Monday, February 06, 2006

Tens of thousands at Zion Sq. protest police action at Amona

From JPost Feb. 5, 2006 1:05 Updated Feb. 6, 2006 1:09 By ETGAR LEFKOVITS ...

Tens of thousands of right-wing demonstrators thronged the streets of downtown Jerusalem Sunday night, calling for a state commission of inquiry into the excessive use of force by police at the Amona settlement outpost last week.

The theme of the rally was "Olmert is bad for the Jews," referring to Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The demonstration, the largest of its kind since the Gaza Strip evacuation last summer, was organized by the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

The crowd, predominantly religious teenagers, repeatedly called on the government to establish a commission inquiring into what they called "the brutal police violence" during the Amona clashes, in which more than 200 people were injured. ....

...Earlier Sunday, Olmert rejected calls from across the political spectrum for the establishment of a state commission of inquiry, saying that the police and the army had to be left out of the political debate.

"What I never would have believed in my worst dreams is that a Jewish police force would act the way they did," said Oren Amitai, 30, of Amona, whose illegal home was among those demolished. "What hurts most is that Jews did this."...

..."Our generation will not give up and let the government give land that God gave us to the enemy who wants to kill us," said Ohio-born Rachel Reinbach, 18, of Jerusalem.

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