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Court avoids principled ruling on Jewish terrorism

Jerusalem court acquitted Itamar Ben-Gvir of the five-year-old charge that he provided support to a terrorist group. The group in question was Kach, which was long defunct by the time the charges were filed. Since the group did not exist, Ben-Gvir could have supported only its political ideas, which even in Israel is a protected activity as freedom of expression.

The judge avoided the real issue of whether Kach’s political message—as opposed to its alleged methods—is terrorism. Instead, Ben-Gvir was acquitted on a technicality—the failure of the police to provide evidence supporting the charges.

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