Fam­i­lies tak­ing de­fence into their own hands

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY NAOMI FIRSHT

IS­RAELI FAM­I­LIES are stock­ing up on pep­per spray and turn­ing ev­ery­day ob­jects into im­promptu “weapons” as they at­tempt to de­fend them­selves against the terror at­tacks.

On Tues­day, Ra’anana es­tateagen­tMichaelRe­havi grabbed an um­brella from the cor­ner of his of­fice when he heard the screams of a knife-at­tack vic­tim in the street out­side.

Wield­ing the um­brella as a ba­ton, Mr Re­havi re­peat­edly beat the ter­ror­ist un­til he was no longer a threat.

On the same day in Jerusalem a by­stander wit­ness­ing the Malkhei Yis­rael Street at­tack re­port­edly used a selfie stick to take on the at­tacker.

Yair Ben-Sha­bat was mean­while pic­tured on Mon­day wield­ing a more tra­di­tional mar­tial arts weapon — a nunchuk.

He was said to have jumped onto a bus and used the chained ba­tons to over­power a ter­ror­ist who had stolen a soldier’s ri­fle.

A shop selling spy equip­ment in Tel Aviv sold out of pep­per spray, shock­ers and clubs, selling al­most three weeks’ stock in one day.

In a bid to help Is­raelis de­fend them­selves, for­mer IDF Krav Maga in­struc­tor Josh Carr has of­fered free cour­ses in de­fend­ing against knife at­tacks.

Af­ter post­ing the of­fer on Face­book, the South A f r i c a n i mmig r a n t re­ceived more than 1,000 replies, and now plans to hold train­ing ses­sions in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and other cities. A mock IDF badge was shared online

There has been a surge in par­tic­i­pants at Krav Maga classes across Is­rael

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

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