Director and creator Hagi Levy (Photo: Jojo Wilden/HBO)
Creator and director Hagi Levy was detained this evening (Thursday) in a prison while participating in a demonstration on Shaul Hamelech Street in Tel Aviv, during which he documented aggressive behavior on the part of the police.
After about two hours he was released from the prison.
Levy is one of the most successful and respected Israeli creators in the world.
Behind him are series such as "In Care", "The Boys", "Photos from Married Life" and "The Novel" - for which he won the Golden Globe Award.
"There was a relatively small demonstration in Shaul Hamelech corner of Begin," says Levy to Walla!
"At a certain point it seemed to me that they got tired of containing it, and they demanded that everyone get on the sidewalk. There was the officer who threw the grenade at another demonstration. I had already seen him at previous demonstrations, I had the feeling that he had calmed down, but tonight he once again lost his temper a little in my opinion, Then they started arresting protesters. I filmed them arresting people, and it seems to me that it didn't sit well with them. Officially, it's because I was standing on the road, when they wanted everyone to get on the sidewalk,
"I was in the cell of the prison for about two hours. It's a bit stressful, a prison, I have to say, not fun," adds Levy, "we were about 4-5 people there. Then suddenly a message came that everyone had to be released. So they just let them go. It was disturbing Also because I'm a bit claustrophobic, and also because I left a little girl at home alone, and they wouldn't let me call her. They didn't take me to a police station, and you'll hear that some people are detained overnight and for longer, some people are beaten. I got off cheaply. I filmed a rather harsh arrest there, and we'll see To me, that's a little bit why they got mad at me. It wasn't that pleasant."
The delay occurred on the same day that he returned from the Series Mania television festival in France, where he spoke to journalists about the situation in Israel, and among other things told them that when doing co-productions with Israel or cooperating with it, one should check whether the entities they work with, funds or channels, are not places that limit the Freedom of speech under government pressure.
"The arrest happened after I returned to Israel at four o'clock in the morning from the Series Mania festival. I came there mainly to talk about it. I had a press party there with Ron Leshem, we gave everyone a background and explained to everyone what was happening here. On the one hand, it was a direct and natural continuation of the talk, on the other hand Second, because I haven't been here for a few days, it seems strange to me."
In total, 76 people were arrested or detained today in the "National Paralysis Day" demonstrations against the legal revolution in Tel Aviv alone.
Of these, 73 were released under limited conditions and three will be brought before a judge tomorrow to discuss the extension of their detention.
The revolution planned by the government includes a series of significant changes in the legal system, such as a determination that only an expanded composition of the High Court of Justice can invalidate legislation passed by the Knesset. Another step of the revolution, designed to strengthen the government's hand vis-à-vis the court, is the establishment of a superseding clause that will nullify decisions of the High Court by a majority of only 61 members of the Knesset, as well as changing the composition of the committee for the selection of judges so that it is fully controlled by the coalition.
The reform also deals with weakening the power of the legal advisors to the government, so that their position will not bind the government, and with eliminating the reason for reasonableness, which, among other things, significantly limits the court's ability to intervene in the appointment of senior officials.
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