Slippery Slope

Notes From a Crumbling Democracy

Internal Security: December 4, 2011

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A new report by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel shows that the police consistently restricts the freedom of expression and freedom of assembly of people trying to protest through various methods: evicting tent cities, arresting protesters and forcing them to promise not to attend future protests, and summoning activists to warning talks by police or Internal Security officers.  In addition, many cases of police officers violating the law by confronting protesters without name tags and sometimes even with masked faces have been documented.  The report refers to the situation of Palestinians from the Occupied Territories as well.  The Association points out that the Israeli authorities deny Palestinians their freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, by declaring every protest as an illegal gathering and dispersing it using various crowd dispersal methods.

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