Israel Police officials sued for ‘policy of apartheid’ against those who condemn pride parade

Seven people have come together to file a lawsuit against senior officials within the Israel Police after they were taken in for questioning during the 2016 Jerusalem Pride Parade. According to the plaintiffs, the police actions were part of its “policy of apartheid” against those who do not support the parade.
Pride Parade Photo Credit: Gili Yari/Flash 90

At the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court today (Tuesday), a lawsuit was filed against Israel Police Chief Roni Alsheikh, Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram Halevy and several other police officials over the law enforcement agency’s conduct during last year’s Gay Pride Parade in Israel’s capital. The lawsuit was filed by seven people, all of whom were taken in for questioning by police officers during the parade. The plaintiffs are claiming that the measures that were taken against them were illegal and part of a “policy of apartheid” just because they are religious and right-wing voters who do not support the parade.

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir submitted the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs. “Unfortunately for the plaintiffs, it appears that the Israel Police officers were not made aware of the enactment of the Basic Laws in the State of Israel,” the lawsuit claims. The lawsuit also states that the illegal policy of the Israel Police ahead and during the parade created “great panic.” In addition, the plaintiffs claim that the police carried out false arrests.

“The Israel Police crossed red lines and led a racist policy,” stated Ben-Gvir. “It interests me to see whether all those human rights and democracy knights will come out against the policy of silencing and persecution at the pride parade against those who don’t support the parade or whose only sin is that they wear a kippa.”

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