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Israeli Settler Involved in Palestinian Teen's Shooting Barred From West Bank for Five Months

12:00 Sep 29 2023 Israel/Palestine (إسرائيل / فلسطين * ישראל פלשתינה)

Israeli Settler Involved in Palestinian Teen's Shooting Barred From West Bank for Five Months
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Elisha Yered at the Supreme Court in August. Credit: Sraya Diamant Published by Haaretz
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Elisha Yered is suspected of involvement in the killing of Palestinian teen Qosai Mi'tan in the village of Burqa in August. The order bars him from contacting settler activists as well

by Hagar Shezaf for Haaretz
Sep 29, 2023 11:53 am IDT

The chief of the Israeli army's Central Command, Maj. Gen. Yehuda Fuchs, ordered murder suspect Elisha Yered to be barred from the West Bank for a period of five months and prohibited him from contacting five known settler activists.

Yered is suspected of involvement in the killing of Palestinian teen Qosai Mi'tan in the West Bank village of Burqa in August. Burqa residents claimed that a group of settlers, some armed, arrived at the village and started vandalizing property and throwing stones. During the clashes that ensued, some of the settlers opened fire, wounding four Palestinians and killing Mi'tan.

Yered, who was initially suspected of causing death either on purpose or by negligence, was released after the investigation faced several challenges, including that the Palestinian Authority did not hand over Mi'tan's body for forensic testing.

Yered previously served as the spokesman for far-right lawmaker Limor Son Har-Melech and has been tracked by Shin Bet’s department for Jewish extremism since he was a minor.

Yered lives in the Ramat Migron outpost and is one of the most prominent far-right activists today, operating a Twitter account and communicating with media outlets.

The order specifies that Yered will not be allowed to contact several other prominent figures in the outposts for three months, including Menachem Ben Shachar, a rabbi who is active in West Bank outposts and also participated in the controversial video "Questions and Answers: Why Must Hawara Be Erased?" and Ariel Danino, an activist from the Kumi Uri hilltop outpost.

The intention to issue the order was announced by the Central Command chief earlier this month, citing "a risk to the Judea and Samaria region's security." The order is now in effect following the rejection of Yered's appeals.

MK Son Har-Melech responded to the order: "In a desperate attempt to cover up his failure and incompetence against Arab terrorism, the major general is trying to silence the residents' protest through dictatorial and arbitrary means: Preventing protest activists from contacting each other and continuing their activities."
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