The rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Yeshu’at Mordechai, located in the Shomron community of Nachliel, Rabbi Yigal Shendorfi, was arrested on Tuesday night. According to YWN contacts in the community, the rabbi’s arrest is seen as deterrence, sending a message that the authorities are now taking a harder stance, a lower-tolerance policy for residents of yishuvim in Yehuda and Shomron.
Police waited for the rav as he traveled home, picking him up at the Kiryat Sefer Checkpoint. It appears that he is being held for alleged illegal activity in connection with protests that took place in the summer at the Yad Yair Outpost, near Nachliel.
According to authorities, a number of security personnel and vehicles were injured and damaged as a result of the actions of youths at the outpost.
Rav Shendorfi is being arraigned on Wednesday with the state requesting he be held in incarceration. Attorney Naftali Wurtzburger is representing the rav.
UPDATED THURSDAY MORNING: The rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Yeshu’at Mordechai, located in the Shomron community of Nachliel, Rabbi Yigal Shendorfi, was remanded to house arrest in the home of his brother in the community of Neriya, located a short distance from Nachliel. The house arrest order is valid until Friday.
Authorities do not wish to permit the rabbi to return to his home, fearing contact with others who were present with him at the nearby Yad Yair Outpost in the summer. The rabbi is prohibited from speaking to anyone who was at the outpost during that period.
YWN reported on his arrest, and it now appears he will face charges of incitement.
During the rabbi’s questioning, he was asked “What were you doing there?” The rav explained that the area at the time was not a ‘closed military zone’ so therefore his presence was not a violation of the law. As to why he was there he added then becomes an education issue and such a question he does not answer while being restrained in handcuffs.
Also arrested with the rav was the yeshiva’s mashgiach, Rav Shmuel Moro, who was also released to house arrest. When I spoke with him, he preferred not to release any details pertaining to the ordeal. (Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)