Surfing Settlers Threaten Suicide At Sea

Haaretz reports,

Avid surfers from several Gush Katif communities are threatening to take their boards out to sea on evacuation day and commit mass suicide by drowning. Settlement secretariats, psychologists and social workers have known about the plans of these young men, aged 16-21, for several weeks.
Some members of the group have had first-hand experience of grief when close relatives or friends were killed in terrorist attacks. Others grew up in families where parents have also threatened suicide over the upcoming evacuation.
Neveh Dekalim’s chief security officer, Ami Shaked, confirmed this information yesterday. “The report is very serious. I plan to talk with the boys. These are guys who have fallen into very deep emotional distress. They have seen their parents in tough crisis situations. I believe that if I can manage to deal with the hard core of the group, which numbers 10-12 people concentrated in one of the settlements, the others will drop the matter. I will personally do everything to prevent [suicides], including shooting them in the legs,” he said.

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9 thoughts on “Surfing Settlers Threaten Suicide At Sea

  1. This was simply bad translation.
    The guy clearly meant that if they were going to commit suicide, he’d shoot them in their legs to prevent them from running out into the sea.
    I personally think that is reasonable enough – get a minor wound in your leg rather than dying by suicide.

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