Following a deterioration in Jerusalem’s security situation, Honenu legal aid activists distributed “legal first aid” cards to security guards on the light rail and to police around the city.
Honenu director Shmuel (Zangi) Meidad distributed the cards in several locations in Jerusalem and, and reported that “the response was enthusiastic.”
“The policemen were very pleased with the cards they received, ” said Meidad. “The policemen constantly face difficult dilemmas. We are saying ‘Protect your lives and ours and we will back you.'”
Security guards on the light rail, who are frequently summoned by the police for questioning, following complaints by Arabs who were stopped and frisked as potential terrorists, were also pleased to receive the cards.
“One of the guards, a recently discharged soldier, told us that he became aware of our organization during his army service, after one of his friends found himself in a difficult situation and was assisted by us, ” said Meidad, explaining: “The guards are in a catch-22 situation. Refraining from examining a suspicious Arab on the train could cost many Jewish lives. On the other hand, there is always the chance of becoming embroiled in legal complications.”
In the coming days, Honenu activists expect to continue distributing the cards, which have already proved to be a valuable resource to numerous soldiers who have turned to Honenu for legal assistance after receiving them.