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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Sharon Imprisons Primary Democratic Voice In Israel

Noam Federman Arrested Again For Poltical Views Without Being Charged.

On Tuesday, the army extended and tightened restrictions on the house arrest of a Jewish extremist until Sept. 1, when the withdrawal should be complete, said police spokesman Shlomi Sagi.

Noam Federman, an ultranationalist who lives in the West Bank city of Hebron, was first arrested in 2003 and held for eight months without charge under "administrative detention."

He was released last June, but immediately placed under house arrest. Under the terms of the arrest he was permitted to leave his home in daylight hours.

But on Tuesday, the military extended the house arrest — which expired late Monday — and said Federman could no longer leave his home during the day.

A military official declined to say whether the extension was directly related to the pullout, saying "he is a threat today to the security of the people in this situation."
PM Sharon Sharply Criticized for "Civil War" Threats.

Asked if he expects violence during the withdrawal from Gaza, Sharon said, "I expect [it] before and during... One should not underestimate the tension here, the atmosphere here. It looks like on the eve of a civil war... All my life I was defending [the lives] of Jews. Now, for [the] first time, security steps are taken to protect me from Jews."

MK Tzvi Hendel (National Union), a resident of Gush Katif and one of Sharon's most bitter opponents, said, "Sharon is a liar. He knows that the only one who can lead to a civil war is he himself."

Hendel's party colleague MK Uri Ariel (pictured above) also blamed the Prime Minister for the atmosphere he himself created: "Sharon is like someone who pushed his mother down the steps, was put on trial for murder, and then asked for mercy because he's an orphan."

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