The Central District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday filed an indictment in the
Kfar Saba Magistrate’s Court against settler Boaz Albert and two others for
attacking a bus of female Palestinian students at Tapuah junction.
attack the bus while the students were on a field trip on April 30, as a “price
tag” retaliation for the murder of Evyatar Borovsky
, according to the
indictment. A Palestinian had stabbed Borovsky to death at the junction earlier
A paraphrase of the indictment, received late on Wednesday
night, charges the three with intentionally destroying property and attempted
attack of the students based on racist motivations, with an additional charge
against Albert for disrupting police work.
The three started with
throwing rocks at the bus, Albert stopped the bus by lying down in the road and
had to be forcibly removed by police, and at least one of the defendants climbed
into the bus and harassed students, the paraphrase stated.
the police, “Don’t arrest me, arrest the Arabs,” it said.
only provided the paraphrase upon special request and would not provide the full
indictment until the two still unnamed defendants have been served with the
Albert’s attorney Adi Kedar said he had yet to review the
material for the indictment, but that his client had been part of a protest held
at the Tapuah junction, and to the best of his knowledge had not been involved
in the attack.
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
The father of five was arrested on August 15 for violating
such a restraining order. An observer filmed his arrest and showed police using
a Taser against Albert as he lay on the floor of the kitchen in his home in the
Yitzhar settlement, near Nablus.
The video, which showed officers
dragging a non-resisting Albert out of his home, was widely
Once freed from jail, Albert returned home and insisted that
he had no intention of respecting the restraining order. Right-wing politicians,
particularly from Bayit Yehudi, threw their support behind him and visited him
in his home, including MKs Orit Struck and Mordechai Yogev.
preparation for another arrest, Albert prepared a homemade form of leg irons in
his living room. On September 24, police arrived while some 50 supporters were
visiting him, including a group of Americans.
Albert, who had some
advance warning of the police arrival, locked himself in the leg irons, forcing
police to saw him loose. They once again dragged him through his home to arrest
him, while observers filmed them.
Albert is still under arrest from that