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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)

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.