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  • Tens of thousands protest Israel's 'Crime Minister': Will it matter?

    Nobody expected Saturday's demonstration to be so enormous, but everyone was angry. Creative expressions of frustration were everywhere and demonstrators vowed to continue the protests — but what impact will they have?  What started as a ripple on Israeli social media networks over the weekend burst out into a full-blown, massive demonstration against the government on Saturday night, in the heart of Tel Aviv, under the title of “the walk of shame.” Israeli news outlets estimated that tens of thousands turned out spontaneously to vent their anger against government corruption. [tmwinpost] Police closed off sections of Rothschild Boulevard and surrounding streets for part…

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  • Legal bullying in the service of the prime minister

    The Knesset is fast-tracking legislation to hobble and hide corruption investigations against Netanyahu. The bill would further erode Israeli democracy, training citizens to accept that they do not have the right to know the facts about their leaders. The Knesset raced toward adopting a law this week intended to constrain Israeli police from making recommendations about indictments based on its investigations, and to keep the findings of those investigations from the public. The law would apply retroactively to the current investigations involving the Prime Minister. [tmwinpost] The bill represents another blow to democratic practice in Israel, along with laws in recent…

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  • State Atty. says Liberman's 'cut off their heads' not necessarily violent

    At an election event earlier this year the foreign minister said that disloyal Arab citizens of Israel should be decapitated. The State Attorney declines to investigate, exposing a glaring disparity in the freedom of speech — and incitement — granted to Jewish and Arab politicians. On March 8, 2015, at a pre-election conference at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, then-Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said about Arab citizens of Israel: Those who support us should get everything – up to half the kingdom. As for those who are against us, there is no other option before us – we must raise the…

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  • Former Israeli AG: We should have evicted Hebron settlers

    In an interview, former Israeli attorney general Michael Ben-Yair says he considers the situation in Hebron a form of Apartheid, refers to 'Price Tag' attacks as Jewish terrorism and regrets consenting to the construction of West Bank bypass roads for settlers. By Yossi Gurvitz, for Yesh Din About a month ago, I met with Michael Ben-Yair for an in-depth interview offering him a chance to share his thoughts on issues of highest national importance. Ben-Yair is best known to the public as a former attorney general who served in that position under Rabin’s second government. He is also a member…

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  • Israel's AG is not representing the public interest

    When the State defends illegal outposts in the High Court, it tends to mislead – since it prefers the interests of the government over those of the public. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz Last week, a new low was reached in the relationship between the State and the courts. In a judgment of a High Court of Justice petition filed by Peace Now and dealing with the non-evacuation of six outposts, Deputy Chief Justice Miriam Naor wrote the following: “I am sorry we have reached this point. I am sorry that promises made by the State to the Court…

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  • An open letter to the incoming interior minister

    Dear Honorable Minister, Following coalition negotiations, free of Natan Eshel and other evils, you will be sworn in as Israel's interior minister. Having seen the hardships faced by a number of Israel's interior ministers, let us give you three recommendations to ensure that your tenure is pleasant: 1. Don't let lawyers shape policy for you. As we are afflicted with the severe defect of legal thought and reasoning, let us assure you that the lawyers around you will always try to take the reigns to determine policy and dictate your conduct, under the guise of legal advice (sometimes in the…

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  • Olmert acquitted on major criminal charges

    JERUSALEM - Ehud Olmert, a former Israeli Prime Minister, has been acquitted of criminal charges in two out of out three cases in a rare triple trial. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert emerged from the Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday morning promising this will not be the last the public hears from him. With his trademark smile on his face towards the end of his comments to the press, Olmert  said he felt vindicated by the decision delivered by a "respectable" court. Olmert repeatedly stated "there were no envelopes, there were no envelopes," a reference to the accusations he…

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