"> Name: Israeli court upholds, "free expression has its limits."

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Middle East and Caucasus


MediumPublic Speech , Personal Opinion

Artist: Moshe Arenfeld

Confronting Bodies: Israeli court of appeals

Date of Action: March 1995 and March 1997

Specific Location: Jerusalem, Israel

Description of Artwork: Arenfeld spit on a cross that was part of a religious procession outside of Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre in March 1995.

Description of Incident: In the original trial, a judge concluded that a religious disturbance had occured even though there was no act that tried to prevent the procession. The judge suggested that "freedom of expression has its limits."

Results of Incident: The appeals court upheld this ruling and enforced a two month sentence and $240.00 fine.

Source: Index on Censorship, 3/97

Submitted By: NCAC

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