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Tel Aviv magistrate's court sentenced Roi Meir on Sunday for threatening life against MK Ahmad Tibi.
According to the accusation, a video clip was published on the Facebook page of the news site 0404: "Look: live bullets and fireworks, the Arabs celebrate the end of their final exams. Shoot as they do today in a neighborhood. "
Meir responded to the video in comments by saying that "And Ahmad Tibi cries that the police use live ammunition when they make an arrest. I say why ammunition and live arrests simply erase them from the face of the earth with their" innocent "neighbors". , Ahmed Tibi, I will be more than happy to give you a bullet in the head. "
Tibi filed a complaint with the police, and during his interrogation Meir claimed to have written it without any real purpose. "I didn't threaten, I wrote what I was more than happy to do, I didn't write that I was really doing, I wouldn't really kill."
The interrogator asked Meir what Ahmad Tibi wanted to hear when he wrote his comment, to which the defendant replied that he intended Tibi to "make him understand that he is hated", to which the questioner wanted to know what he would got Meir of that. Meir in turn replied: "Nothing, it's just Facebook, nobody will kill on Facebook, I just wrote a post, it's a whole world between a Facebook post and a murder, if I had real intentions, I didn't # 39; I would have written on Facebook. "
Judge Itay Hermlin stated in the verdict that "the crime of threats actually reduces the freedom of expression of the individual, which is a fundamental constitutional right, but it is the conscious choice of the legislator." Denying the ability to make threats harms freedom of speech, but this is to protect others from the threat ".
"Some argue that words are just words, so they shouldn't be censored, it's not the court's approach, one of the reasons is that protecting freedom of speech to unravel the truth is irrelevant to threatening words," he said Hermlin. .
Hermlin also noted that "it is possible that the use of Facebook's internal tools that allow the removal of offensive content using internal reporting and removal mechanisms is more effective and therefore more suitable to address the phenomenon of violent discourse on this network , but there is no doubt that the Internet in general and Facebook in particular are not legal outsiders where the law does not apply ".
"Threatening a member of the Knesset as a public emissary limits the ability of the Knesset member to act on behalf of the public that sent him to the Knesset and on his behalf, thus damaging democracy itself," concluded Hermlin.
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