Daily Israel Report

'If We Can't Sleep, He Won't Sleep!'

Samaria residents demonstrated outside home of Public Security Minister, after police banged on their doors at 5 A.M
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 4/5/2011, 11:16 AM / Last Update: 4/5/2011, 11:11 AM

Residents of Samaria held a nighttime protest Monday night near the home of Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovich. They were expressing their feelings of anger and pain over recent instances of police brutality against residents of Judea and Samaria - including a recent early-morning raid on the community of Itamar and a violent raid on Givat Ronen. 

Dressed in nightgowns, protesters shouted: "Your police won't let us sleep, we won't let you sleep." Security guards did not let them near the minister's home and police eventually dispersed them.
 
Rabbanit Nurit Chai of Itamar said: "Just as he is sleeping at night now, we too deserve to sleep at night... We too deserve to sleep properly and not be woken up at 5 A.M. by knocking that is so loud and frightening that besides waking us up it could wake the dead. Too bad that it won't wake up our murdered ones." 
 
The Knesset is still looking into a police raid five weeks ago on Havat Gilad, in which dozens of policemen in ski masks used violence and fired plastic bullets from close range at residents.