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Apr 29, 2013

Proposed Law would allow police to enter home with no warrant

Minister of Internal Security Yitzchak Aharonovitch has proposed a new law that would allow the police under certain circumstances to walk into your house, with no court order or warrant, and pass judgement on their own.

According to Aharonovitch, most calls to the police, especially during the summer months, are regarding the neighbors making too much noise, and usually the problem is with music - a party with a DJ that is too loud or someone blasting a stereo at ridiculous decibel levels... Aharonovitch's law, if it would pass, would allow the police to come into the house, with no warrant or court order, and confiscate the offending stereo or equipment.

Aharonovitch says currently the problem with the law is that too often the offending neighbor refuses to open his door to the policeman that had been called to the scene, and there is little the policeman can do in the face of a closed door. This law will give the policeman the power to actually rectify the problem at hand and put an end to the offending noise.

The law proposal has passed the initial stage of preparation and debate in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, and will now head to the Knesset for further readings, debates, adjustments and voting.
(source: Ynet)

I don't expect the Knesset to pass such a law. It gives the police way too much power - to just walk into someone's home, someone who is not suspect of having done anything to the level of being criminal, and confiscate belongings. It will be too similar to a fascist state.

The scenario I saw in my head when I read about this proposal is that of a baby with an ear infection or one who is colicky. The kid is driving his parents crazy, screaming all night long. The neighbors are going crazy from the noise. The police get called, and at 3 AM the police bang down the door and take the baby to the police station. The parents might actually find some relief from that situation, and let the police take care of the baby until the morning!

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