"We were left out there [by the police]," said Sappir. "Some of us formed a human chain which actually worked pretty well in keeping the ultra-Zionists from attacking us. Some people fled into a cafe and were attacked there, and someone had a chair broken over their head."
'When it's right-wing people doing stuff, we look aside, and when it's leftist people like you, we will hunt you down.'
Inbal Sinai, a Jaffa-based Jewish Israeli anti-war activist, recounted harassment by police sympathetic to the right wing. Sinai told VICE News about an interrogation for charges that she is not allowed to discuss, as the investigation is ongoing. "I asked the police officer why they don't deal with racist and criminal problems in Jaffa. The police officer said to me, 'When it's right-wing people that control the state doing stuff, we look aside, and when it's leftist people like you who are against the state, we will hunt you down.'"Sinai added: "I told the head of investigation about this and he said that he didn't know about it, even though everything in the investigation room is recorded. They harassed me, telling me, 'You are a whore and you like Arab dick.' It's not the first time."In response to the heightened violence of the pro-war crowds and police antipathy, anti-war protestors have taken measures to protect themselves. Sappir told VICE News: "There are groups that are now involved in self-defense. They make a human chain to form a buffering block if the demonstration is attacked."
While anti-war Jewish Israelis have suffered violence while police turn a blind eye, Palestinians inside Israel have suffered additional punishment.