks at police in retaliation.