Yesha Council to Defense Minister: Stop the shooting in Judea and Samaria

Yesha Council appeals to Minister of Defense in light of increase in shooting incidents in Arab localities in Judea and Samaria.

Ben Ariel ,

Yesha Council chairman David Elhayani
Yesha Council chairman David Elhayani
Hezki Baruch

The Yesha Council on Monday sent a letter to Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Minister in the Defense Ministry Michael Biton, demanding that they deal with the shooting incidents in Arab localities in Judea and Samaria this past Shabbat.

The letter, signed by 15 council heads from Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley, states that "this shooting repeats itself every year, but this year it crossed every boundary in quantity and proximity to Israeli communities."

The heads of the Yesha Council said that this is a life-threatening situation for the residents of the region as well as a huge environmental hazard. "Unsupervised firing could, God forbid, result in injury or death to a person, or damage to property. Weapons and explosives are being held illegally by hostile elements in an alarming and dangerous manner."

"It is worth mentioning here the IDF wounded, the battle-wounded," they added. "Such noises can cause them severe psychological damage. Their lives are difficult even without adding the noisy explosions that have become a regular hazard."

They demanded that the ministers act as soon as possible to strengthen "governance in the area, investigate and deal with weapons and explosives that are commonly found in Judea, Samaria and Jordan Valley, and to stop these events which disrupt the lives of hundreds of thousands of residents and endanger their lives."

The letter follows the sounds of explosion that were heard throughout Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley, coming from the launching of tens of thousands of fireworks and firing in the air by Arab residents of the area on the occasion of the conclusion of the matriculation exams for 12th graders.