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The Right to Demonstrate versus the Right to Privacy: Picketing Private Homes of Public Officials

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Abstract

On November 4, 1995 Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in the main square of Tel Aviv. After the tragic assassination the Prime Minister’s widow, Mrs Leah Rabin, complained of the constant picketing which had been conducted outside their private home in Tel Aviv, in protest against the Oslo Accords signed between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). A suggestion was raised to ban all such picketing. The argument was that such picketing should not be allowed. Public figures have the right to enjoy the tranquillity of their homes. Their privacy must be honoured and therefore pickets and demonstrations should be restricted to public places, such as the Knesset Rose Garden, government offices and public squares.

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Free Speech Public Order Private Home Public Figure Public Forum 
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Notes

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  4. R. Cohen-Almagor, The Boundaries of Liberty and Tolerance (Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 1994), esp. chap. 5.Google Scholar

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© Raphael Cohen-Almagor 2001

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