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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Silencing dissent

The police paid a visit this morning to Mazkeret Batya resident Moshe Muscal, the bereaved father of IDF soldier St.-Sgt. Rafenael Muscal HY"D. The police 'wanted to know' whether Muscal planned to heckle IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz and Defense Minister Amir Comrade Peretz at Wednesday's ceremony to honor paratroopers killed in action. St.-Sgt. Rafenael Muscal, 21, was killed in action during the war in Lebanon this summer.

Muscal was prominent last week among a group of hecklers who taunted Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at a toast for Kadima Achora 'activists' in advance of the new year. Muscal, who called upon Olmert to resign, is a member of the Likud Central Committee.

According to the Jerusalem Post:
A senior officer in the Shfela Subdistrict said the visit to the bereaved family was carried out with the "maximum amount of sensitivity" to the family's pain. The officer added that the visit was mainly out of concern for the family's safety following the tumult of last week's incident, and said the police wanted to be able to plan security for the event accordingly. [If the police are so concerned for the 'family's safety,' why is there no protection outside Muscal's house now? And what would happen if Mr. Muscal decided to show up and heckle Halutz and Peretz outside the ceremony? CiJ]

Police added that they hoped Muscal would take into consideration that not all of the bereaved families at the ceremony would share his political views. Muscal said Tuesday in response to the police visit that he differentiated between a memorial ceremony held for bereaved families and a joyous event for the Kadima Party.
I wonder whether the police see that distinction and why it is therefore legitimate to demonstrate at occasions like last week's Kadima Achora social gathering. To answer my own (rhetorical) question, I doubt that they do and I doubt that they ever will.


At 4:47 AM, Blogger Yoel.Ben-Avraham said...

In a Facist state the "Forces of Law Enforcement" are dedicated to enforcing the "Will (Policy) of the State" not to defending and protecting the individuals civil liberties.

Guess which direction the Israel Police lean?


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