Construction Freeze: State Destroys Synagogue
The Torah scrolls were first removed from the building, and the bulldozers began the destruction shortly afterwards.
Earlier this morning (Tuesday), it was reported that large police forces and special Yassam units had arrived in the Talmonim bloc and prevented entry to the communities of Dolev, Neriah, Talmon, Nachliel and Haresha. They thus wished to prevent residents from arriving en masse to thwart their destruction of a synagogue in Nachliel, said to have been built in violation of the two-month-old construction freeze.
The construction freeze was abruptly imposed on all new Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria by the government to entice the Palestinian Authority back to the negotiating table. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other government ministers have vowed that the freeze will be removed after ten months.
After the Disengagement/expulsion from Gush Katif in 2005, the government originally planned to destroy the synagogues that remained in Gaza, in order to avoid their desecration by local Arabs. However, even this fear was not considered sufficient reason to destroy those holy sites, and following opposition by rabbis around the country and much debate, the decision was rescinded.
Nachliel Resident: Synagogue Was Built Before Freeze
RABBI ARRESTED! Of course the charges will prove to be false at the end, but who cares: when there is a will, there is a way.
Yeshiva Head Arrested in Mosque Case
Speaking Tuesday night, National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari said he was shocked at the arrest of Rabbi Yitzchak Shapira of the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva. "I condemn the police for its methods, taken from the darkest, most oppressive regimes. The agenda of the police against residents of Yitzhar smacks of attempts to conduct a 'lynch' against them," MK Ben-Ari said.
Lawyer Visits Rabbi Shapira in Prison, Reports AbuseShevat 12, 5770, 27 January 10 10:15
(Israelnationalnews.com) Attorney Moti Grossman met with Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira at Shabak headquarters late Tuesday night and reported that the rabbi is being humiliated by his interrogators who are using methods that border on torture. Rabbi Shapira, who heads the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva near the Jewish village of Yitzhar, was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion that he participated in a recent arson attack against a nearby mosque. Several students of his yeshiva had been questioned in recent weeks but no charges have been filed thus far. Many villagers from Yitzhar have claimed that police are using the incident at the mosque as an excuse to harass and libel local Jews. The meeting between the rabbi and his attorney took place blindfolded.
Jack ( attorney) comments ( PS: as you can see from the update, apparently the lawyer was not blindfolded - this is a misunderstanding. But the rest of the comment is still very relevant)
All, while THIS was going on: what obscene hypocrisy. It seems both events were timed to occur on the same day, to obscure the EVIL of the ISRAELI NAZI ACTION:
"(IsraelNN.com) President Shimon Peres stood before the Bundestag, German parliament Wednesday, exhorting the lawmakers to bring to justice those Nazi murderers who yet remain alive. “This is not revenge in our eyes,” Peres explained in his speech in Hebrew, delivered during ceremonies marking International Holocaust Memorial Day. “This is an educational lesson.”...
Judge Releases Rabbi Shapira of Yitzhar
The rabbi is brought to court in handcuffs / Flash 90
Rabbi Shapira, Dean of the Od Yosef Chai (Joseph Still Lives) Yeshiva in the Shomron (Samaria), was arrested on Tuesday night, with police insinuating that he may have been involved in the torching of a mosque in Kafr Yassuf, near Tapuach, last month. Rabbi Shapira emphatically denies all involvement in the incident.
Rabbi Shapira’s lawyer, Moti Grossman of the Honenu Civil Rights Organization, said that he met with his client after midnight in the Petach Tikvah police station, and said he was shocked to see the rabbi “with his eyes blindfolded as if he were a terrorist. It was very difficult to see this, especially as he is a respected rabbi.”
"The Shabak (General Security Service) is exerting all sorts of heavy pressure on him," Grossman said. "They didn’t even allow him to keep his tefillin and prayerbook after he finished praying. This is a clear to attempt to pressure someone under interrogation.”
The police announced that Rabbi Shapira would be held overnight, if not longer, and students from his yeshiva arrived at the Petach Tikvah police station in solidarity with their rabbi. They sang and danced to show their support.
Rabbi Shapira lives in the Shomron community of Yitzhar, where several students were arrested in recent overnight raids on similar suspicions.
MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari (National Union), who took part in the impromptu rally outside the police station, said he was shocked at the rabbi’s arrest. "I condemn the police for its methods,” he said, “which have been taken from the darkest, most oppressive regimes. The agenda of the police against residents of Yitzhar smacks of attempts to conduct a 'lynch' against them.”
PS: read the talkbacks on Arutz 7, where the original article appeared. They say it just the way it is:
Yitzhar Rabbi Released after Judge Denies State Appeal
Judge Noam determined that there was no evidence showing that the rabbi was complicit in the vandalizing of a mosque in Kafr Yasouf , an Arab village in Samaria, on December 11. The vandalization involved some spray painted messages and a rug that was set on fire.
"After examining all of the [evidence] material I reached the conclusion that it does not have enough substance to support a reasonable suspicion that the defendant carried out the offense of arson which is attributed to him,” the judge wrote. “The classified material from the Shin Bet also contained a qualification regarding the question of the defendant's involvement in the actual arson. The police investigators, too, thought that there was no reasonable suspicion that the defendant was involved in the arson.”
A 180 degree turn
Representatives of the Shin Bet and prosecution told the court Thursday that they do believe the rabbi was involved in the arson itself, and not just in knowing about it. Judge Noam replied and said: “You are turning the case around by 180 degrees. This goes against everything that you claimed before the Magistrates' Court.”
Rabbi Shapira's lawyer, Attorney Naftali Wirzberger, harshly criticized the prosecution and Shin Bet. “The zeal of the Shin Bet and prosecution to keep Rabbi Shapira under arrest is very impressive and one can only wonder at the motives for this,” he said. “I cannot understand why they continue to make fools of themselves in front of the courts. I am sorry to say that the settlers' claims regarding intentional persecution by the prosecution and Shin Bet are buttressed by their behavior in this case.”
MK Ya'akov (Ketzaleh) Katz, Chairman of the National Union, called Thursday for the disbanding of the Jewish Affairs section of the Shin Bet, following the release of Rabbi Shapira. Katz said that the activities of the unit were "disproportional" and had one goal: "to give the residents of Yesha (Judea and Samaria) a bad name, to clear the ground for the criminal idea of the final expulsion of all the Jews of Yesha."
Similar sentiments were expressed by the Rabbinical Council of Yesha and Chairman Gershon Mesika of the Samaria Regional Council.