Haaretz, “‘I Don’t Recognize the Authority of This Court’: Israeli Activist, Arrested for Anti-occupation Protests, Asks to Stay Jailed”

Jonathan Pollak, a Haaretz employee, says transferring him between prison and court doesn’t allow Prison Service to provide him food or medical care

An Israeli court decided to extend on Thursday the detention of Jonathan Pollak, a left-wing activist and employee of Haaretz.

On Monday, undercover police officers arrested Pollak in his office at the newspaper, following a criminal complaint filed against him by the right-wing organization Ad Kan in 2018.

The organization had complained that Pollak attacked soldiers during demonstrations in Ni’lin, Nabi Saleh and Bil’in. 

According to the complaint against Pollak and two other demonstrators, “Starting in 2013 and to this very day, every Friday, the defendants together with other rioters unlawfully attack IDF soldiers.” The complaint describes Pollak as an active participant encouraging rioters to throw rocks at security forces and confront them.

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