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Traffic-blocking girls released after spending 39 days in custody
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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: Izenberg, Dan
Date: Aug 8, 2005
Start Page: 02
Section: News
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In her ruling ordering the girls to stay in jail, Procaccia wrote that the street demonstrations bent on overturning the disengagement decision were a threat to democracy. "The struggle frequently exceeds the limits of freedom of speech and demonstration permitted by law," she wrote. "It spills over into serious violations of the law, which are meant to use violence to prevent the government from implementing policy established within democratic process." But Procaccia, like the Tel Aviv Juvenile Court which first upheld the girls' remand, stressed that the state should find a reasonable alternative to jail.

Over the past week, hundreds of posters appeared in Jerusalem demanding the release of the girls, aged 13, 14 and 16. The campaign began after Supreme Court Justice Ayala Procaccia on July 17 overturned a lower court decision to allow the 13-year-old to be released from jail and be placed under house arrest. It was organized by Yekutiel Ben-Ya'acov, a.k.a. Mike Guzovsky, the former head of the New York branch of [Kach]. He now lives in the settlement of Kfar Tapuah with a group of about 10 families, most of whom moved there in 1990, after the assassination of Kach founder Meir Kahane.

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