Ma’ariv asks, "Where is the boundary between expressing abominations and criminal offense? In Israel freedom of expression is almost unlimited." The author says that "Amir Mahoul presented himself in recent years at the far edge of domestic Arab political activists. In the criminal sphere, he is still innocent, unless proven otherwise. That does not make him innocent of malice or evil in the public realm. If someone says that he supports the Hamas regime, rocket fire on Israel, the dismantling of the State of Israel for the creation of a greater Palestinian state – there is suspicion that he will not only say, he will also do." The author concludes: "Therefore, if this person has crossed the line from hostile public activity to activity that harms state security, it will be no great surprise."
[Aviad Kleinberg, Ben-Dror Yemini, and Zalman Shoval wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]