MK to be held in contempt for ´defamatory´ posters? (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Aviad Glickman Published: 05.09.12, 19:41)
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Courts administration seeks investigation against MK Ben Ari for
distributing posters depicting judges wearing keffiyehs. MK Ben
Ari: ´Keffiyeh isn´t an insult´
An adviser to the courts administration urged Attorney General Yehuda
Weinstein on Wednesday to launch an investigation against Knesset
Member Michael Ben Ari (National Union), who was responsible for the
distribution of posters that allegedly disparaged the High Court of
In a letter obtained by Ynet, Attorney Barak Lazer claimed that the
posters, which were hung across Jerusalem, depicted High Court
justices wearing keffiyehs and featured the slogan "If there is no
loyalty, there is no justice."
Lazer posited that the ads were made in protest against the court´s
decision to deny the State´s petition to postpone the eviction of the
residents of Ulpana, a neighborhood built on contested land in the
West Bank settlement of Beit El.
Lazer wrote that the posters appear to incite mutiny, and could
warrant a contempt of court charge.
"The leveling of such defamatory statements and incitement against
the Supreme Court – the institution and the judges – is outrageous
and intolerable," he wrote. "(…) An attempt to delegitimize the
courts system and its judges, and to ascribe inappropriate intentions
while slandering judges due to a decision that was made at their
professional discretion, must be viewed gravely – all the more so
when it is done by a public official."
´Courts are racist´
MK Ben Ari dismissed the accusations.
"I don’t understand what´s wrong with putting a Keffiyeh on a judge,"
he said. " The thought that a keffiyeh is some kind of an insult
indicates that the spirit of racism has reached the courts
"I wish the police would open the investigation; it would allow me
the opportunity to teach the courts administration a lesson in
democracy," he added. "It´s funny that the same court officials who
fight for the freedom of expression are seeking silence when it comes
to legitimate criticism of judges." Itamar Fleishman contributed to
the report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/09/12)
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