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Parks Must Be Open to All

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The Nazareth District Court did the right thing when it made clear to the Afula municipality that closing the municipal park and charging entrance fees was illegal.

“Just as you don’t close a street, you don’t close a park,” said Judge Danny Sarfati, who ordered the park opened on Tuesday. While the judge did not address the claim that the city’s decision to close the park was an attempt to block residents of nearby Arab villages from visiting it, he stressed that “Even if the place was being closed solely to discriminate [in favor of] local residents, by law charging a fee to enter public parks is illegal.”

Unfortunately, the threat of closing off public spaces hasn’t passed. The Interior Ministry is advancing regulations that would allow municipalities to charge........

© Haaretz