To stop violence at “points of tension,” hundreds of opponents of judicial reform have formed a group called the “Citizens Police.”
A WhatsApp group of about 200 Israeli activists has been formed because they are concerned about violence against other anti-reform protestors.
They referred to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent assurance to National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir that he would support him in creating a volunteer national guard under his ministry’s control: “Due to the difficult situation created by the protests, we are establishing a civil guard if Ben-Gvir can, too,” Channel 12 reported.
During the previous administration, Naftali Bennett, the prime minister at the time, first suggested creating a national guard.
The activists declared, “We need to act in light of the militias of Ben-threats Gvir’s so that our demonstrators feel safe in the face of the fear that is imposed everywhere.
The plan is to deploy teams of four to five people nationwide who are prepared to act immediately (in shifts) to defend demonstrators in their neighborhood.
To be there and stop violence, the group declared, “Our goal is to establish a determined group that can reach the sites of tension at the demonstrations.”
According to a report on Tuesday by Channel 12, three men, aged 17, 25, and 26, were detained after posting a video on social media in which they threatened to hurt anti-reform demonstrators during a rally in Jerusalem.
They may be heard saying, “There are knives,” in the recording. There are weapons, and we’re headed to Jerusalem to destroy them.