From a Haaretz editorial criticizing Israeli police for false arrest of Sheikh Jarrah protesters:
During Operation Cast Lead, around 800 left-wing protesters were arrested and criminal proceedings were opened against 700 of them.
My critics here like to boast about Israel’s democratic values. But what truly democratic society criminalizes dissent to such an extent?? Why should an Israeli peace activist need to have a good criminal defense attorney on retainer in order to exercise his or her rights? Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom to hold unpopular views. These are the hallmarks of a true democracy. Israel, you aren’t there yet.