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‘There was no violence,’ says Israeli Trump supporter who raided US Capitol

Pinchas Gerby, an Israeli supporter of US President Donald Trump who was part of the mob that breached the US Capitol, speaks to Channel 12 news on January 10, 2021. (Screenshot: Channel 12)
Pinchas Gerby, an Israeli supporter of US President Donald Trump who was part of the mob that breached the US Capitol, speaks to Channel 12 news on January 10, 2021. (Screenshot: Channel 12)

Pinchas Gerby, an Israeli supporter of US President Donald Trump who participated in the breach of the US Capitol last week, speaks to Israel’s Channel 12 news about his experience.

Gerby says he was inside the Capitol building for some 30 minutes.

At the end of the pro-Trump outside the legislature, “we saw a row of police” preventing them from entering the building, Gerby says.

But then, “a mass of people pushed us forward and breached the line of police officers, there was no violence, I wasn’t dangerous, I didn’t go wild.”

Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died as a result of the siege.

 

Gerby says he and others calmly walked through the corridors and rooms of the Capitol. “When someone shattered the window glass we saw that guns were being pointed at us,” he says.

However, the situation remained so calm that at one point Gerby even asked for directions to the bathroom.

“I then saw that policemen were going room by room to empty them,” he says, adding that he was then escorted outside the compound.

Supporters of US President Donald Trump walk around in the Rotunda after breaching the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. (SAUL LOEB / AFP)

“You may call me naive, but I was protesting the fact that the courts didn’t look at the evidence” for widescale voter fraud, he says. No such evidence has been reported by credible sources or accepted by any official overseeing the election, whether Republican or Democrat.

He says he didn’t do anything wrong since he wasn’t arrested.

However, friends later warned him that the FBI sent out notices asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating members of the mob that breached the Capitol.

“You really think that with today’s technology the FBI needs help from the public to find me? They can find me in 2.5 seconds, which is 2 seconds too many,” Gerby concludes.

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