Pullout opponents place dummy bombs in several courts
Bags all contained wires, pieces of cloth and a note reading 'the disengagement will blow up in your faces.'
Activists opposing the disengagement plan on Wednesday placed dummy explosive devices in bags in several courts in the center of the country. The bags all contained wires, pieces of cloth and a note reading "the disengagement will blow up in your faces."
The bags were placed in the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court, as well as courts in Petah Tikva and Kfar Sava. Police opened an investigation into the incidents.
Road blockings postponed due to train wreckOn Tuesday, anti-disengagement groups announced they were postponing for a week plans to block traffic at major junctions throughout the country in the wake of Tuesday's train accident.
Spokesmen for the groups said unofficially that Tuesday's train wreck would make it "impossible to get proper media attention." It was also said that "the day after a tragic accident of this type, there is concern the public will have difficulty accepting an action that could be seen as potentially endangering human life on the roads, although those who block the roads primarily endanger themselves."
Police were thus able to back off from the heightened state of alert declared as part of the preparations to counter threats by disengagement opponents to block 23 central highways and junctions across the country scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
Before dawn Tuesday, police arrested 11 West Bank settlers after receiving information they were gathering road spikes and "ninja" throwing stars in preparation for the demonstration. The settlers, including two minors, were arrested at Moshav Beit Gamliel in the center of the country.
The police command has decided to treat the right-wing declarations extremely seriously following the last operation initiated by the Bayit Leumi movement several weeks ago when dozens of highways and junctions across the country were blocked simultaneously.
Among the lessons learned from the road blockings last month, during which 414 demonstrators were arrested, was to establish a nationwide police command to regulate the numbers of detainees being taken in for interrogation. In the previous round of demonstrations, police had difficulty moving the detainees between the detention facility at the Ma'asiyahu Prison and the court where their hearings were taking place because of the distances and the sheer number of those arrested.
At a meeting of the police senior command Tuesday morning, district commanders presented intelligence data and their deployment plans ahead of the road blockings that had been planned for Wednesday.
Thousands of police, both uniformed and in plainclothes, were to have been deployed Wednesday morning to counter the expected blocking of 23 junctions, including the Golani, Tzemach and Zichron Yaakov junctions in the north, several junctions on the coastal road, the entrance to Jerusalem and the entrance to Be'er Sheva.