Last week, seven activists (five of them from New Profile), were surprised in their homes by Israeli policeman, brought in for interrogation and their computers confiscated. New Profile is being investigated for allegedly “inciting to evade military service.” The charges are bizarre, since New Profile, which works against militarism in Israeli society, has always operated openly and publicly. The only conclusion is that this is a politically inspired witchhunt. This raid seems to be an escalation by the Israeli government in its attempt to intimidate and harass political activists.
Twenty three feminist organizations sent a letter in solidarity with New Profile to the Ministry of Justice protesting the police’s action.
On Thursday there was a demonstration in front of a Tel Aviv police station in solidarity with New Profile’s arrestees. The items below explain what happened: a crowd of over 100 people, mostly women, some elderly, gathered chanting and holding signs in protest. Without warning, police waded in very violently, arresting 8 people and beating and pushing several others.