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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)

Economy and Society: October 28, 2012

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Seven government offices, including the Prime Minister’s Office, did not publish an annual report, as mandated by the Freedom of Information Act, even though the reports should have been published in July.

(Hebrew – News1)

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October 28th, 2012 at 8:01 am

Media: January 25, 2012

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Israel dropped six spots in Journalists Without Borders’ annual press freedom report, reaching 92nd place out of 179 countries.  According to the organization, the drop has two main reasons: the legal proceedings against Uri Blau and Anat Kam and the recent amendment to the libel law.

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January 25th, 2012 at 10:22 am

Economy and Society: December 28, 2011

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The Israel National Council for the Child annual report indicates that one third of children in Israel live below the poverty line, and a fifth of Israeli children are known to welfare services.  Furthermore, there is an increase in the number of children who have fallen victim to physical and sexual abuse.

 

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December 28th, 2011 at 10:22 pm