'You Can Die Quietly, You Can't Protest'

Exclusive coverage: Lehava director Gopshtain calls 'Jews, go out to the streets' while being arrested; hundreds protest Jerusalem attack.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Itamar Ben-Gvir and protesters in Jerusalem
Itamar Ben-Gvir and protesters in Jerusalem
Miriam Alster/Flash 90
Arutz Sheva was on the scene Tuesday night as over 300 protesters from the Otzma Yehudit movement associated with the Otzma Leyisrael party, as well as activists from the Lehava anti-assimilation group, took to the streets in Jerusalem following the morning's terror attack on a synagogue that left five dead.

Bentzi Gopshtain, the director of Lehava, was arrested by police for an "illegal gathering" as he stood on the sidewalk. "You're allowed to die here quietly, you're forbidden from protesting," Gopshtain commented as he was arrested and forced into a patrol car.

"I call to all of the people of Israel, go out to the streets, don't be suckers. (Internal Security Minister Yitzhak) Aharonovich wants you to die quietly. We won't continue dying quietly," Gopshtain declared.

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir arrived at the police car moments later, asking for the reason of the arrest and demanding to talk to the officer responsible for it. He was met with silence by the police.

At that point, protesters took to the street to try and block the car from pulling away, at which officers arrested several of them, pushing one Jewish youth forcefully onto the pavement and pinning him down to the cries of "police state" from the crowd.

A total of at least 23 were arrested during the protests over suspicion of "breaching the public order."

After initially gathering near the iconic String Bridge at the entrance to the capital, the protest moved to near Yirmeyahu street and the headquarters of Aharonovich's Yisrael Beytenu party, where police protected the minister as he exited and the crowd shouted at him over the collapse of security.

In the video police can be seen using force to subdue protesters.

Responding to this point, Ben-Gvir said "the behavior of the police who wanted to prevent at any cost a demonstration against the Internal Security Minister is scandalous. The police acted as if Aharonovich would demote them if they didn't prevent chanting."

"Despite this, hundreds of Otzma Yehudit and Lehava activists will stand before the ministry until the (security) services abandon Aharonovich," he added, stating that at least five protesters were wounded by officers.

Protest in Jerusalem Miriam Alster/Flash 90



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