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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Media shift: News opens against handicapped blocking roads

Media shift: News opens against handicapped blocking roads
Dr. Aaron Lerner 12 September 2017

After months of essentially blind support for the handicapped protesters who
have been blocking major roads for months on a daily basis Israel's top
radio station, Reshet Bet, opened its evening news programming slamming the
police for failing to enforce the law.

The program anchor noted that the spokesman for the traffic police declined
to answer questions and then complained at length that it is the
responsibility of the police to keep the roads open and that for months the
police have simply stood by as the handicapped blocked roads.

It remains to be seen if the police will change their approach.

It should be noted that the police can act in ways that don't expose them to
the bad publicity associated with removing protestors from the roads.

The protestors park their cars blocking the roads. Those same cars can be
seized after the protest - in the middle of the night - when no smartphones
are around.

Ditto for documenting the violations and applying the various penalties and
punishments that road blockers are subject to under the law.

A video of a handicapped person waiving a fine in the air they received
later won't get much distribution in social media.

Finally, there's been some confusion about the "rules of the game" for civil
disobedience: when you engaged in an act of civil disobedience you do it
while knowing and accepting that the act is punishable under the law.

So when the handicapped - or anyone else - decides that they want to block
roads as an act of civil disobedience, they are subject to the law, not
above it.

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