A special ministrial committee met on a specific case concerning the forced distancing of a 15 year old boy from his parents home in Yitzhar on the grounds that he engaged in violence towards Arabs.
MK Yehuda Glick was present at the meeting. “This kind of sentence ought to be reserved for emergency situations in which there is a ‘ticking bomb.’ A 15-year-old boy is not a ‘ticking bomb,'” Glick said. “If there is a suspicion that he is going to vandalize a mosque or punch a hole in some car tires, then there are ways to deal with this. The boy has no criminal background […] the means used against him are extraneous.”
Glick connected the plight of the boy to his own situation. “The police fought against me, libeled me, demonized me, made me out as the most dangerous man in the Middle East – thank G-d, the court awarded me damages.”
“The police justified their behavior by saying that I had wanted to disrupt the status quo. A citizen in a democratic country is allowed to want to change the status quo. There is a feeling that security forces are taking on a role that goes beyond their function – that of ‘educator of the correct ideology.”
The police have increasingly used their authority to force youth from Judea and Samaria to suffer harsh conditions by being distanced from their families or even jailed with no charges.