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Judge Rules Compensation to Israeli Student Arrested For Protesting Gaza War.

Be'er Sheva -- PNN -- Israeli judge Sara Haviv ruled on Sunday to compensate a Ben-Gurion University student for having his legal right to demonstrate violated. Ran Tzoref, a student at Ben-Gurion University, was protesting against Operation Cast Lead two years ago when he was arrested. The judge in the case ruled that the police would pay Tzoref NIS 12,838.Judge Haviv wrote, "The affront to the accused's freedom of expression is the most extreme affront one can imagine in a democratic country. While expressing [his views] and demonstrating, the accused's protest was interrupted in a way that was not legal and he was put under arrest."Tzoref was arrested with five other demonstrators that conducted a protest against the Israeli military in the Gaza Strip. They were indicted on charges of participating in an illegal gathering and continuing to riot after the police ordered them to leave the scene. The charges against the five other were eventually dropped, but the police insisted on pursuing the charges against Tzoref. Judge Haviv said that the significance of the right to demonstrate and express ones views is important in a democratic state. It allows citizens to express their viewpoints and participate in the exchange of ideas.

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Publication:Palestine News Network (West Bank, Palestine)
Date:Nov 3, 2010
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