More than 120 people were arrested during last Thursday’s “Day of Rage” that was held by Peleg. Dozens of the protesters who identified themselves to the police have since been released, some with fines of up to 1,000 NIS. There were, however, some 27 protesters who were arrested that refused to identify themselves. They were left in police custody all of Thursday night and brought for arraignment on Friday morning. During the hearing they were told that they would only be released if they agreed to give their identities to the police. The 27 Peleg members still refused to give their identities to police and spent Shabbat confined to police custody.
Upon their exiting the courthouse police marked each protester with a black number on their hand in magic marker. AS they refused to give their names to police, the police were left with no choice but to assign each prisoner a number.
On Sunday morning they were once again brought before the court, where they agreed to identify themselves in front of the judge. After all of the Peleg members gave over their full identities and committed to paying a 1,000 NIS fine they were released. According to a report that appeared in B’Hadrei Hareidim, among the 27 people who were finally identified were at least 12 draft dodgers who were sent to further detention by military police. They will join the 31 draft dodgers already arrested by the IDF’s military police during the protests.
The Committee for the Salvation of the Torah World which is representing the arrested members of Peleg said that marking the arrested with number is “a Nazi tactic. It is as if we underwent a holocaust, 13 hours on a bus.”
Police said that these individuals were arrested during a violent protest, in which dozens of Chareidim blocked roads, upset public transportation, and prevented vehicles from travelling for elongated periods of time while disturbing the peace. “To make matters worse, the refused to identify themselves which goes against the expressed law that requires police to ascertain the identity of all felons arrested in order to obtain and present proof related to their case. Thus, they left the detectives no choice but to maintain order over the arrested people than to assign numbers to them in order to keep track of them. This is how each person was brought to court and how the courts had to try them for their actions, according to serial number assigned to them.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)