Against the Ben-Gvir Law: Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara issued a strong statement today against the amendment to the Police Ordinance.
"The duty of the police to exercise its powers in a professional, egalitarian and apolitical manner is a basic condition in a democratic state and a necessary guarantee for the protection of individual rights.
Even before the amendment to the ordinance, it was clear that the minister in charge of the police had the authority to set a general policy for its activities. The amendment addressed the minister's powers vaguely, without establishing balancing mechanisms to ensure the professional independence of the police.
Under these circumstances, there is grave concern about the possibility of exercising extraneous considerations when using police force, about politicization of the police, and especially about the violation of individual rights.
To the extent that the vague provisions of the amendment are given an interpretation that will ensure the principle that the Israel Police acts professionally, free of extraneous considerations, without political interference in the manner in which force is used, the amendment will meet the required constitutional standards and can be avoided."
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