Monday, November 30, 2020

Fw: Honenu reports: Police brutality in Yitzhar

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Injured minor detained in bed, taken for interrogation


Injured minor; Photo courtesy of the family

Sunday, November 29, 2020, 11:39 Early Sunday morning, at approximately 5:00, a minor recovering from a traffic accident in which he was injured the previous week was detained in his bed at home in Yitzhar. He required a complicated operation on his arm, which was set in a cast. The policemen ignored the pleas of his parents, who asked them not to detain him due to his medical condition, which includes intense pain, and woke up the entire household. The minor was taken to the police station, interrogated on suspicion of involvement with an incident that occurred several weeks ago, and released after the interrogation.
At the police station the minor complained about his severe pain, but received no response from the policemen. Honenu Attorney Adi Kedar is assisting the minor: "A detention warrant for a minor is a last resort, to be used after all attempts to summon him in an organized manner have been tried, which was not done in this case. The Israeli Police rushed to issue a detention warrant and carried it out at a very early hour of the day, with no consideration for the minor's sensitive medical condition. It appears that someone is looking for showcase detentions and intimidation, not measured law enforcement according to good judgment. I say, regretfully, that a family in Tel Aviv would have received different treatment. I call on Amir Ohana, the Public Security Minister, to carefully examine what is happening in the Yehuda and Shomron District."
The minor's father: "The Israeli Police came to our house in the middle of the night, woke up the entire family, caused a disturbance, and frightened the small children. We explained to them [the policemen] that the boy is recovering from an operation, he has a cast and is under medical care, but they paid no attention. The policemen didn't listen. They showed total disregard. After several hours he was released. They couldn't have summoned us in a normal way? For what was all the commotion? The educational damage to our children, the neighbors' children and all the children in the community is irrevocable. For no reason they are causing a generation of children to not trust the police, not trust the State, and it's all because of a lack of consideration by the policemen. What a shame."

Yitzhar detainees released


Honenu Attorney Nati Rom; Photo credit: Honenu

Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 15:00 A routine check at an army barrier in place due to the closed military zone order which has been imposed on the residents of the Kumi Ori neighborhood in Yitzhar since October 2019 resulted in several detentions.
On Wednesday, November 25, the Petah Tikva Magistrates Court rejected the police request to extend the remand of the detainees from Yitzhar and ordered their release. A Yitzhar resident, who was detained on suspicion of disturbing a policeman in the line of duty, was released on bail without restrictions.
An additional detainee, a Kumi Ori resident, who was injured in the face as a result of police brutality during his detention, was released to several days of house arrest at his home. The court has permitted him to leave his house for prayers at times set by the court. The resident was interrogated on suspicion of assaulting a policeman and endangering human life in a traffic lane.
After the deliberation, Honenu Attorney Nati Rom, who is representing the detainees, said: "Despite the overblown announcements by the Israeli Police that there had been an attempted ramming attack - and there were other attempts to demonize the residents of the site - there had not been an attempted ramming attack, and the court accepted our claims. It is unfortunate that one of the detainees returned with bruises all over his body. We hope that the extensive use of accusations of assaulting or disturbing a policeman in the line of duty in situations such as this will stop."

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Regulating Judea and Samaria - A Welcome Announcement. AFSI Newsletter, News, Newsbites and Opinion, Zoom Webinars Current and Archived.



Kol haKavod to the AFSI team!!!!

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Thank you for the important  news items and updates from the Groups and Organizations AFSI supports and loves such as the Sovereignty Movement and Regavim. 

Also thank you Judy and AFSI's team for the excellent, newsletter, informative webinars...each one a gem!

May you go from strength to strength!

On Mon, Nov 30, 2020, 4:02 PM AFSI/Americans For A Safe Israel <> wrote:
Monday - November 30, 2020
Regulating Judea and Samaria -
A Welcome Announcement

Settlement Affairs Minister Tzachi Hanegbi announced last week at the Knesset plenum that he will promote a move to regulate 'outposts' in Judea and Samaria in agreement with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Minister Michael Biton.

"We have jointly agreed to formulate a resolution to the government to promote all legal moves that will lead to the regulation of young settlements. I am convinced that the government will take the issue very seriously and examine it with in-depth consideration," Hanegbi said.

