A-G: Gov't can't predict regulations needed for riots

September 25, 2011 17:55

In response on Sunday to rights groups' fears over proposed emergency police powers to deal with possible disturbances following the Palestinian statehood bid, the Attorney General's office said the government had discussed various options to deal with potential emergency situations.

However, in a written statement to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRl), assistant Attorney General Oren Pono noted that since it is impossible to predict what, if any, emergency situation the country faced, the government would only be able to decide which of those options was appropriate if and when such a situation arose.

Pono's response came after attorneys at the ACRI called on Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to shelve proposed Public Security Ministry plans for emergency regulations giving police additional authority to deal with potential riots.

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