In response to a petition to the High Court of Justice by far-right activists seeking to march in an Arab village in northern Israel, the police have retracted their opposition in principle to the march but have recommended a different route.
The activists, including former MK Dr. Michael Ben Ari, Baruch Marzel, Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, and Bentzi Gopstein, have said they will examine the new proposals and inform the court whether or not the new route is acceptable to them. Following the terrorist attack perpetrated by Nashet Milhem on Dizengoff street in Tel Aviv in January in which three people were killed, the activists issued a request to the Coastal District Police to march through Milhem’s village of Ara in the Haifa District, and past the house of his parents where he took shelter after the attack.
The police refused saying that the march would offend the residents of the village and could lead to disturbances of the public order.
At a hearing in the High Court on Monday, Ben-Gvir argued that this refusal contravened the right to freedom of expression and said that such a stance would constitute a victory for the threat of violence to the right to protest. The state attorney’s office recommended a new route that would provide the required balances between freedom of expression and preserving the public order.
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