National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir spoke to reporters Sunday morning about the demonstrators who protested outside the synagogue he was praying in on Saturday morning in the village of Kfar Uria.
“I’m not worried about the demonstrations, on the contrary, they can demonstrate, they can shout, freedom of expression for everyone,” said Ben-Gvir. “But I can’t imagine that those people who came with airhorns and loudspeakers and stood at the windows of the synagogue in Kfar Uria and disturbed me from praying, I can’t imagine that they would do that at a mosque. Demonstrations yes – anarchy no.”
Ben-Gvir and his wife and children spent the weekend in the village of Kfar Uria. About a hundred demonstrators came to the village to demonstrate against the government’s policy and the judicial reforms and gathered outside the community synagogue during Shabbat prayers to shout and make loud noises with megaphones and airhorns.
Residents who were angered at the deliberate disturbance of the Shabbat morning services confronted the demonstrators and the confrontation turned violent, with firecrackers, stones, and smoke grenades being thrown. Two protesters were arrested, and a counter-protester was arrested on suspicion he threw stones.
Ben-Gvir wrote on his Twitter account: “Demonstrate against me as much as you want. I will fight for your right to demonstrate. But why go up to the windows of the synagogue with loudspeakers, honk, scream and ruin people’s Shabbat? I’m sure if this was a mosque you would respect the customs of the locals . But against religious Jews, it turns out that everything is allowed. Thank you to the residents of Kfar Uria for your wonderful hospitality.”