Stocking up: Jerusalem’s surge in self-defense sales

Israelis and foreign workers are acquiring weapons and other self-defensive items as precautionary measures in the face of the unpredictable nature of danger from terrorist attacks.

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October 15, 2015 13:12
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Yair Yifrach an instructor at the Hagiva Arms shooting range, explains use of weapons and the target to a trainee. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
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"The terrorist is coming at you! Kadima [come on], kadima, kadima!” Yair Yifrach, instructor at Hagiva Arms, a weapons shop and shooting range in Givat Ze’ev, is shouting at a young man he is instructing in using a pistol, educating him in the art of reloading rapidly under pressure in the face of threats from an armed attacker. Yifrach and other proprietors of weaponry stores throughout the Jerusalem area have been experiencing a boom in business since the beginning of the recent wave of violence.

Both Israelis and foreign workers are acquiring a variety of weapons and other self-defensive items as precautionary measures in the face of the unpredictable nature of danger from stabbings and other terrorist attacks.

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