Israeli LGBT Activist Sues Police for False Arrest

The 26-year-old was arrested in the run-up to a protest against a decision blocking Be’er Sheva’s annual gay pride parade.

A 26-year-old man from Be’er Sheva is suing the police for false arrest after he was detained last month before a protest by the city’s gay community.

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Members of Be’er Sheva’s LGBT community were protesting after the police would not let their annual parade take place down the city’s main thoroughfare. The plaintiff, whose first name is Shlomi, is demanding 15,000 shekels ($3,977) in compensation.

Shlomi, who requested that his last name not be used, is claiming compensation from the police for invasion of privacy, violation of the Basic Law on Human Dignity and Liberty, false arrest and police negligence.
“This incident seriously impinged on the plaintiff’s dignity, illustrated to him in a particularly harsh fashion that he was detained because he was a member of the gay community, and upset the plaintiff’s delicate emotional balance,” the suit states.

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