'We need to go back to defending ourselves'

MK Amir Ohana (Likud) joined up with "Hashomer Hahadash," which works to help ranchers protect their livestock from theft.

Yoni Kempinski,

Hashomer guards
Hashomer guards
Hashomer Hahadash

MK Amir Ohana (Likud) joined last night (Thursday) a nightly patrol with the group "Hashomer Hahadash" ["The New Guard"] in the Lower Galilee area.

Consisting largely of volunteers, Hashomer Hahadash works to help ranchers protect their livestock from theft, mostly from Bedouin and Arab marauders, by providing nightly patrols on ranch land.

Ohana was accompanied by the co-founder and head of the group, Yoel Zilberman, along with group leaders, as well as those on patrol and other volunteers.

"I met Yoel Zilberman at a demonstration in Beit Elazri for a resident who had shot to defend himself, his family and his property.

"This is the goal of the group, which just nine years ago had 35 volunteers and now has 35 thousand. Tonight, I joined a guard shift in grazing land in the Alonim Forest and in Beit Lehem in the Galilee, and I was impressed upfront by the challenges that stand before ranchers and volunteers in the group," Ohana said.

Head of Hashomer Hahadash Yoel Zilberman said that "the incident in Beit Elazri, in which a citizens shot thieves and killed one of them as a result, is not a new or outstanding occurrence; just this past week the security coordinator of Kibbutz Ramot Menashe was attacked, and he shot the suspect, who successfully fled the scene. Everyday there's something.

"Agricultural crime and damage to personal security are an inseparable part of the [unacceptable] culture of 'learning to live' with criminal activity and bullying in Israel. Israeli police and border police prove - in every mission for which they get full government backing – that there's none better than they to fulfill the mission."

Zilberman added: "On the day that the issue of personal security receives the attention and backing that it deserves, the consequences will be seen in all fields of law enforcement and defense of the citizens of the State. To this end, it's important to understand that every perimeter fence, camera or metal gate we hide behind won't improve our situation – it will only make it worse. We need to return to the days of personal defense, while seeing that there is no need for outside security for communities."

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