National Union chairman MK Bezalel Smotrich welcomed Hanegbi's announcement as did the Yesha Council, who stated, "This is good news for anyone who is close to the heart of the Israeli settlement in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley. For many years, hundreds of families living in the young settlements have not been able to enjoy the most basic things - running water, regular electricity, the internet and communications and security components."

Yes, AFSI reiterates Hanegbi's comment that, yes, it's time - and long overdue - to work toward achieving normalization for the residents of Judea and Samaria.





Daniel Luria was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1959 and made Aliyah in 1995. He currently lives in Maaleh Adumim, just outside Jerusalem with his wife Kitty and 5 children.

Dan is the Executive Director of Ateret Cohanim's headquarters in Israel. He lives and breathes Jerusalem and tries to get the Jewish People involved in this vital national project of keeping a united Jerusalem in Jewish hands and strengthening Jewish roots in and around the Old City.

AFSI Chizuk Missions regularly tour the Old City with Dan, marveling at the progress that Ateret Cohanim continually exhibits. During this Zoom meeting you will be invited to virtually tour with Dan. Following the tour Dan will answer questions about history, progress, and future plans, to the extent that they can be made public.
Evacuation of Khan al-Ahmar Stalled Again

The illegal herding village of Khan al-Ahmar was given yet another reprieve when the High Court of Justice gave the state until July 15, 2021 to explain its failure to evacuate the compound.

Regavim, the NGO actively working for 11 years to see that the evacuation is carried out, condemned the delay. Though this latest ruling is another postponement in this long legal battle, Regavim's petition has not been thrown out and still stands.

Haley to POTUS:
Get to the Heart of UNRWA

Nikki Haley, former United States ambassador to the United Nations, called on the Trump administration to declassify a report detailing the current number of Palestinian refugees who are receiving aid from the United Nations Works and Relief Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

Haley tweeted, "Very important that the Trump administration declassify the report that provides a current estimate of the number of Palestinian refugees who are receiving support. This goes to the heart of speaking hard truths in the name of moving peace forward."

Haley's tweet linked to last week's New York Post op-ed authored by Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Adviser Richard Goldberg and Senior Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer. The op-ed noted that Congress required the State Department in 2012 to produce a report on the number of Palestinian refugees receiving aid from UNRWA that were alive in 1948; the report was completed and sent to congressional appropriations committees years later, but the report remains classified today.

Goldberg and Schanzer wrote that, "The public release of these figures could spark an international debate over UNRWA's mandate." AFSI asks the question, What debate? The truth should not be up for debate. No more suppression of the real numbers. We agree with the statement in the op-ed, "...Palestinian refugees are narrowly defined as people who were personally displaced from then-Palestine between 1948 and 1949 and aren't currently citizens or permanent residents of the Palestinian Authority or any country."

We look forward to the Trump administration de-classifying the report to expose the real numbers. Let's put an end to this long-standing falsehood and move on.


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Monday - November 30, 2020 | 3:00pm EST
The Untold Stories of Jewish Refugees from Arab Lands and Iran
Hear stories and honor the communities who were displaced from their country of origin.
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Abraham D. Sofaer, Former Federal Judge, legal advisor to the US State Department
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Wednesday - December 9, 2020 | 12:00pm EST
Zoom with AFSI
United Jerusalem Forever
With Dan Luria, Executive Director of Ateret Cohanim.

Thursday - December 10 - 17, 2020 (Live, in person)
Menorah Lighting: New York City
Annual menorah lighting. Schedule: Thursday first candle and then Sunday to Thursday at 5:30pm; Friday at 3:45pm and Saturday at 8:30pm.
5th Avenue @ 59th Street in New York City

Thursday - December 10 - 17, 2020 (Live, in person)
The Largest Menorah Lighting: Brooklyn
Chabad of Park Slope hosts the 32-foot "Largest Menorah" in Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza. There's a kick off concert on December 10, and each subsequent night of Chanukah is celebrated with music, latkes, and gifts. Click HERE for times.
Grand Army Plaza | Brooklyn, NY

ISRAEL - Sunday - Dec 13, 2020 | 8:15am Depart from Binyanei Ha'auma, Jerusalem
Youth Seminar Explaining Sovereignty
In Memory of Helen Freedman.
Number of spaces is limited. To register contact Talya Ramon 054-592-8277 or Eliyahu Friedman 053-933-5759.
Youth Seminar
Explaining Sovereignty

In Memory of
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Whose Entire Life
Was Devoted to the
Land of Israel

Sunday - December 13, 2020 (Program held in Israel)

8:15am Departure from Binyanei Ha'auma, Jerusalem, Israel. Program is held in Oz veGaon.

