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Freedom of expression is under administrative detention

By David Ha'ivri
5/22/2014, 3:05 PM

Detention for citizens the police think might consider protesting the Pope's upcoming visit to our land.

How does that work within "the only democracy in the Middle East"?

What happened to freedom of speech? And what about the concept of being "innocent until being proven guilty"?

Where are all the civil rights NGOs now? Why don't we see statements of disapproval for our government's trampling of the basic
rights of these individuals, wh​​o are being detained and denied freedom of ex‎pression with no fair trial or open legal proceedings?

Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), Betzelim, and Rabbis for Human Rights are all suddenly silent when the victims of administrative orders are Jewish activists and not Arabs. Does that not show a type of ethnic discrimination in these organizations' policies?

Banning all voices of protest by Jewish citizens against the Pope's visit to Israel is in itself a mark of shame on the State of Israel. The Jewish people suffered nearly two millennia of oppression under the direction and blessing of the Vatican. Protesting the Pope's visit to the Jewish State would be only a small token to vent some of pain of the Jewish people. That is totally legitimate and should be welcomed, not banned in the framework of freedom of ex‎pression.

Screen-shot from Mickey Rosenfeld's Twitter feed