A prominent right-wing activist was detained Tuesday at his home in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, after chaining himself to the ground for several hours in an attempt to resist arrest.
Boaz Albert, who was wanted by authorities for repeatedly violating a court order forbidding his presence in the West Bank, had tied himself down with a steel device, which had beforehand been drilled to the floor.
After struggling for hours, police officers finally managed to break open the device with the assistance of engineering tools.
Police said that residents of Yitzhar blocked the settlement’s entry gate and threw objects at security forces in protest of Albert’s arrest.
Yitzhar residents, on the other hand, claimed police had used excessive force while dispersing the demonstrators, Israel National News reported.
In August, police repeatedly used an electrical shock weapon on Albert, despite him offering no resistance to his arrest.
Albert had, then too, broken a police order keeping him out of the West Bank.
According to reports, Albert’s brother was also tased at the scene by the same officers.
Albert’s tasing sparked heavy condemnation from politicians across the board, and prompted Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino to reexamine the use of taser’s by Israeli police.
Taser guns have been gradually reintroduced to police forces after being temporarily suspended in light of the controversial incident.