Zandberg slams Minister Erdan’s gun policy, calls him to ‘save lives’

Following the gunning down of 40-year-old Ofir Hisdai in front of his wife and children during an argument over a parking space, Zandberg called to restrict access to gun ownership.

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July 30, 2019 00:13
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Tamar Zandberg

Tamar Zandberg. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg slammed Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Monday following a shooting incident in which a 40-year-old man was gunned down in front of his family during an argument over a parking space in Ramle.

“What else has to happen in order for Minister Erdan and (Justice Minister Amir) Ohana to realize that the policy they push forward, which makes obtaining a gun permit easier, causes these things,” she said on social media.

Israelis who wish to carry a gun must undertake a special exam, pay a large sum of money, and register with the police. Erdan argued in the past that in a country with such unique security concerns such as Israel, gun ownership would be a positive thing. 

The shooter in the Sunday incident, a man in his seventies, had a permit for the gun he carried and used to shoot his victim. 

The victim, Ofir Hisdai, was looking after a disabled wife and two daughters with special needs.    

Zandberg lauded the efforts of the feminist group “The gun on the kitchen table” that fights for gun permit reform. On their social media platform, the group said that arming civilians was a “slippery slope” and that no official data existed about the number of times armed civilians had been able to prevent a terrorist attack. 


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