Knesset members prohibited from participating in demonstration outside attorney general's home

After illegal demonstrations outside Israel's Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit's house erupted into clashes with police, the Knesset's Legal Advisor ruled that Knesset members would not be allowed to participate, though their immunity still remained in effect.
Hundreds demonstrate against Mandelblit's policy on Netanyahu investigations Photo Credit: Roy Alima, Flash 90/Channel 2 News

In light of the violent demonstrations outside Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s house, in which 20 protestors were detained after breaking the police perimeter, Knesset Legal Advisor Eyal Yinon said on Tuesday that Knesset members are prohibited from participating in these demonstrations, which have been ruled illegal by the Israeli Supreme Court. Despite the prohibition, any MK who chooses to participate may not be arrested or detained due to their immunity.

Hundreds of Israelis took to the streets of Petah Tikvah outside Mandelblit’s home this past weekend to protest his silence on the Netanyahu corruption investigations.

In a letter Yinon sent to Knesset members, he mentioned the Supreme Court ruling issued in April stating that demonstrating outside the homes of public servants has been prohibited in respect for their right to privacy and in order to prevent possible harm. Yinon reminded the MKs that police are enforcing this court ruling and have prohibited the demonstration via a physical blockade.

"Now there are MKs who are arguing against the police’s enforcement of the court’s ruling, and they want to protest the exaggerated violation of their right to demonstrate, as they claim," Yinon said referring to Zionist Camp and Meretz MKs who joined the demonstrations.

However, due to Knesset member’s substantive immunity, the question arose whether they could participate despite the prohibition. Yinon determined that though their immunity could not justify their participation, it would be impossible to arrest them, even if they are breaking the law.

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