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Economy and Society: February 23, 2013

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A new report by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) concludes that people and organizations with economic means use libel (SLAPP) suits to silence criticism. Attorney Avner Pinchuk, the report’s author, claims that “the primary effect of these law suits is not legal but public: a silencing of criticism leveled against the plaintiff, and harming of those who interfere with his affairs. (ACRI)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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February 23rd, 2013 at 10:03 am

Internal Security: December 16, 2012

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According to the 2012 Report on the State of Human Rights in Israel and the OPT, compiled by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the police, in an unprecedented move, summoned activists to illegal questioning sessions about their plans for future protests and even about the content of the protest signs they planned to hold.  The police also set unlawful and unreasonable demands as preconditions for a demonstration permit.  In addition, this year again saw reports of police officers refusing to identify themselves during demonstrations, a violation of police regulations, as well as many reports of officers dispersing demonstrations and arresting demonstrators without legal cause and with the use of excessive force. (ACRI)

(Hebrew – ACRI)

Closed Society: December 16, 2012

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According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel’s (ACRI) annual report on the State of Human Rights in Israel and the OPT 2012, the Ministry of Interior’s procedure for granting asylum in Israel is inconsistent with international standards.  Furthermore, the procedure violates the right of claim of asylum seekers; asylum interviews are unfair, humiliating and threatening, and the research concerning the asylum seekers’ countries of origin is biased, selective and unprofessional.  In the two years in which the Ministry has been processing asylum requests, only a single person was recognized as a refugee, out of approximately 8,000 asylum reqeusts. (ACRI)

(Hebrew – ACRI)

Closed Society: December 16, 2012

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According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel’s (ACRI) Annual Report on the State of Human Rights in Israel and the OPT 2012, the past year has seen a record in incitement and violence towards asylum seekers.  Fire bombs were thrown at homes and a kindergarden for the children of asylum seekers, apartments of asylum seekers were torched, and asylum seekers were stabbed.  Public figures and senior government officials made racist remarks, declaring that asylum seekers are criminals and that they spread disease. (ACRI)

(Hebrew – ACRI)

Local Government: December 16, 2012

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According to the 2012 annual report on the state of human rights in Israel, compiled by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), new regulations were adopted in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem which significantly limit the right to protest, by requiring special permits in order to set up tents as well as for other protest actions.  In Tel-Aviv, the municipality acted in an unequal manner toward activists with different agendas.  In Jerusalem, a protest encampment set up by social activists was dismantled, while its occupants’ personal belongings were confiscated. (ACRI)

(Hebrew – ACRI)

Closed Society: November 21, 2012

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The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) has written to the President of Haifa University, Amos Shapira, following his decision to suspend public activities on campus.  The Association claims that the decision is an disproportionate attack on freedom of expression and is in violation of the university charter and past court decisions.

(Hebrew – News1)

 

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November 21st, 2012 at 11:37 am

Internal Security: June 6, 2012

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B’Tselem and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) have filed an appeal against the decision of the Police Investigations Unit (PIU) to close three cases that were opened following complaints it had received, and asked to copy the investigative files on behalf of the complainants.  Studying of the files has shown faults in the PIU treatment of the cases.  In two of the cases attorney Gabi Lasky has filed an appeal to the State’s Attorney on behalf of B’Tselem.  Another case has been transferred to ACRI which has filed an additional appeal. (B’Tselem)

(Hebrew - B’Tselem)

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June 6th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

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.

Political: 20th December, 2010

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The government asks the Knesset to approve a bill, which will create a special court for foreigners affairs, who will have the sole responsibility for judging non-citizens residing in Israel. ACRI has warned that “the government decided to create its own court, where it will sit in judgment on itself. The new court will be wholly under the authority and accountability of the Ministry of Justice, and will cancel in practice the principle of separation of powers. It will also prevent independent judicial criticism of the activity of the Ministry of the Interior, and will harm human rights”. (Hebrew)

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December 21st, 2010 at 6:58 am

Closed Society: 12th December, 2010

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The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) published a part of their “Democracy Status: 2010” report, dealing with freedom of information. According to the released chapter, “the democratic space in Israel keeps shrinking, and the freedom of protesting is no longer taken for granted”. The report mentions the police’s prohibition of holding demonstrations in Bnei Brak, Um Al Fahm and Me’ah She’Arim, as well as bills intended to reduce the freedom of protesting. Inter alia, the report criticizes police behavior during demonstrations, accusing it of using excessive force against protesters, and arresting them without any legal cause. (Hebrew, and full chapter here in Hebrew PDF form).

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December 12th, 2010 at 6:34 am