2 Yitzhar men banned from Judea and Samaria district ahead of olive harvest

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Two Yitzhar residents were given restraining orders on Monday banning them from the Judea and Samaria district ahead of the olive harvest, which begins this Thursday. The two, Ariel Gruner and Akiva Hacohen, are banned from the territory for the next six months. The order was based on intelligence indicting that the two were likely to cause disturbances during the Palestinian harvest. In response to the orders, the Shomron Liaison Office released a statement decrying the "use of draconian non-democratic punishment methods." "These two men are respected members of our community, and are providers and protectors of their families," said Shomron Liaison Office Director David Ha'ivri. "The forced banishment from their homes and places of business causes unfair damage to their income and disrupts their families' well-being. As in previous cases, we appeal to the sense of justice: if there is credible evidence of any wrongdoing, let a trial take place." Ha'ivri added that "extrajudicial moves have no place in Israel's legal system," and demanded that the state compensate the two for all expenses, such as loss of livelihood.