Shaham approved as police deputy despite protests

The High Court of Justice approved police Lt.-Cmdr. Niso Shaham as Jerusalem District assistant commander on Monday, overturning several petitions protesting the appointment because of derogatory statements Shaham made during the disengagement. Shaham was filmed in 2005 telling a border policeman during an anti-disengagement rally in Kfar Maimon to "hit [the protesters] with clubs, if necessary, and aim low." He also said, "Let them burn," and directed vulgar remarks at the protesters. The court ruled on Monday that Shaham's 2005 statements did not have to block his advancement in the police force. Shaham will begin his new position immediately.