Yom Kippur War vets take tank from Golan memorial site to protest planned judicial changes

This handout photo from February 16, 2023, shows a Sho't tank that was taken from the Tel Saki memorial site in the Golan Heights, by veterans of the 1973 Yom Kippur War to protest the government's planned judicial overhaul, February 16, 2023. (Israel Police)
This handout photo from February 16, 2023, shows a Sho't tank that was taken from the Tel Saki memorial site in the Golan Heights, by veterans of the 1973 Yom Kippur War to protest the government's planned judicial overhaul, February 16, 2023. (Israel Police)

A police investigation is launched after a group of former soldiers who fought in the Yom Kippur War remove a tank from a site in the Golan Heights that commemorates a famous battle during the 1973 conflict, in protest of the government’s push to upend the judiciary.

Video shows the protesters tying a banner to a trailer carrying the Sho’t tank, the Israeli term for the British-made Centurion, which was taken from Tel Saki.

“The soldiers of 1973 [Yom] Kippur are fighting for the character of the country,” the banner reads.

Pictures released by police showed the word “democracy” spray-painted in Hebrew on it.

A police statement says officers tracked down the tank at Kibbutz Gadot, near the Golan, after receiving a report it was stolen.

The driver of the truck that hauled the tank and the protest organizer were detained and taken for questioning.

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