Left-wing Activist Hit With Further Detention

Court rejects request to send man, whose name cannot be published, to house arrest, asks police to refrain from renewing remand.

Attorney Lea Semel is surrounded by photographers and cameramen during a case at Lod District Court.
Tomer Appelbaum

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court ordered Monday a left-wing activist suspected of contact with a foreign agent detained for two more days. However, in light of the findings so far against the activist, the court recommended that the police not ask for further detention.

Some 20 leftist activists demonstrated outside the court against the activist’s continued detention.

Last Friday, police allowed the activist to meet with his attorney, Leah Tsemel, out of concern for his physical and mental wellbeing. On Sunday the court rejected Tsemel’s request to send her client to house arrest.

The activist, whom the court has prohibited identifying for fear of obstruction of the investigation, was arrested last week at Ben-Gurion Airport as he was about to leave the country.

Haaretz learned he was questioned on suspicion of several offenses, including accessory to manslaughter, conspiracy in attempted murder, passing information to a foreign agent, transporting an individual in Israel without a permit, and drug use. Tsemel said the charges were baseless.