Monday, May 09, 2005
First Anti-Expulsion Activist Jailed Without Trial.
The feared wave of pre-disengagement administrative (without formal charges) arrests of activists may have begun Sunday with the jailing of an anti-expulsion activist without trial.
The activist, who organized the renewal of traditional monthly prayer marches around the gates of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, is the first Jew to be jailed without due process ahead of this summer’s withdrawal of Jews from the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria. He is a resident of the town of Yitzhar, south of Shechem in central Samaria.
The order to jail Neria Ofan was signed by Defense Minister Sha’ul Mofaz, and was handed to him as he pulled up to the Hizmeh checkpoint near the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev. Ofan was on his way, with his wife and children, to take part in the monthly encirclement of the gates of the Temple Mount, which he helps organize.
Ofan was told that he will spend the next six months, until after the implementation of the withdrawal from Gaza and northern Samaria, in an Ashkelon prison.