Two Israelis Arrested for Allegedly Threatening anti-Netanyahu Protesters With Plastic Gun

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Protesters in Sderot on August 29, 2020.
Protesters in Sderot on August 29, 2020.Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz

Two men from the West Bank settlement of Ariel were arrested Sunday on suspicion of threatening anti-Netanyahu protesters with a plastic pistol on Saturday, as demonstrations against the prime minister entered their tenth consecutive week.

The suspects, two brothers aged 20 and 23, were documented on Saturday in a video on social media in their vehicle at the HaSira Junction, Herzliya. One was wielding what appeared to be a gun, while the other accompanied him in the car.

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Police said the gun in the possession of one of the suspects was plastic, and that the two were arrested even though the case was not reported in real time.

The pro-democracy Black Flag Movement, one of the larger groups taking part in the demonstrations, responded to the arrest: "We welcome the quick arrest by the Tel Aviv police of the suspects who were wielding the weapon, and we hope that the suspects are brought to justice. The continuing violence toward the protesters is a result of the ongoing incitement of the accused prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his party."

In addition, fifteen out of sixteen of the protesters that were arrested on Saturday at the demonstration opposite the prime minister's official residence in Jerusalem have been released. One protester, who is suspected of hitting a police officer, remains under arrest.

Around 20,000 protesters took to the streets on Saturday evening in Jerusalem. Alongside this, thousands of people protested as part of the Black Flag Movement.

According to the organizers, the protests took place at over 300 junctions and bridges across the country, including the weekly protest opposite Netanyahu's private residence in Caesarea.

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