Police violence against Tel Aviv protesters should raise the alarm with Israel´s authorities (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Or Kashti 06/24/12)
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Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch should not be allowed
to forget these pictures, nor should Police Commissioner Yohanan
Danino or Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai (a retired brigadier general):
Five police special unit officers – maybe six – drag protest leader
Daphne Leef out of a group of demonstrators on Rothschild Blvd. in
Tel Aviv and onto the opposite sidewalk.
Leef, in a blue shirt, is thrown to the ground. A few meters away,
municipal inspectors and Huldai´s "Green Patrol" help the police push
back the protesters. Every few minutes Leef tries to raise her hands
and protect herself from the shoves and kicks, to no avail.
In the background, the crowd repeatedly shouts one word: Democracy.
This horrific sight lasted for many minutes, until Leef was
forcefully taken to a nearby police vehicle. No one should ever
ignore or repress these pictures.
If the prospect of a renewed summer social protest needed a little
spark to get angry, raging Israelis back on the street, the police´s
special unit officers and Huldai´s municipal inspectors generously
provided just that; the disproportional use of force against Leef –
one woman vs. five-six officers, and later against other protesters –
tainted the events on Rotchild. The brutality from above was not only
direct, it was public and unabashed. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz
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