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Police arrest East Jerusalem man who gave them the finger; judge frees him

Police yesterday arrested an East Jerusalem resident after he allegedly raised a middle finger at them while driving past officers in the Old City, Haaretz reports.

Police first asked a court to remand the man for five days for insulting a public official, then downgraded the demand to a release under certain limitations.

However, a judge at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court rejected the request and freed the man on bail without limitations.

His attorney Riyad Sawad said: “If every person who gives police the finger is arrested, half the country will be detained.”

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