Yair Lapid 370.
(photo credit: Ricardo Mallaco)
Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid Party slammed Tel Aviv Police on Sunday morning after
undercover officers were filmed patrolling a social justice protest on Saturday
night wearing the party’s T-shirts.
Spokeswoman Nili Reichman said the
party would file a complaint with the Justice Ministry’s Police Investigation
Department as well as with Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich’s
A spokeswoman for the Tel Aviv Police said the two officers who
wore Yesh Atid shirts did so of their own, and not following any police plan to
send in undercover officers posing as Lapid supporters.
In videos posted
online, two officers can be seen wearing T-shirts emblazoned with Yesh Atid’s
(“Where’s the money?”) slogan as they film protesters blocking
the junction at the end of Kaplan street across from the Defense Ministry
The protest at Kaplan began with a march from the Habimah
Theater and was held as an alternative to a social justice demonstration held at
the Tel Aviv Museum that was attended by a large number of Lapid
The Tel Aviv Museum protest included speakers who tied the
issue of social justice to universal military or civilian service, an issue that
Yesh Atid has put at the top of its agenda, and that many of the protesters at
Kaplan said they do not believe should be linked to the social justice
Though the second protest at the end of Kaplan Street was a
non-partisan action, most of those attending would not be accurately described
as Lapid supporters, making the T-shirts a futile disguise.
p.m., one of the policemen wearing a Yesh Atid shirt was surrounded by
protesters who shouted “undercover!” at him. At one point someone threw water on
the officer, who began to run. Though it is unclear what happened next, police
say that a demonstrator pepper-sprayed the officer, though demonstrators said
the officer pulled out his pepper-spray to fend off the crowd and sprayed
himself by accident. Either way, the pepper spray wafted across a wide
swath of the crowd, leaving dozens coughing.
Police arrest eight people
for disturbing the peace during the demonstration.