Weekly Commentary: Protests Blocking Roads Without A Permit Illegal
Regardless of Cause
Dr. Aaron Lerner 14 November, 2020
It does not matter if you are in a wheelchair protesting the size of your
government assistance, a Haredi protesting Sabbath violations, a right
winger protesting the dismantling of an outpost or someone protesting for
Netanyahu to resign.
Neither the identity of the protestor or their cause gives them a pass to
block roads without a permit.
Blocking roads without a permit is not just against the law, it is violating
the rights of the rest of the population to freedom of movement.
The belief that somehow blocking roads within the framework of civil
disobedience protects protestors from prosecution reflects a profound
misunderstanding of the concept of civil disobedience.
Someone engaged in civil disobedience is knowingly violating the law and
accepting the possibility that they will have to bear the consequences of
violating said law.
Police officials made a terrible mistake in the last several years when they
allowed our roads to be blocked by groups enjoying favorable media coverage.
The law is the law is the law.
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