Uri Avnery: Police offensive against New Profile activists – a violation
This assault on the adherents of peace and democracy follows after
Lieberman took over the police and state prosecution.
"The police assault on activists of 'New Profile' and 'The Center for the
Defence of the Individual', the detention of activists, among them
grandmothers, and confiscation of computers constitutes a severe attack on
the Freedom of Speech in Israel" warns Uri Avnery of the Gush Shalom
movement. "The activity of New Profile – an organization which opposes
the militarism of Israeli society and gives counseling to Conscientious
Objectors – is considered by the police to be 'incitng to shirking' - a
severe legal charge.
Just a few weeks have passed since the Netanyahu-Lieberman government took
office (or should one say Lieberman-Netanyahu) – and already a brute
offensive is launched against the adherents of peace and democracy. Indeed,
the appointment of the new Minister of Police was from the ranks of the
party headed by Lieberman.
Details from the New Profile press release:
This morning police descended upon the homes of activists in New Profile, a
feminist movement whose proclaimed aim is "civil-ization of society in
Israel" and "opposition to the undue influence of the military on daily
life". Five activists were detained and interrogated in the Ramat Hachiyal
Police Station. Amongst those interrogated: Analeen Kish, aged 70, a
ceramics artist, daughter of a family of the “Righteous among the
Nations” who converted to Judaism after her marriage to Holocaust
survivor Dr. Eldad Kish, active in organizations of Dutch Holocaust
survivors in Israel. Additionally detained for interrogation were Amir
Givol, a resident of Jerusalem, Sergei Sandler, a resident of Be'er Sheva,
and Roni Barkan, a resident of Tel Aviv. ' The computers of all those
interrogated were taken by the police, as were computers belonging to their
partners and children – in once case the computer of a fourth grade
pupil, the daughter of one of those interrogated. The computers of family
members were returned after the activists were released on bail.
All five were interrogated station in the Yarkon Region of the police. At
the conclusion of the interrogation they were released on bail and under
"limiting conditions" – in particular, a prohibition upon making contact
with other members of the movement during the next 30 days, which implies a
severe disruption and partial paralysis of its activities.
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