Dozens of nationalist activists attempted to block the entrance of Jerusalem on Thursday night, protesting the closure of a probe of police officers who were involved in a car chase more than a year ago which led to the death of a settler teen.
Police said officers prevented the protesters — who were demanding justice in the 2020 death of Ahuvia Sandak — from blocking the highway with snow that had been cleared to the side of the road after Wednesday night’s snowstorm.
Amid the demonstration, a police vehicle was damaged by a rock hurled by a demonstrator, a law enforcement spokesperson said. There were no reports of injuries.
Police said two demonstrators were arrested by officers for “disorderly conduct.”
“Police forces are working at the scene to maintain public order and remove the roadblocks from the entrance to the city,” police said in a statement.
“Police will continue to allow the protest to take place legally but will not allow a violation of public order and the risk to road users,” the statement added.
Earlier on Thursday, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced that the probe of officers involved in Sandak’s death would close, finding no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
Sandak, 16, was killed in a crash while fleeing from police in December 2020, allegedly after throwing rocks at Palestinians. Repeated recent protests over Sandak’s death have escalated into violence and arrests.
A statement from Mandelblit’s office said the evidence in the case showed police were justified in chasing after the car carrying Sandak, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Bat Ayin, and four other young settlers, and that there were no grounds for claiming officers intentionally rammed the vehicle.
The statement added that it could not be clearly determined which car swerved, leading to the crash in which the car carrying Sandak flipped over.
Sandak’s family denounced Mandelblit’s decision, claiming without evidence that there was a coverup. “The officers of the Judea and Samaria Unit killed our son,” the family said, using the biblical name of the West Bank.
A number of lawmakers also issued condemnations.
In his announcement, Mandelblit did not indicate if he would press charges against any of the young settlers who were with Sandak in the vehicle, as a television report earlier this week suggested.
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.