Plastic bullet allegedly used in Havat Gilad
Photo: Yair Altman

Plastic bullet used in Havat Gilad sent to PMO

Settlers' Committee head says Netanyahu not aware of harm plastic bullets can inflict; demands external probe into last week's violence during outpost demolition

Shomron Settlers' Committee head Benny Katzover on Tuesday sent the chief of security at the Prime Minister's Office a plastic bullet that was fired during last week's clashes at the Havat Gilad outpost in the West Bank.


Katzover said he sent the plastic bullet because, according to him, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not aware of the harm such bullets can inflict. "Those who drafted the report in the aftermath of the incident, as well as (Internal Security Minister) Yitzhak Aharonovitch, are deceiving the public time and time again to legitimize opening fire on Jews," he said.


"We assume that the prime minister is not aware of how dangerous the weapons used by police (in Havat Gilad) are," he added.


In his letter to the PMO security chief, Katzover asked that PM Benjamin Netanyahu order an external investigation into the events at Havat Gilad and instruct Aharonovitch and Defense Minister Ehud Barak to make certain that "no weapons are directed at Jews."


In response to the evacuation of illegal structures in Havat Gilad, rightists declared a "day of rage", in which they blocked roads and burned tires in Jerusalem.


Addressing the violence at Havat Gilad, Aharonovitch said Tuesday "I'm not deterred by the 'day of rage', they (rightists) should rage at their own behavior. Anyone who blocks roads and breaks the law – and thinks the police aren't there - the police will arrest and prosecute them."



פרסום ראשון: 03.08.11, 19:19
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