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AG: Shouting `Sharon is a dictator´ not incitement (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Yuval Yoaz 05/20/05)Source: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/578283.html HA'ARETZ} NEWS SERVICE HA'ARETZ} NEWS SERVICE Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
Shouting "Sharon is a dictator" does not constitute criminal incitement, and one cannot be indicted for shouting out this phrase or flying a banner to that effect, Attorney General Menachem Mazuz said yesterday.

Responding to a query by MK Aryeh Eldad, the Justice Ministry announced that banners carrying slogans of "Sharon is a dictator," "The transfer won´t pass," and "Disengagement tears the people apart," or wearing orange T-shirts with the words "Gush Katif," do not constitute incitement or incitement to rebellion.

Eldad wrote to Mazuz early in the week asking for "clarifications" regarding the legitimate forms of public protest against the disengagement. He said "cases of extreme limits of the freedom of speech are on the increase."

In his response, the attorney general said, "while the government generally adopts a policy of restraint regarding verbal expression, acts like pushing, spitting, throwing stones at a soldier or policemen, and certainly more serious expressions of violence, are not a matter of ´freedom of speech,´ and regarding these the law will be severely enforced." (© Copyright 2005 Haaretz. 05/20/05)

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