Carry Guns to Protect Palestinians, Says Left-Wing Activist

Allowing an Israeli civil guard to carry weapons to protect Palestinians, left-wing activist Haim Shadmi said during a Knesset conference on settler violence on Sunday.

“Give us the authority to bear arms,” ​​Shadmi said during the few minutes in which he spoke in the two-hour session.

Allow the left-wing activist to create a civil guard to protect Palestinians from settler violence, he suggested.

“We will do the work for the Palestinians, we will not harm anyone. If you are not able to do the work, we will protect human life, because you do not know how to do it,” he said.

Shadmi also spoke of her frustration with the debate itself.

The KNESSET building in Jerusalem houses one of the smallest legislatures in the world. (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM / THE JERUSALEM POST)

“I don’t know what’s going on here, there is a debate as if the ‘occupation’ and ‘settler violence’ have just started in the last few years,” Shadmi said.

“I listen here, one MK after another … what is this, a conference that is all talk. Where are the solutions?” I ask.

The conference organizers distanced themselves from his statement.

“The comments made at the end of the conference by Haim Shadmi do not represent our position in support of a non-violent struggle to end the occupation by peaceful means,” said the conference organizers.

They added that they wanted those who were outraged by Shadmi’s words to also speak out against “the severe violence that settlers have used against Palestinians and Israelis in recent weeks.”

The incident took place just one day after a terrorist attack in the Old City in which 26-year-old tour guide Eli Kay was killed and four others were injured.

MK Itamar Ben-Gvir spoke of the terrorist attack at the beginning of the conference.

“A man was killed yesterday and you’re holding a conference on settler violence, are you stupid?” Ben-Gvir asked.

He asked for a moment of silence in Kay’s memory. When the room didn’t immediately respond, he asked if they weren’t “embarrassed.”

Ben-Gvir stood up and continued screaming for a moment of silence until he was thrown out of the room.

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