Benny Katzover, the head of the Shomron (Samaria) Residents Committee defended the use of cell phone SMS text messages to inform residents of impending demolitions of communities. A recent statement by the Shin Bet secret service's Jewish Division referred to a spy network of activists which warned of the impending demolition of a neighborhood which resulted in the skirmish at the Ephraim IDF base from which demolition vehicles emanate. The text messages are sent out if IDF vehicles are spotted heading toward a community they wish to raze. Katzover stated, "we have tens of thousands of people who wanted to subscribe to this service by text messages. This in my opinion is pure democracy and calls on people to protest. It has nothing to do with the events in Ephraim base. If it is espionage, then I too am a spy."
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