An Israeli rabbi Border Police officer who signed a petition denouncing the "aggressive terrorism" of members of the LGBT community will face punishment.
"The police do not take a stand on any issue of protest or legitimate demonstration. The Israel Police acts throughout the year to approve and secure demonstrations and protests and to actualize the democratic right of every regular citizen to freedom of expression," a statement from the police said.
According to Haaretz, a law enforcement representative said that Rabbi Shem Tov will face disciplinary action for joining the protest, adding that public servants should refrain from commenting on certain issues.
"In order to allow this, it is inappropriate for a policeman to actively participate in the public discourse, and to allow the police to behave with the necessary neutrality on every issue, as is appropriate in a democratic state," the release said.
"We see strict exceptions in this area certainly as regards the officers. The matter will be clarified and subject to the findings, it will be dealt with on the disciplinary level."