Guards died due to ‘lack of train­ing’

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BY AN­SHEL PF­EF­FER

THE MUR­DER of two civil­ian se­cu­rity guards last Fri­day at the Nitzanei Oz in­dus­trial area, near Tul Karm, has sparked a de­bate over the qual­ity of tens of thou­sands of Is­raeli guards.

Eli Wasser­man and Shi­mon Mizrahi were shot dead while guard­ing a plas­tics fac­tory. Ha­mas and Is­lamic Ji­had jointly took re­spon­si­bil­ity.

One se­cu­rity guard had been stand­ing with his back to Tul Karm, a sec­ond had left his weapon in his car and a third ran away when shoot­ing be­gan. The com­man­der of IDF forces in the West Bank, Brig-Gen Noam Ti­bon, said that “one trained guard should have been enough to pre­vent this at­tack”.

“I hate to say some­thing bad about peo­ple who have just been mur­dered, but those two men weren’t pro­fes­sion­als. They didn’t have the proper train­ing or ca­pa­bil­i­ties to counter a ter­ror at­tack,” said Pini Shif, who heads the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Se­cu­rity Com­pa­nies in Is­rael.

“The mo­ment some­one stands at the en­trance of a su­per­mar­ket, shop or gov­ern­ment of­fice, he’s au­to­mat­i­cally called a se­cu­rity guard and that is a to­tal dis­re­gard of the con­cept of se­cu­rity, which is a pro­fes­sion.”

Mr Shif added that some 70,000 civil­ians worked in the se­cu­rity in­dus­try, few of them ad­e­quately trained.

“The po­lice de­cide upon the se­cu­rity nec­es­sary,” he added, “and when a gov­ern­ment of­fice or private com­pany puts out a ten­der, those are the guide­lines. The prob­lem is that many in­sti­tu­tions hire the cheap­est com­pany, even though they know that there is no way that they can hire suit­able guards for that price.”

“We got ev­ery kind of sick and dis­abled per­son here,” said a shoot­ing-range man­ager in Jerusalem who pre­ferred not to be iden­ti­fied. “Peo­ple aged 65, over­weight and out of shape; none of them will ever be able to face a ter­ror­ist, but they know that if they do just ba­sic shoot­ing train­ing, they will be able to get jobs as school or restau­rant guards eas­ily.”

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