Boaz Albert, the settler from Yitzhar who has repeatedly confronted police officers enforcing an administrative order from the IDF ordering him to stay out of the settlement, said he would return to Yitzhar upon his release from custody on Friday.
During Albert's first arrest which caused an uproar, police were filmed shocking him with a Taser gun. Since then, numerous Knesset members and prominent rabbis visited his home in Yitzhar, and during the Sukkot holiday, some 2,000 people took part in a support rally held at his home.
- Watch: Officers armed with stun gun arrest settler
- Tasered Yitzhar settler arrested again
- Police use of Tasers to resume
Last Tuesday, police officers who arrived in Yitzhar to arrest Albert had to forcefully disperse dozens of supporters in order to enter the home, where they found the settler bolted to the floor with a complex mechanism.
Recent arrest of Boaz Albert
The police officers' attempts to dismantle the mechanism failed, and a smiling Albert explained that he had lost the keys to the lock. While chained to the floor, the settler told a radio station that he does not recognize the police's authority to arrest him and that he enjoys the support of MKs and rabbis who instructed him to violate the administrative order.
Albert bolted to floor (Photo: Shai District Police)
Meanwhile, Albert's supporters clashed with police outside the home. Officers claimed the rioters threw bags filled with urine and feces at them and vandalized squad cars.
Shai District Police spokeman Dudi Asraf said, "The violence there was very severe, and it cannot be accepted. The officers were called 'Nazis.'"
Albert was eventually arrested and led out of the settlement with his head covered, but then another clash erupted between the officers and settlers whose vehicles blocked the entrance to Yitzhar.
Albert's remand was extended until Friday, but police filed an indictment against him and asked the Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court to keep him in custody until the conclusion of legal proceedings.
The indictment states that Albert violated a court order which banned him from entering Yitzhar and failed to attend court hearings. The indictment also details how the settler shackled himself to the floor of his home, as well as the attacks on the arresting officers by his supporters.
Raanan Ben-Zur contributed to the report
- Receive Ynetnews updates
directly to your desktop