Baseless detentions in Jerusalem on day of Pride March

Updated: Jan 27


Honenu Attorney Moshe Poleski; Photo credit: Honenu
Honenu Attorney Moshe Poleski; Photo credit: Honenu

Honenu has represented many citizens whose fundamental rights, including freedom of expression and freedom of protest, have been violated with regard to pride marches. Please click here for a list of relevant posts.


Sunday, June 28, 2020, 20:37 On the evening of Sunday, June 28, residents of Jerusalem and visitors who were detained in the city due to the Pride March taking place at the time, contacted Honenu’s headquarters for legal assistance. All of the detainees were taken to a police station and held without having committed a crime and without cause. Honenu Attorney Moshe Poleski assisted the detainees. Among the incidents: Someone eating a falafel at the Mahane Yehuda market was detained and taken to the Russian Compound. A young man on his way home from work to the Beit Yisrael neighborhood, just outside of Me’ah She’arim, was detained for no reason. A hareidi youth was detained while holding a protest sign in the area of Mamilla Mall in Jerusalem. Shmuel (Zangi) Meidad, the director of Honenu: “The Israeli Police are in a state of insanity. There is no justice, no law, no human rights, and no judge, only insanity in the capital of Israel. Unfortunately there is no responsible adult, and no-one to raise the cry of those whose rights are being trampled.”

The flier
Honenu flier in support of the printing house

See here for a case of six right-wing activists who were brutally detained while protesting the 2019 Jerusalem Pride March and are suing the police for false detention and severe violation of their freedoms of expression and protest. See here for a case of printing house owners who appealed to the Be’er Sheva District Court regarding a ruling which obligates them to compensate Israel’s LGBT Task Force over refusal to print material which violates the owners’ beliefs. See here for a report of the complaint Honenu Attorney Menashe Yado filed with the Israeli Police Legal Advisor over violations by policemen of fundamental rights of opponents to the Pride March. In addition to the complaint, a civil suit was filed over the police conduct.

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