AG: Shouting `Sharon is a dictator´ not incitement (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Yuval Yoaz 05/20/05)
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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
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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