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Ben Gvir summoned the district commander for an investigation; Shabtai backed him up and criticized the minister: "It's unfortunate that the matter is being investigated this way" - Voila! news


After clashes between protesters and police officers at a demonstration against the legal revolution near the Prime Minister's House in the capital, the Minister of National Security summoned the district commander for clarification: "He lost control of the anarchists." while the forces are still in the field"

Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir arrives at the scene of the rape in Gadara (spokesperson of the Ministry of National Security)

Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai this evening (Thursday) backed the conduct of police officers and the commander of the Jerusalem district in demonstrations on Gaza Street in the capital in front of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's house, in protest of the legal reform. He attacked the conduct of National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gabir, who announced that he had summoned the district commander for a questioning call and added that "the Jerusalem police have lost control over the anarchists." Shabtai wrote that he "regrets that the matter is being investigated publicly."

Ben Gvir claimed that "an incident in which burning tires were set on fire near the Prime Minister's residence, road number 1 was blocked , and the movement of the light rail was blocked - these are all extremely serious incidents in which police and security forces were on the scene, but received explicit instructions not to enforce the law and not to confront the rioters."

After that, the commissioner continued to stand by the police officers who were operating at the scene.

It is regrettable that the investigation of the issue is being carried out publicly while the police forces are operating in the field, and not through an operational investigation of my affairs which is carried out at the end of the activity as is customary."

Ben Gvir together with the Police Commissioner (Photo: Roni Kanfo)

According to the police, about 400 people demonstrated today, at the initiative of the "Crim Minister" organization.

The police blocked the street completely - 150 meters from the building in each direction.

They protested in two locations, some at the police checkpoint on the upper side of the street and several dozen of them are at the lower checkpoint, where the police extinguished a burning tire that was lit as a protest.

The protesters continued their march to Mahane Yehuda market, and some tried to block the light rail traffic, but after they were evacuated by police - clashes broke out there.

The police stated: "Tonight, the police acted to allow the freedom of protest and expression for hundreds of demonstrators who came to Gaza Street in accordance with the law and the court's orders. Some of the demonstrators lit a tire and flares and confronted other demonstrators who were there, when the police separated the parties and prevented friction and violence. Later, the demonstrators began an illegal procession and blocking roads from the direction of Paris Square towards the city center. At some point the protesters began to violate the order in the place when they blocked the light train while it was traveling on Jaffa Street."

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The demonstrators in front of the Prime Minister's house, this evening (photo: Yanon Yatach)

The former commander of the Jerusalem district of the police, MK Mickey Levy, published in response to the inquiry: "The summons of the commander of the Jerusalem district to the office of the minister Ben Gabir indicates a complete lack of understanding of the role of the minister vis-a-vis the operational level and is a blatant and ugly attempt to introduce political considerations into the work of the police.

It is not the minister's role to give operational instructions to officers in the field under fluorescent lights and to summon senior officers for inquiries, as if he were the police commissioner. Time and time again, the Tik Tok minister who pulls out guns proves that he has no clue about the use of force and the meaning of operational command in the field."

The chairman of the state camp, Benny Gantz, claimed that the interference of political ranks in the work of the police harms the deep foundations of democracy.

The demonstrators in Jerusalem, this evening (Photo: Yanon Yatach)

Ben Gabir and the Jerusalem police are preparing for violent demonstrations in front of the Knesset this coming Monday.

At the same time, today dozens of organizations, companies and civil organizations that are members of the headquarters of the struggle against the legal reform announced a huge strike in the economy and demonstrations throughout the country in the next two days.

On Saturday night there will be a huge demonstration on Kaplan Street in Tel Aviv and demonstrations in central centers throughout the country.

The headquarters of the struggle stated: "Netanyahu's plan to abduct the laws of the dictatorship will encounter the people of Israel, who are more determined than ever to preserve their independence. We call on citizens to notify workplaces today that they will not work on Monday and take to the streets. This is the most important struggle for the state - the struggle for Israel's independence Jewish and democratic."

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  • demonstrations

  • The legal revolution

  • Itamar Ben Gabir

  • Kobi Shabtai

Source: walla

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