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Likud MK scores win in legal battle against left-wing activist

Danny Danon accuses Hagai Frankel of acting in a "threatening and aggressive manner" towards his family.

Danny Danon at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem on Aug. 28, 2017. Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.
Danny Danon at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem on Aug. 28, 2017. Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

The Rishon LeZion Magistrate’s Court has granted Likud Knesset member Danny Danon a temporary restraining order against a left-wing activist who has been organizing “illegal” demonstrations near his house, the lawmaker said on Monday.

Danon’s petition accused Hagai Frankel, who leads the anti-judicial reform protests in Raanana, of acting in a “threatening and aggressive manner” towards his family and asked that the activist be barred from coming within 270 meters (approximately 885 feet) of his home.

Magistrate Judge Vered Bloch-Shechtman’s ruling remains in effect until further hearings are held.

“The request was made because Frankel has committed repeated criminal offenses punishable by up to 5 years in prison, including regularly carrying out threatening actions against members of MK Danon’s household, his neighbors, and the installation of a barbed wire fence that blocked the entrance to Danon’s house a few days ago,” according to a statement from the lawmaker’s office.

“I am in favor of the right to protest, but the law in Israel is clear and determines what is allowed and what is not allowed,” said Danon. “Israel’s police determine where protestors can demonstrate and where they cannot. Mr. Frankel chose, on a regular basis, to act criminally and attempt to threaten members of my household.”

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