Itzik Medina, an anti-government activist from Petach Tikva, was detained on Monday by police. According to police, they received information from the Shabak that Medina was intending to commit a violent attack against a public figure. Police did not name the public figure.
After questioning the suspect, Medina was released without any restrictions. Medina says he never threatened anyone, according to a YNet report.
During his time in the police station, dozens, and eventually hundreds of the over-60 noisy, anti-government anarchist held a demonstration outside the station demanding Medina’s release. Some of the protesters claimed he was arrested under orders by National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir. Though considering how little the police brass seem to listen to Ben Gvir, that claim sounds a tad exaggerated.
המשטרה עצרה במעצר מנע את פעיל המחאה איציק מדינה מסיבות לא ידועות.
הגענו תוך רגע מאות אנשים לתחנת המשטרה בפתח תקווה למחות pic.twitter.com/oc6Rb6YzYD
— ? תומר אביטל (@TomerAvital1) June 26, 2023
שחררו את איציק מדינה !!!!!!!!!!!!
צבא ההגנה לדמוקרטיה מוכן להקפצה בכל רגע נתון, אל תנסו אותנו.
ישראל תישאר דמוקרטיה pic.twitter.com/2mbv5RC4oe
— Gili Levy ?? גילי לוי (@GiliLevy_) June 26, 2023
Considering the seriousness of the claims, Medina appears to have received kid gloves treatment compared to what settlers typically receive at the hands of the police. The double-standard in how the anarchists are treated by the police compared to other groups has been a point of contention and even discussed in the Knesset.
Update: According to Channel 14 reporter Shirel Lalum Nehari, upon seeing Itzkik Medina on TV, she recognized him as the protester who attacked her 6 months ago, when she was pregnant and reporting from one of the protests.
זה האיש שתקף אותי בפתח תקווהhttps://t.co/CTB9bo5Yg5
— שיראל ללום נהיר?? (@shirellaloom) June 26, 2023