Some 700 IDF officers and soldiers serving in reserve duty have signed a petition to Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and to the Army’s Central Command, demanding immediate removal of left-wing activists and anarchists involved in inciting violence in Judea and Samaria.
“Permanent activists of Israeli anarchist organizations arrive every week to confront and clash with security forces in Judea and Samaria, inciting the populace and participating in setting up roadblocks and in violent disturbances,” the petition says.
The petition was initiated by the group Ad-Kan (which could be translated as both ‘no more’ and ‘up to here’), whose mission is to expose and document the leftist organizations’ criminal behavior in the field, including their paying Arabs to throw stones.
Ad Kan officially contacted the Defense Ministry in June and August of 2017 with the names of anarchists who are inciting to violence in Judea and Samaria, as well as rich documentation of their criminal in the field, but has yet to receive a response.
“The recent events in Nabi Salah (of teenage girls abusing soldiers who take it on chin, fearing punishment) indicate that the IDF’s forgiving policy in the friction areas is being interpreted as helplessness on the part of the soldiers, leading to attacks on soldiers and further corroding the IDF deterrence – which boosts the international delegitimization efforts against Israel, while presenting IDF soldiers as abusers of the civilian population,” the petition protests, arguing that the same IDF authorities that cut the soldiers’ legs out from under them also fail to provide effective tools to the soldiers in the field to deal with the violent and much publicized situations.”
The petition concludes with the call to the defense minister to exercise his authority and to remove the anarchists who are not residents of the area from Judea and Samaria administratively, “as has been done in the past and the present by the Central Command in many other cases (a reference to the removal of rightwing activists from their homes Judea and Samaria).”
“It would be appropriate for the military establishment that sends IDF soldiers to confront Palestinians who are trained and operated by Israeli activists to punish those activists or at least make sure they are removed them from the area – which is yet to be done to this day,” the reservists conclude their message to Defense Minister Liberman.
Ad Kan CEO Gilad Ach said in a statement: “There is no reason why people who pay money to Palestinians to throw stones that have to this day injured more than 150 soldiers, some of them seriously, would not be expelled from Judea and Samaria.
“We expect Minister Liberman and the chief of the Central Command to act justly and enforce the rules equally against the anarchists who try to ferment the area every day, as they are doing against the Jews living in Judea and Samaria.”