Police Confiscating Settlers’ Guns, Thereby Endangering Jews
Yisrael Genoth, who had his personal firearm confiscated by the police, tells of how he could likely have stopped the terror attack at the Jaffa Gate if he had his gun.
While the wedding video of Jews dancing with guns is being used to paint a certain picture, the truth is rather more complicated. In truth, the police often deny the requests of Jewish settlers to receive gun permits and thereby endanger Jewish lives.
Yisrael Genoth, a resident of Kiryat Arba, tells of how he was present at the latest terror attack by the Jaffa Gate where two Jews were murdered. According to Genoth, if he had his gun, he likely could have stopped the attack, but his personal firearm was confiscated by the police a few years ago. The reason for the confiscation was because he visited the destroyed Jewish town of Homesh in the northern Shomron.
In an interview with Hakol Hayehudi, Genoth explains that when the attack took place he happened to be passing by on his way to work. He says that the attack occurred less than 20 meters from him and that it took almost a minute before any shots were fired at the terrorists. “I saw two people jump on a third person and I immediately realized it was a terror attack. Unfortunately, there was not much for me to do since I was unarmed and had no way to fight the attackers,” says Genoth. “I felt totally helpless.”
Genoth says this is the first time he was this close to a terror attack in real-time, but he says there were several other cases where he arrived just seconds later. One incident he mentioned was an attack where a friend of his was stabbed and he arrived a minute or two later.
“If I arrived after a minute, then it’s quite possible that I could also arrive a minute earlier should there be another attack again,” argues Genoth. “Obviously it would be beneficial to have another person with a firearm who travels between Kiryat Arba and Jerusalem.” He also says that his friend, Meir Podlovski, survived that attack because of a miracle. “When he got to the hospital they said he had a 10% chance to live, but thank G-d, he recovered quickly and returned home.”
The reason Genoth’s gun was confiscated is because he participated in a hike to the former Jewish town of Homesh in the northern Shomron. Genoth says that from a legal perspective it is unclear why the police confiscated his gun, since at the time that he went to Homesh, the courts had ruled that it was permitted to go there.
He explains that he was charged with violating the law that governed the Gaza Expulsion, but a judge had ruled that going to Homesh did not violate that law. Later, the police appealed the decision and the District Court revised the decision to say that going up to Homesh was illegal. Nonetheless, at the time when Genoth went up, there was no clear legal precedent against going up.
Genoth says that besides for confiscating his weapon, he was also released from the reserves. “Several years ago they stopped my reserve duty,” says Genoth, “Now, even though I have a few years to go before reaching the official age of release, they told me they don’t want me to show up.”