A meeting between the Minister of Culture and Sports, Hili Trooper and the Commissioner of Police, Chief of Staff Yaakov Shabtai, and representatives of fans of sports teams in Israel, took place this evening (Sunday).
The meeting, which ended earlier tonight, was initiated by Minister Hili Trooper about three weeks ago, after a meeting with representatives of the fans' organization, following the desire to strengthen trust between the police and the fans and make the sports fields safe places.
The commissioner responded positively to the minister's request for a meeting and arrived at the Ministry of Culture and Sports today.
The meeting took place in a good spirit and in a positive atmosphere.
In addition to the Commissioner, the Chief of Police, Sigal Bar-Zvi, Chief of Staff, Chief of Staff Moshe Edri and Chief of Staff for the Prevention of Violence in Sports, Superintendent Itzik Amir, also took part on behalf of the police. The Ministry of Culture and Sports, the police and the fans who will examine a number of agreed-upon steps.
One of the options that came up for the exam is to regulate the use of cold pyrotechnics so that it will be safe and allow fans to express their support for the team but on the other hand will not endanger others and will not be a violation of the law.
These are only types of pyrotechnics that meet the standards of the Ministry of Economy and its operation will go through the entire chain of approvals set forth in the law.
In addition, it was agreed to establish a coordination mechanism between the police and the fans.
During the conversation, additional ideas and suggestions came up that will be examined by the joint team of fans and the police.
Police Commissioner Ranz Kobi Shabtai and Minister of Culture and Sports Hili Trooper, Photo: Police Spokeswoman
Commissioner, Superintendent Yaakov Shabtai said at the meeting: "I welcome the meeting and I come to it with an open approach as to any subject, and certainly a subject like sports in Israel which is an area that attracts all sectors and all populations in order to enjoy sports.
Today, unfortunately, some of the pitches have become a wrestling arena.
Seeing a plot of land rising with flares, there is nothing more dangerous to public safety.
Fan violence on every pitch is out of bounds for us and we will do uncompromising enforcement against the rioters.
The meeting we are holding here is intended to strengthen the police's connection with the fans and improve the sense of security on the pitches in order to allow all Israeli citizens to enjoy the sport.
"The vast majority of the fans are law-abiding and our goal and our duty as a police force is to provide security on the sports fields in Israel as well."
The Minister of Culture and Sports, Hili Trooper: "The fight against violence in sports is a common task for all of us.
After a season that was saturated with violence and out of an understanding that there is a crisis of trust between fans and the police I sought to produce an open and permanent channel of cooperation.
"I thank the commissioner who took part in this important task and now there are joint teams that will try to reach a settlement and summaries in various areas. I call on everyone not to settle for nice words, but to stand together against acts of violence of any kind."
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