A torrential protest took place on Tuesday in Zikhron Yaakov, and 25 left-wing activists and anarchists were arrested for staging the demonstration in front of the home of Binyamin Brigade commander, Colonel Aviv Reshef's home.
'No immunity for murderers in uniform' (Photo: Activestills)
Reshef is the IDF commander in charge of security at the West Bank village of Naalin, and recently received a reprimand for a shooting incident that occurred there. Police stated that the protest was unlawful.
At around 6 pm about 40 demonstrators arrived at Reshef's home, and police arrived on the scene shortly after. Officers asked the protestors to leave, and when they refused some of them were arrested.
The anarchists and left-wing activists clashed with police and attempted to draw closer to the commander's house. Those who were arrested were taken in for questioning at the Zikhron Yaakov police station. A police statement said officers acted aggressively due to an Attorney General order which strictly prohibits political activity outside of IDF officers' homes.
The demonstrators were protesting recent occurrences in Naalin during which an 11-year old boy and a youth were allegedly killed by Border Guard fire, as well as a shooting incident in which a soldier fired rubber bullets at a bound Palestinian, injuring his big toe.
Anarchists clash with police. (Photo: Activestills)
The most recent violent incident in Naalin occurred on Monday, when a funeral procession for Yousef Ahmed Amira, allegedly killed by Border Guard fire, turned into clashes with security forces. The forces fired stun grenades, rubber bullets, and tear gas at the rioters. The Border Guard stated in response that the Palestinians had blocked a main road and therefore riot dispersal means had to be employed.