Adnan Geith 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Soldiers from the IDF’s Home Front Command recently issued Silwan resident Adnan
Geith a restraining order that forces him to leave the capital for four months,
The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Geith, 35, was arrested seven times in
two months for clashing with security forces before he received the restraining
order on November 25.
The restraining order is unusual because Geith must
leave the entire city, not just move to another neighborhood as is normally
Also, it was served by the Home Front Command, which does not
usually deal with restraining orders inside Israeli territory.
residents of east Jerusalem are often served with restraining orders by the
police as part of the investigative process that requires them to temporarily
stay away from their home neighborhood.
In the West Bank, restraining
orders served by the IDF are issued against Arabs, and infrequently Jewish
settlers, when they are being investigated about a violent incident.
army is responsible for the restraining orders in the West Bank because it is
the highest authority in the area.
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Despite being located over the
1949-1967 Green Line, Silwan is within Jerusalem’s municipal borders. The Home
Front Command served Geith with the restraining order by invoking Israel’s state
of emergency, which gives the army the ability to issue such orders against any
citizen without due process, or a trial. The law that gives the army this power
dates back to the British Mandate, when the British Army instituted a state of
emergency to deal with violent clashes.
The Knesset votes to extend the
state of emergency every year.
“We are always in a state of emergency,
but we do have a criminal justice system in place,” said Ronit Sela, the
spokeswoman for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
She said this
is the first time ACRI is aware of the military invoking the state of emergency
to serve a restraining order against an Israeli resident.
they’ve never used before, and they are implementing it in order to deal with
something that there are regular means to deal with,” Sela said.
owns a small grocery in Silwan and has four children.
been familiar with Geith for his frequent involvement in clashes in the area. He
is also active in the Silwan protest tent in the Al-Bustan section and served as
the Silwan community representative to Fatah. Two years ago, he was imprisoned
for six months.
“I don’t recognize this order,” he told 20 community
members in Arabic at a press conference late last week. “It’s irrational that
the military can issue this order to deport me while bringing in settlers,” he
Geith told the Post that he had retained the services of a lawyer,
even though he said he has little trust in the Israeli court system. He said he
hoped it would buy him time until Arab countries convince the UN to pressure
Israel to cancel the order.
In response, the IDF Spokesman’s Office said
that “the commander of the Home Front Command is the authorized person,
according to the defense bylaws (emergency) 1945, to issue an order to restrict
a suspect from entering a defined area, should there exist information that the
suspect endangers the public peace, and according to the request of security
“OC Home Front Command was presented with intelligence and
security information tying Mr. Adnan Geith to activities jeopardizing the public
peace in the Jerusalem metropolitan area.”
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