Is freedom of expression a leftist privilege?

Leftists pushing to return protests to Attorney General's home say right-wing party cannot join appeal; Supreme Court rules otherwise.

Eliran Aharon,

Itamar Ben-Gvir
Itamar Ben-Gvir
Eliran Aharon

Israel's Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed members of the Otzma Yehudit party to join the leftist protesters' appeal against the court decision not to allow protests outside Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit's home.

The Supreme Court's decision was made despite vehement protests from the left, whose protesters sent an "urgent" appeal to the Supreme Court requesting a different ruling.

Late Tuesday night, Movement for Government Quality protesters requested right-wing activists not be allowed to join the protesters' appeal, since the leftist protesters oppose them.

In a counter-letter, attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir noted that the leftists had not read his request, since if they had, they would have noticed that their protest was mentioned. On Wednesday, a judge agreed to allow the right-wing activists to join the anti-protesters in the court discussion on Thursday.

"It's sad to see that the leftists think the right to freedom of expression is something which only applies to leftists," Ben-Gvir said. "Their hypocrisy is clear as day, but we would like to be able to protest outside Mandelblit's home, since we take issue with his indifference to Amona, his stance regarding the Regulation Law, and the administrative detention orders used against right-wing activists."

Last week, Supreme Court judges on Thursday night decided that the protests held outside Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit's Petah Tikva home every Saturday night will be moved to a nearby park.

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