High Court says Ben Gvir violating ruling not to interfere with policing protests

National Security Itamar Ben Gvir, left, and Coastal Region Police Commander Yoram Sofer present a new proposal to eradicate crime in the Arab community, in Jerusalem on August 17, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
National Security Itamar Ben Gvir, left, and Coastal Region Police Commander Yoram Sofer present a new proposal to eradicate crime in the Arab community, in Jerusalem on August 17, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The High Court of Justice issues an interim injunction barring National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir from giving operational orders to police forces regarding how they manage demonstrations and the use of force during protests.

The court ruled in March that the far-right minister was not allowed to issue such orders and today finds that Ben Gvir has violated the ruling.

An appeal was filed by human rights groups after Ben Gvir recently tried to block an anti-war protest in Tel Aviv.

The court ruled that Ben Gvir “must refrain from giving operational instructions and instructions to the police regarding the implementation of his policy regarding the exercise of the right to demonstration and freedom of protest.”

The ultranationalist minister has been accused in the past of trying to repress mass protests against the government — particularly its judicial overhaul plans — by ordering the police to use tougher methods of crowd dispersal.

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