Irit Albert, wife of Yitzhar resident Boaz Albert who was arrested for ignoring a restraining orderdistancing him from Judea and Samaria, described her husband’s arrest in an interview with Arutz Sheva on Thursday evening.
Albert provided a chilling description of the arrest, saying that the officers repeatedly used a taser gun on her husband, even as he yelled out in pain.
“We knew that Boaz would be arrested eventually and were prepared for this, but I have no words to describe the brutality of the police during the arrest,” she said.
As the officers broke into the Alberts’ home, she said, “Boaz ran to one of the rooms and lay down on the floor. I could hear his cries of pain as he was repeatedly shocked by the police since he refused to leave the house on his own.”
Irit Albert said that even when the officers forcefully removed Boaz force from his home, “they continued, as they dragged him towards a police car that waited in a nearby Arab village, to shock him again and again. It was dark but occasionally we could hear another scream and another scream and police yelling, ‘If you do not get up we will electrify you again.’”
Albert, 40, a father of six, said that he was being expelled because of pure vindictiveness, after he had spoken out in public and written articles against the IDF’s policies vis-a-vis the resurgent Arab terrorism.
Irit told Arutz Sheva earlier this week that the couple has no idea why the order was issued.
“Other than the words ‘resolute security considerations,’ the order contains no explanation,” she said. “It is all classified material, for security reasons. No one knows. The judge doesn’t know, the prosecutor doesn’t know, it’s all classified. No resident in the country can be distanced without providing a reason, only we residents of Judea and Samaria.”
The Women in Green grassroots Zionist organization strongly condemned Albert’s arrest, which it described as “scandalous”.
“Women in Green strongly condemn the scandalous arrest of Boaz Albert, a resident of Yitzhar, a father of six, who was arrested last night in a violent military operation in which security forces shot him and his brother with iron arrows from a taser gun and wounded him,” the organization said in a statement. “All this because of Albert’s ‘crime’ of refusing to obey to the immoral and anti-democratic edict of expulsion that was given out to him. These expulsion orders are used solely against Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria and not against Arab stone-throwers nor against the European anarchists that attack soldiers.
“We call upon the Land of Israel Knesset members to intervene immediately for the release of Boaz and to enable him, after medical treatment, to go back to his family at his home in Yitzhar.”