Protest activist Gonen Ben Yitzhak, accused of interfering with a police officer in the performance of his duties and a prohibited gathering • "Lying under an olive grove and hugging his hands to prevent its progress"
Protest against Netanyahu in Balfour
Oren Ben Hakon (Archive)
The Jerusalem District Attorney's Office filed this morning (Monday) for the first time indictments against demonstrators against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
One indictment was filed against activist Gonen Ben Yitzhak for interfering with a police officer in the performance of his duties and a prohibited gathering.
Another indictment was filed against the demonstrator Bar Binyamin, for assaulting a police officer in aggravated circumstances and a prohibited gathering.
According to the indictment against Ben Yitzhak, during one of the demonstrations held in July near Paris Square in Jerusalem, he did not respond to police calls to disperse.
When the police intended to use the olive grove, he lay down under it and clung to it, "with the intention of preventing its further progress and thwarting its use."
Despite the repeated demands of the police officers, the defendant refused to release his grip on the olive grove, in light of which the police officers were forced to use force and evacuate him from the scene.
According to the indictment against Benjamin, during one of the demonstrations in September she was asked to evacuate the road and refused, so one of the policemen started forcibly evacuating her.
In response, the indictment states that she sprayed pepper spray on the face of a police officer and tried to escape.