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2022-09-29T19:48:00.662Z

Israel Railways security guards prevented Hadash-Ta'al operators from entering the station in Jerusalem. Only after an intervention by MKs in front of Transport Minister Michaeli, their entry was allowed, after an hour. About a month ago, when a similar incident occurred at a station in Tel Aviv, Michaeli promised a public space "safe in every sense, including one in which all opinions are expressed"



Security guards prevented left-wing activists from entering a train in Jerusalem - because of a sign inside a bag

Israel Railways security guards prevented Hadash-Ta'al operators from entering the station in Jerusalem.

Only after an intervention by MKs in front of Transport Minister Michaeli, their entry was allowed, after an hour. About a month ago, when a similar incident occurred at a station in Tel Aviv, Michaeli promised a public space "safe in every sense, including one in which all opinions are expressed"

Yoav Itiel

09/29/2022

Thursday, September 29, 2022, 9:36 p.m. Updated: 10:42 p.m.

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In the video: Light rail security guards in Jerusalem prevented BLD operators from entering the station (use according to Article 27 A of the Copyright Law)

Today (Thursday), security guards at the train station in Jerusalem prevented Hadash-Ta'al operators from entering the train station in Jerusalem, because they were carrying an election campaign sign in a bag.

The station manager backed up the security guards, and expelled the activists from the place due to their political identification.



In the documentation of the event, the activists are seen when one of the security guards prevents them from entering the train.

In a conversation with the police officer who arrived at the scene, the activists claim that they are discriminated against because of the party they support and claimed that "if it was a sign of another party this would not have happened".

In response, the policewoman replied that these were the instructions for the security personnel, and that they were acting according to the procedures.



The Hadash-Ta'al party stated that following the intervention of Knesset members, who urgently contacted the Minister of Transportation, Rav Michaeli, and provided her with documentation from the incident, the activists were allowed to enter the station after about an hour.

The sign following which the activists were not allowed to enter the train (photo: Walla! system, use according to Section 27 A of the Copyright Law)

About a month ago, a similar incident occurred, when security guards prevented left-wing activists from entering a train station in Tel Aviv, an incident that resulted in the Minister of Transportation apologizing on behalf of Israel Railways.

"I apologize to the passenger who suffered this injustice, and promise that I will continue to work with all my might to make public transportation and the public space a safe space in every sense, including one in which all opinions are expressed, without incitement and without threatening the safety of anyone," the minister wrote on her Twitter account its.



Also, in response to the case, Michaeli said that "the security guard sinned against his duty, conducted himself in a disgraceful manner and harmed the public's trust, so he will be suspended from his position."

She assured that "there is and will be no tolerance for such behavior. In light of this serious incident" and said that she demanded from the railway directorate to hold a "thorough inquiry into the behavior of the security guard", and instructed to issue a clarification of procedures that would prevent similar incidents in the future.



Israel Railways said in reference to today's event that "in accordance with the law during an election period, it is not possible to enter the railway premises with propaganda materials".

The Minister of Transportation Marvmichaeli did not comment on the incident.

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The Hadash-Ta'al party stated that "there is a price for incitement. We will not be silent against racism and violence and we will not give up any arena in the fight for equality. The Ministry of Transportation has repeatedly failed to ensure the freedom of expression and movement of left-wing activists - and we will continue to fight and win to preserve them."



MK Aida Toma-Soliman said: "Merav Michaeli needs to put an end to the misbehavior of the Ministry of Transportation security guards who understand their role as political censorship instead of protecting us all.

I am glad that after our intervention the Israel Railways and Merav Michaeli's office decided to withdraw from their scandalous decision and admit the activists.

We will continue to fight for justice and equality everywhere"



MK Kasif said: "Political incitement is running rampant and out of control. I will continue to stand by the Hadash-Ta'al activists who illuminate the message of peace, equality and social justice everywhere in the country."

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