State to High Court: Shin Bet to tone down questioning political activists

Under the pressure of a petition from an NGO, the state told the High Court of Justice on Tuesday that the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) will be less aggressive in questioning political activists.

The NGO, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) filed the petition in 2013 to fight what it viewed as attempts to oppress free speech and political action and viewed the announcement as a mixed bag of success and defeat.

On one hand, the Shin Bet has committed to telling political activists who it considers subversive and potential troublemakers, but not terrorists, that when it summons them for informal meetings, they do not need to come.


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