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A right-wing activist group on Thursday accused police of “roughing up” one of its members as he was detained outside the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court where proceedings were under way for suspects of a deadly arson attack on a Palestinian home in the West Bank village of Duma in July.
The group called Honeinu said one of its activists, Yitzhak Hazot, was taken into custody as he sought to enter the court to observe or assist with the legal proceedings.
Honeinu said Hazot was not a part of a protest against the proceedings that was held across the street from the court, and that he was merely trying to enter the building.
A video distributed by the group showed him being shoved several times by police who tried to push him away from the court and then arrested.
A police spokesman contradicted Honeinu’s version of events, saying Hazot was held along with two other people after protesters illegally blocked the road, violating restrictions on where they were allowed to protest.
Honeinu has been loudly protesting the Shin Bet arrests of right-wing activists suspected to be linked to the Duma attack.
The group claims all those being held are innocent, that the security agency is abusing their rights and denying them regular access to legal counsel.
The state has been under massive pressure since the attack that killed three members of the Dawabsha Palestinian family, including parents and a toddler, and injured another child.