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  5/18/2014, Iyar 18, 5774

'Returning to Beit Shemesh in Uniform Like Returning to Jenin'


On Sunday Walla! News learned that soldiers from the city of Beit Shemesh, which lies some 30 kilometers west of Jerusalem, have been given permission to change into civilian clothing before returning home from their bases, to prevent them from suffering from unwarranted abuse.

"I leave the base in uniform, then change into civilian clothes at the Central Bus Station before going home," Y., a combat officer, explained to the daily. Y. lamented the "group of fanatics who lives in our city and is responsible for all this mess - not only in terms of our own safety but also spitting on womenseparate busses and fights with the Israel Antiquities Authority."