Israeli Justice Files Police Complaint Over Anti-asylum Seekers Tag Near His House

Activist leader of group calling to deport asylum seekers admits being behind stickers reading 'Jewish blood is forfeit' near Supreme Court justice's home

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Justice Uzi Fogelman. Credit: תומר אפלבאום

An Israeli Supreme Court justice filed a police complaint Monday over stickers that were put up near his house, attributed to an anti-asylum seekers organization.

The stickers, reading "Jewish blood is forfeit" were put up on Justice Uzi Vogelman's front door, window and mailbox, with the logo of the South Tel Aviv Liberation Front, a group advocating for deportation of asylum seekers.

Sheffi Paz, who heads the South Tel Aviv Liberation Front, admitted she was behind the stickers, saying: “We have a long history with Uzi Vogelman, [and] it took me time to find his address, otherwise I would have done it a long time ago.

Referencing Vogelman's 2014 verdict against detaining asylum seekers, Paz said that “they said infiltrators also have the right to meet a spouse and develop a hobby. One of my hobbies is to put up stickers.” In his ruling, Vogelman said: "How could an asylum seeker meet a spouse? What hobbies could they adopt?"

Paz’s group has recently taken similar actions against Supreme Court President Esther Hayut, retired chief justice Aharon Barak and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.

On Saturday, Paz tweeted photos of pro-deportation stickers by the houses of Huldai and Barak on Saturday. She has been indicted twice for spraying graffiti on buildings, including that of the European Mission in Israel.

Last month, Paz and fellow activists met with incoming Public Security Minister Amir Ohana, who said south Tel Aviv "has become even more difficult in recent years because of the concentration of infiltrators [asylum seekers]," promising to increase law enforcement in the area.

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