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Israeli Prohibitions Against Free Expression and "Enemy Alien" Contacts

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The courts acted complicitly by abandoning the principle of individual examination, agreeing to the wholesale arrest of suspects, and claiming these were "offenses specific to the times." In addition, minors were treated the same as adults, and some judges openly supported the war.

For example, in the Nazareth Magistrates Court, two decisions affecting four suspects were completely identical, word for word, showing justice there was a travesty.

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Demonstrators Attest to Police Violence

Despite protesting peacefully, they were arrested solely because of their presence to create panic and deter others from similar efforts.

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Wherever protests were held, police dispersed them forcefully, on the pretext that they were participating in a forbidden gathering. In fact, none of them required a permit because they're not required under Israeli law. Police nonetheless demanded them, then assaulted demonstrators on grounds of "rioting and disturbing the peace." Arrests and injuries resulted. Instead of maintaining order and ensuring free expression, police used force and violence to silence protests and keep them from inspiring others.

Shabak Harassment and Surveillance

Israel's internal security service (also known as Shin Bet) participated by investigating dozens of political activists who participated. They were interrogated and threatened with prosecution if they didn't cease and desist. The Attorney General backed the action, saying it was necessary to calm the situation because Israel was at war.

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Academic Support for the War and Repressing Free Expression

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