Civilians Begin Patrolling Roads of Judea (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 02/27/12)
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Fed up with the incessant rock-throwing attacks on motorists in
Judea, Jewish residents of Kiryat Arba have begun patrolling the
roads themselves, augmenting the IDF´s efforts to maintain order. The
patrols are coordinated with the IDF.
According to Chen Tohami, the initiative was born following the
murder of Asher Palmer and his son Yonatan, whose car overturned
after Arabs in an oncoming car threw a rock that hit Asher´s head.
"We felt that we can no longer sit and see our brothers´ blood being
shed and remain at home," he told Arutz Sheva.
Tohami said that while IDF soldiers are present on the roads, it
appears that they are not there in sufficient force to create
deterrence. "The fact is that when you need, them they are not always
there – that means the forces are not sufficient. It seems there is
no deterrence. Maybe there is a policy that makes this situation
possible," he added, hinting that the existence of "peace talks" with
the local Arab leadership may be hindering effective action against
Tohami says that he hopes other communities will join the initiative.
The civilian patrols are usually manned by 10-20 residents at a time,
said Tohami, although some patrols are smaller in size. The residents
inform the IDF of every patrol. The patrols have not yet gone into
action against rock throwers in real time. "When a situation like
that occurs, we will do everything possible to protect Jews," Tohami
said, preferring not to elaborate. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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