A resident of Gush Etzion, Yishai Yifati, who last Friday was forced to protect a group of Jews, including women and babies, who were attacked with a barrage of stones during a protest shift, was questioned by police with a warning, and this morning (Tuesday) a police officer arrived at his home and confiscated his weapon.
In an incident that took place last Friday, a group of residents of Gush Etzion, near the Arab village of Tekoa, stood in protest of the Gush resident’s injury to stones in the head. At the end of the protest, a group of Arabs began attacking the protesters, and the policemen and soldiers who were standing there with a barrage of stones. I was the first to recover who took a single shot in the air to stop the stone-throwing immediately. To his astonishment, this week he was summoned to the police station, where he was questioned with a warning and this morning, as stated, a policeman arrived at his house and confiscated his weapon.
Yifati, married and father of 6, resident of Kfar Eldad, graduate of combat military service, reported today: "Shame, shame, we are abandoned, the terrorists celebrate, and we are interrogated. I’ve got no words. I acted as expected from any weapon issue in Israel, I saw immediate danger to life, I saw stones flying near babies, I fired in the air with"P. the provisions and the law, and really b"The attack was stopped and I apparently prevented any injuries. The terrorists are now free and laughing at home and I find myself in interrogations with a criminal record, and without the ability to protect me and my family. The State of Israel prefers to see Jews wounded, rather than terrorists fleeing, there is no one here to protect our lives. I call on all those for whom Jewish life is important to do everything in their power to stop this insane situation – that the victims become guilty". Exclaimed Yifati.
Adv"D. Nati Rom, who assists a resident on behalf of the Honno organization, said: "An inverted world I saw, the victim is interrogated, while the attackers are not tried to stop, no investigation is conducted against them and no resources and manpower are invested to decipher who carried out this stone attack. Aside from the harsh discrimination, the selective enforcement here lies the abandonment of human life. My client is an exemplary civilian, a graduate of military service, the salt of the earth, who conducted himself exemplary, in a corrected condition he was invited to a ceremony honoring the police station for resourcefulness and saving lives and not for interrogation and confiscation of his weapon. I intend to act on all levels so that the injustice against my client is stopped immediately, so that his weapon is immediately in his possession and so that the case against him is closed.".
In documentation from the incident, stones can be seen being deliberately thrown to hit residents and security forces. The documentation shows one of the women holding a baby in her arms, and a thrown stone passes near the baby’s head and almost hurts him and the others present at the scene.
Photo: Elisheva Singer
Photo: Elisheva Singer