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YNET: Policeman rescued from Rahat mob: We were sitting in the car waiting to die
Inquiry commission investigating why officers were in Rahat during funeral of man killed in police drug raid; 'We were on the way home, and we accidentally arrived at a situation we shouldn't have been in,' says one of the policemen.
Ilana Curiel, January 22, 2015
Police was investigating why police cars were dispatched to Rahat at such a sensitive time, while a funeral was held for Sami al-Ajar, who was killed in a police drug raid in the city.
One of the policemen described the incident: "We went home at the end of our workday and all of a sudden we were pelted with stones. It was a massive and scary amount (of stones), from all directions. We weren't prepared for something like that. The vehicle started taking stones and it reached a life-threatening point. We were surrounded. You just sit and wait to die, or for someone to get you out, reading 'Shema Israel.'"
The police knew that its presences at the funeral might cause uproar. For this reason, it was agreed that the Rahat municipality will manage the funeral without police presence.
The policemen, meanwhile, insisted they were not lost. "We were on the way home, on a main road, and we accidently arrived at a situation we shouldn't have been in. When we realized we were somewhere we shouldn't be, it was too late."
The policemen's version of events raises questions, as the funeral procession did not go through a main traffic artery. (cont.)
(Tip: Micha'el Ben-Ari)
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Nope. Actually, Rahat can be found smack dab in between Arab occupied Azza (Gaza) and Arab controlled Yehudah, where even the UN (United Nothings) considers considers to be Israel,...as if we should care what they think.
Rahat is hardly what we would call far from civilization. It even has its own Israil train station, enabling residents' commute to and from work in Tel-Aviv and Be'er Sheva.
Most of the reports of Bedouin shenanigans, such as theft of infrastructure components such as electronic parts, theft of livestock, and extortion of "protection" money from local residents, come from much deeper in the desert, like between Be'er Sheva and Mitzpeh Ramon. Bedouins even stole a statue from a tourist site in Mitzpeh Ramon where they enter come and go freely, and even own a business or two. There have been plenty of incidents in this area in which the police have avoided entering the situation.
The incidents of Arab shenanigans in the North Israel which never make the mainstream news media are too numerous to list here. Fortunately, a group of volunteer guards from before the State of Israel has been revitalized, and has included many secular Jews from Kibbutzim (collective communities). Still, the Arab population continues to increase in the North, and incidents which do get reported have been on the rise.
How much longer must we remain in denial about the threats from within? How many more Jews must be attacked and even killed, before we actually enact a permanent solution?
I also wonder how long Naftali Bennett, head of the supposedly "Religious Zionist" Jewish Home Party, will maintain his fool claim that 99.9% of Israeli Arabs are "loyal citizens."
Only time will tell.