Israeli Army Bars Right-wing Activist From West Bank

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Spray-painted graffiti threats on the house of Peace Now activist Hagit Ofran in 2011, for which Dor Oved was convicted.
Graffiti on the house of Peace Now activist Hagit Ofran, for which Oved was convicted.Credit: Emil Salman

The head of the Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command, Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick, has issued an order prohibiting a known violent, right-wing activist from contact with 87 people, banning him from the West Bank and placing him under house arrest at night.

The activist, Dor Oved, 26, originally from the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion, has been in and out of prison. Among other things, he has been convicted of violent attacks on Palestinians and spray-painting graffiti threats on the house of Peace Now activist Hagit Ofran.

Oved’s family has said that he has problems which make him act the way he does.

According to the army's ban, issued last Friday, in order to “ensure state security,” Oved must remain under house arrest in Jerusalem and must not enter the territories at all.

The ban on contacting 87 specific individuals is an innovation of recent years; in the past the maximum number on such a list was 30. In this case it appears that the names, recommended by the Shin Bet security service, are those of all right-wing individuals under surveillance at present. Some of the individuals on the list are 13 years old, however, and some may not have had any previous contact with Oved.

Honenu, an Israeli nonprofit organization that provides legal aid to Jewish terror suspects, said in response: “Under the pretext of 'state security,' people have been detained without trial, expelled from their homes and place of work, and prohibited from contacting nearly 100 people. Most of the public is unaware of what is happening in the deep darkness and is certain that ‘it won’t happen to me.’ But these destructive norms are becoming routine. We hope that the new defense minister will look into this matter during his days of grace, and perhaps he will be able to stop this process of sliding down a slippery slope.”

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