Dr. Mordechai Kedar and MK Ayelet Shaked are among the many featured speakers. See the flyer for the day's complete program.

Number of spaces is limited!

To register contact:
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Recorded November 17, 2020 | Video HERE

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Mendy Neeman is an authorized speaker on geopolitics for Birthright. Additionally, he serves as a staff member at the C.P.D.H. (Center for Public Diplomacy and Hasbara) and gives presentations to the IDF combat officer course, and other units as well. His presentations deal with the Palestinian Arab/Israeli conflict and demonstrate a unique way to easily address the most complicated issues.
Recorded November 4, 2020 | Video HERE

Israel's Sovereignty Entitlements Under International Law in Respect to Jerusalem and the Disputed Territories
With Dr. Jacques Gauthier an international jurist, scholar and human rights advocate. Dr. Gauthier's highlighted the nexus between the historical facts and events which support the legitimacy of Israel's sovereignty claims to all of Jerusalem and the disputed territories.
Recorded September 30, 2020 | Video HERE

How Judicial Activism in Israel Endangers Sovereignty in Judea and Samaria
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Zeev Jabotinsky Memorial and Tribute. Jabotinsky's Legacy More Relevant Now Than Ever
Yifa Segal, Director of The International Legal Forum, moderated AFSI's 2020 tribute to the great Zionist leader Zeev Jabotinsky. With guests Yosef Ahimeir, Chairman of the Jabotinsky Institute in Israel and Ofir Dayan, Student Activist for Israel. | Video HERE
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Can Israel Win the Propaganda War?
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With Yifa Segal, Esq, Director of The International Legal Forum, and Marc Provisor, Counter-Terrorism Expert and Director of Security at One Israel Fund, share their expertise on these two aspects of the Sovereignty debate. Download a copy of The International Legal Forum's "Controversial Lands: 8 Burning Questions about Israel and the Territories." and visit their website for more information. Video HERE
Recorded July 13, 2020

Jerusalem Must Remain the United Capital of the Jewish People
Arieh King, the Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem and Founder of the Israel Land Fund, in a lively conversation. At the vanguard of the movement for Sovereignty in JudeaSamaria and a United Jewish Jerusalem, Arieh has a unique and exciting perspective on the latest from Israel. Video HERE
Recorded June 30, 2020

Activism Updates From Israel 
AFSI presents Yaakov Hayman, Director of the Temple Mount Foundation and Aharon Pulver, Executive Director of the Israel Independence Fund, to bring you insider news from Israel. Video HERE
Recorded June 21, 2020

The PA's Exploitation of the Coronavirus Crisis 
Naomi Kahn, Director of the International Division of Regavim, sits down with Judy Freedman Kadish, Executive Director of Americans For A Safe Israel for the latest news on Regavim's work in protecting Israel's national lands and the return of the rule of law to all areas and aspects of the land and its preservation. Video HERE
Recorded June 3, 2020


Spring 2020
Jewish Review of Books - Complete annual listing. Click HERE to access the list.

Discover the Drama-Filled Debates Behind Israel's Declaration of Independence
Leading historian Martin Kramer tells the little-known story behind Israel's founding document.

Applying Israeli Sovereignty to Judea & Samaria
With Dr. Avi Bell. View webinar HERE

The US/Israel Alliance - Applying Israel Law to Judea & Samaria During the US Election. With Meir Buchnick.
Recorded June 5, 2020 | View webinar HERE

Modern Blood Libels
Hear experts in a fascinating discussion on blood libels from medieval Norwich to modern day Gaza. With historian Prof. Richard Landes, author Tuvia Tenenbom, CAMERA Senior Media Analyst Ricki Hollander and CEO and Co-Founder of Hetz Eran Teboul.
Recorded on June 2, 2020 | View the webinar HERE

The Experts Series: Whose Land?
Sponsored by The International Legal Forum. The legal and historical right of the Israeli people and the State of Israel is a question of paramount importance. Over the past decades not enough atten