Israel-Gaza War, Humanitarian Aid

Tzav Tesha protest movement says it's not done yet

The movement, which disrupts or tries to block aid going into Gaza while there are still hostages, says it intends to keep going: "The nation has awoken and is unwilling to supply goodies to Nukhba terrorists at the expense of our hero fighters."

Blockaded aid convoy in southern Israel. (Photo: Tzav Tesha)

An end to the truck blockades? Contrary to reports this morning (Thursday), the Tzav Tesha protest movement announced it would not end its activity until all the hostages returned home.

"Already next week, we will return with great determination and with adherence to the law and respect for the security officials to block the aid trucks to Hamas. The nation has awoken and is unwilling to supply goodies to Nukhba terrorists at the expense of our hero fighters," the movement said.

This morning, Kann Reshet Bet Radio reported that Tzav Tesha announced it was freezing its activity until further notice, engaging in a "renewed preparation for renewing activity."

An Ever Escalating Protest

The movement's tactics against the aid trucks have escalated in the past few weeks. Last night, activists mistook a truck in Binyamin for an aid truck and attacked the driver. The Police detained two of those involved in the attack for interrogation.

In the beginning of the week, Tzav Tesha activists blocked aid trucks near Hebron. During this blockade, protestors tossed aid packages from the trucks, and three protestors were arrested. At least nine trucks were vandalized and looted and one was even set on fire. The police says it is investigating this disturbance of the peace.

Last Friday, more than 20 Tzav Tesha activists were arrested when blocking aid trucks near Mitzpeh Ramon. The movement said that "the State of Israel forgot who the enemy is."

Last week, dozens of protestors even blocked Road 1 in the Latrun area for a few hours to block humanitarian aid to the Strip.

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