Social protests yelling 521.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Israel is restricting the right to freedom of expression among its citizens and Palestinians, according to a report published on Sunday by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
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a wide range of topics, the "Snapshot" report draws attention to police
efforts to limit freedom of expression among settlers, Palestinians,
and the social justice protesters who took to the streets last summer.
It mentions the officers' illegal practice of dispersing crowds while
masked and without wearing identification tags.
The document also
censures new "anti-democratic legislation that threatens to limit the
freedoms of the individual, in order to disrupt the activities of human
rights organizations and threaten anyone giving criticism with
The association drew attention to conditions in Israel's prisons,
explaining that detainees have been denied due process and inmates are
not provided with their basic needs. Despite the legal requirement for
police to avoid arresting minors whenever possible, the report read, it has become the norm in certain areas.
According to ACRI director, Hagai Elad, "Last summer, we saw more and
more how citizens are seeking to become active partners in shaping
reality, in order to actualize human rights and social justice in
Israel. We hope that the 'Snapshot' report will inspire public
discussion and will help to bring the desired change."