Israel: Police attack anti-regime protesters with chemical weapons

Source: Yedioth Ahronoth [Israel]

“Israeli demonstrators protesting the government’s judicial overhaul on Wednesday clashed with police as nationwide rallies over the legislative push turned violent. At first, the police stood by to maintain order, but as the protesters blocked the main thoroughfare, an order was given, and stun grenades were thrown into the crowd. The police then used crown dispersal measures against the protesters including water guns and tear gas. This was an escalation in the protests that were mostly conducted without police intervention over the past weeks, including in mass demonstrations outside the Knesset. Organizers said at least 11 protesters were hurt and at least 37 were arrested. … National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir was at the police headquarters overseeing activities. He called the protesters ‘anarchists,’ and pledged he would not allow disruption of day-to-day life. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Ben-Gvir had his full support.” (03/01/23)