Hundreds of 10- and 11-year-old children in central Israel were given a demonstration by police that showed how to kill a terrorist, including officers shooting him repeatedly after he was already on the ground.
The display in Ramat Hasharon — part of the city’s annual “Community-Police Day” — caused an outcry among parents, but was defended by police as being good for the fifth graders’ “sense of security.”
A video of the event, which took place on Monday, was widely shared on social media on Tuesday.
In the demonstration, a voice can be heard telling the kids, “Don’t be shocked by the sound of the gunfire, it is part of the demonstration.”
As two police motorcycles roll up with sirens blaring, officers riding on the backs of the bikes begin to fire blanks from their M-16 rifles at the man acting the part of a terrorist.
After stopping their motorcycles, all four officers hop off and continue to fire at the “terrorist,” even as he lies sprawled on the ground.
At the end of the demonstration, the children can be heard applauding.
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Following the publication of the video, parents reacted angrily to the demonstration.
“Children are not supposed to be exposed to showcases of killing and terror,” the head of the National Parents’ Association Paz Cohen told the Walla news site. “The judgement behind this demonstration is bewildering.”
The Ramat Hasharon municipality issued a statement saying that, “In light of the complaints that were raised, the Ramat Hasharon education department, the schools’ management and the Education Ministry will conduct a new assessment to draw conclusions on the subject with the relevant security and rescue forces.”
Israel Police Spokeswoman Merav Lapidot defended the demonstration in an interview with Channel 2, saying that the presentation was good for the fifth graders’ “sense of security.”
“The demonstration strengthens the children’s sense of security [in light of] the reality in which we live in Israel,” she said. “The children know the Israel Police defend all of us.”
She also said that the children’s reactions showed that the demonstration was not problematic.
“The children clapped, they were happy,” she said.