Detained Jewish Teens to See Lawyers Motzoei Shabbos

YERUSHALAYIM -

Three Jewish minors detained in a security probe since Sunday will be permitted to meet with their lawyers on Motzoei Shabbos, according to media reports.

The Lod District Court issued the ruling on Thursday, at the same time as it extended their detention until Sunday.

While their lawyers welcomed the decision, Honenu’s Itamar Ben Gvir expressed concern that their Shabbos observance would not be respected by the Shin Bet.

Further details of the allegations are under gag order pending developments in the ongoing questioning of the suspects.

Meanwhile, the court decision to deny them legal counsel until now was given backing by State Attorney Shai Nitzan, who said at the Calcalist conference earlier in the week that “terror is terror is terror” and that Jewish terrorists should not be treated any differently than Arab terrorists. This, despite the fact that nothing has yet been proved against them.

The Shin Bet itself has had no comment on the case.

Ben-Gvir also objected to the Shin Bet’s summoning of a sister of one of the detained minors for questioning on Thursday.

Police would not tell her the reason for the summons.

Ben-Gvir offered his interpretation: “We have no doubt that the purpose of summoning an expectant mother is to put pressure on the suspect. I already appealed this morning to the Attorney General and the State Attorney to stop this conduct. It is clear to me that the Shin Bet’s conduct is intended to show the brother that the sister was summoned for interrogation because of him, which could put more pressure on him, especially when the minors are not allowed to meet with an attorney. The significance of interrogation exercises like this is serious.”