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The Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court agreed to a police request on Friday to
extend the remand of 14 people arrested during a rally outside the Sharon Prison
on Thursday night.
Police suspect that the eight men and six women
arrested called for more IDF soldiers to be kidnapped and for additional
Palestinian security prisoners to be released during the demonstration outside
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Judge Aviva Talmor ruled to extend the detention of the
suspects – who include 11 Israeli-Arabs and three Jewish Israelis – for another
four days in order to allow police to continue their
According to police, the demonstrators were bused into the
area and began waving Palestinian flags while shouting slogans.
and Border Police asked the demonstrators to disperse, after informing them that
they were holding an illegal rally.
The police’s warrant officer, Yaniv
Hindai, submitted a confidential investigation report to the court and requested
that an additional charge of assaulting police officers be added to one suspect,
Lawyers for the arrested men and women, who include
attorney Orna Cohen, of the Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights, deny
that the demonstrators had called for the abduction of additional IDF
The suspects’ attorneys also claimed that the demonstrators had
only referred to the release of three Arab-Israeli women prisoners in the
Hadarim Prison who had not been included in the Schalit deal.
extending the suspects’ remand, Talmor noted that police had carried out a
“consistent, responsible and professional investigation” and that evidence
submitted had raised a reasonable suspicion that each of the 14 people arrested
were linked to the alleged offenses.Yaakov Lappin contributed to this