'Yitzhar injunctions are tools forbidden in a democracy'

After 12 Yitzhar residents banned from West Bank, Yesha Council chair Dayan says decrees cannot replace democratic due process.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 2, 2011 13:47
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Yesha Council chairman Dani Dayan

Dani Dayan 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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Administrative decrees banning 12 Yitzhar activists suspected of violence against Palestinians are not an alternative to the collection of evidence and the execution of due process in proving their guilt, Yesha Council chairman Danny Dayan said on Tuesday.  He called the decrees "tools that are forbidden in democratic societies."

The decrees banned six people from a number of West Bank settlements, while three were banned from the West Bank in general. Three more were banned from Yitzhar.

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The activists are suspected of carrying out arson attacks on a number of mosques, cars, and buildings owned by Palestinians, "causing real danger to human lives and disturbing public order," police said.

"The bans were issued following intelligence gathered recently by the Shin Bet regarding a group of extremist activists who live in the Yitzhar area, and who have been involved in leading and carrying out violent, widespread, secret actions in the West Bank against Palestinians," a police statement said.

The activists are suspected of carrying out arson attacks on a number of mosques, cars, and buildings owned by Palestinians, "causing real danger to human lives and disturbing public order," police said.

One person has also been detained on suspicion of insulting a public servant.

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