JERUSALEM (VINnews) — After more than three months in jail and numerous demonstrations calling for his release including one which took place Wednesday, Chareidi activist Binyamin Friedman was released under restrictive conditions.
Friedman, a father of 11 children, was arrested before Pesach for refusing to disperse an illegal demonstration and allegedly spitting on a policewoman. Friedman denied the charges but the judge claimed that Friedman had intentionally endangered the policewoman and should remain in jail. Initially the prosecution agreed to allow Friedman to remain at home with an electronic handcuff, but due to his being religious he requested to be without the electronic handcuff on Shabbat. The Jerusalem Magistrates Court acceded to his request but the state appealed and overturned the decision. Friedman refused to wear the handcuff and was taken into custody.
During the course of his custody a number of demonstrations took place calling on police to release Friedman, including a violent demonstration Wednesday night. On Thursday morning a judge ruled that Friedman could be released as long as he stayed away from Beit Shemesh where the alleged offences were committed. Additionally he was told to post bail and to attend all hearings.
— גלעד כהן Gilad Cohen (@GiladCohenJR) July 22, 2020
Chareidim protest Friedman’s continued incarceration, July 22nd 2020
Friedman’s wife told Kikar HaShabbat that “my husband is a demonstrator, he didn’t burn garbage bins, didn’t throw stones and didn’t spit, he demonstrates and shouts about what hurts him, he didn’t spit on the policewoman.
She added that “they wish to take revenge on him for what occurred in the past.”