The Defense Ministry on Tuesday informed Elisha Yered, one of two Israeli suspects held over the fatal shooting last month of a Palestinian in the West Bank, that it intends to issue a six-month administrative restraining order against him.
Settler activists published a copy of the order, which if issued will be subject to a hearing. The order does not state where or what Yered could be barred from. Sections of the order that define where a person is banned from, where they must remain located, or barring them from communicating with specific people were all left blank.
Yered is suspected, along with Yehiel Indore, of killing 19-year-old Qusai Jamal Matan during a clash between Israeli settlers and Palestinians in the northern West Bank, just outside the town of Burqa, on August 4.
Yered, who until recently served as the spokesman for a far-right coalition lawmaker, was released to house arrest several days after the incident after a court found police did not have enough evidence to keep him in custody.
In a statement from activists, Yered condemned the order as part of a “campaign of revenge.”
“The vindictiveness of the Jewish Department of the Shin Bet and the IDF head of the Central Command, following the collapse of the case they invented and inflated, breaks new records,” Yered claimed.
“After being severely criticized in all the courts, which ruled that there was no truth in the accusations against me, the Central Command and the Shin Bet decided to start a campaign of revenge,” he said.
Yered vowed the “draconian decree” would not deter him from being active in settlements or the media.
“The more you try to break us and fight us with more predatory means, the more we will continue our activities, and no order or harassment of one kind or another will break us,” he warned.
The settlers speculated that Yered would most likely be banned from the West Bank, and particularly from the hilltop areas “where he has been active in recent years.” Illegal settler outposts are often established on hilltops.
The case has garnered international media attention, partially due to the fact that Yered is a former spokesman for Otzma Yehudit MK Limor Son Har-Melech.
Indore is believed to be the person who shot Matan dead. Yered is suspected of involvement in the shooting and obstructing the investigation into the incident by taking the pistol that was used home with him.
Indore was seriously injured in the incident, allegedly from a rock thrown by a Palestinian that hit his face, and spent some of his time in custody in a hospital before being transferred to a Prison Service medical facility.
During remand hearings, police representatives rejected Indore’s self-defense claim, saying the Burqa incident “did not start with the wounding of Indore and the killing of the Palestinian. It started a few hours before and ended after.”
Police claim that when the altercation between Palestinians and settlers first began, the latter did not immediately alert security forces but rather called for more settlers to come as backup. It was apparently only after the shooting that settlers notified the regional security headquarters
Though police no longer suspect a racial motive for Indore’s actions, they do still suspect him of killing Matan with intent or indifference, participating in a riot, conspiracy to commit a crime and obstruction of justice.