The High Court of Justice has decided not to interfere with Be'er Sheva Mayor Ya'akov Turner's decision last week to ban a Machsom Watch photo exhibit at the Teacher's Center in the city.The Israeli public is well known for its sensitivity, sorry, sensitivities. Anyway,
Machsom Watch is a women's group that monitors the behavior of soldiers toward Palestinians at checkpoints. The pictures in question depict interactions at the Qalandiyah and Hawara checkpoints in the West Bank.
Turner announced the ban last Thursday, claiming that the contents of the exhibit are harmful to the sensitivities of the public.
The exhibit's organizers protested what they called, "The mayor's assault on freedom of expression and the use of his authority to prevent political activity that is not compatible with his own world view."How can a mayor in a democratic state do that?
The organizers added that they are appalled by the notion that a mayor in a democratic state can prevent residents from seeing pictures of what goes on in the Palestinian territories.
UPDATE - I've been asked to point out that the mayor has only banned the exhibition from municipal buildings, not all buildings in the area.