One detained at protest in Efrat

Wednesday, June 26, 2024, 12:14 Yehuda and Shomron residents are intensifying their campaign against the entrance of Arab workers to their communities. Entrance of Arab workers to the various construction sites in cities and communities in Yehuda and Shomron has been forbidden since the Swords of Iron War broke out. However, recently individuals in several communities have begun trying to bring the workers back, which led to many protests by residents. Over the past few days, protests were held in several communities. Yesterday (Tuesday), Efrat residents protested the entry of Arab workers to the community and blocked their path. In Emanuel, dozens of residents held a protest at a construction site on Sunday. The police forcibly dispersed the protests. One protester was detained at each of the protests and released with the assistance of Honenu Attorney Nati Rom.

Honenu Attorney Nati Rom commented on the situation: “Many Yehuda and Shomron residents vehemently oppose the entrance of Arab workers from Palestinian Authority controlled areas to their communities at a time of war, which could endanger thousands of Jews. There is no protest more legitimate than this. The police aggressively quelled the protests and even detained several residents at protests in Efrat and Emanuel. We recommend that the police officers at police stations in Yehuda and Shomron get some on-the-job training with the officers in the ‘Kaplan District’ [referring to the anti-judicial reform protest on Kaplan Street] and learn how to protect the democratic right of citizens to express their objections.”

After the protest in Emanuel, Attorney Rom stated, “We are faced with an insane reality in which Jews legally protesting the entrance of Arabs from the Palestinian Authority to their city during a time of war, which could endanger the residents, are dispersed by force, with one of them detained for obstructing a police officer in the line of duty. I did not see treatment of protesters like this at any of the anarchists’ protests on Kaplan Street against judicial reform, even though they blocked streets and set fires. The police should use the same policies with protesters from anywhere on the political spectrum. We will continue assisting anyone fighting for the Land of Israel.”

The protest in Emanuel; Photo credit: Free use

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