Police refuse to release far-left activist

January 20, 2016  

The far-left activist detained by Israeli authorities last week in connection with revelations broadcast on Channel 2’s “Uvda” investigative program was set to be released Wednesday on house arrest until police intervened.

The program showed how Ezra Nawi of Ta’ayush, together with a leading B’Tselem activist, turned in to the Palestinian authorities Palestinian citizens who chose to sell land to Jews, leading the Arabs to be tortured and murdered.

The activist was detained by police at Ben-Gurion International Airport, in an apparent attempt to flee the country. He is accused of being in contact with a foreign agent. 

A second Jewish activist was arrested in his home in Jerusalem on Tuesday evening. His remand was extended for 24 hours yesterday despite police’s request he be held in custody for a week. 

Authorities also arrested on Wednesday an Arab volunteer for the left-wing B’Tselem organization, in the area of Susia, near Hevron.

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court ruled earlier Wednesday to release the first activist, but police demanded a stay on the ruling until 5:00 p.m. to file an appeal. 

Later on Wednesday, police said it would hold both the left-wing activist and Arab volunteer for another evening despite the court’s order to release them both from custody. 

Police said they were keeping the two in detention on the grounds they intended to appeal the judge’s ruling on Thursday. 

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