“Investigate medical staff who refused to treat terror victims”

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 11:37 Honenu attorney Adi Kedar demanded that the Jerusalem Police District Commander, Moshe (Chico) Edrei, open a criminal investigation into the medical staff of a Clalit Health Clinic suspected of not treating victims of a terror attack on Hagai Street in the Old City of Jerusalem on October 3 during the recent Succot holiday. The attack occurred directly opposite the clinic. Kedar filed the complaint after Channel 2 (Israel) broadcast a report which mentioned that Minister of Health Ya’akov Litzman ordered a comprehensive examination of the incident during which Aharon Benita (Bennett) and Rabbi Nechemia Lavi were murdered and others were injured, included Benita’s wife and son. Honenu asserts that an examination by the Ministry of Health is not enough and demands that a criminal investigation be opened against the members of the medical staff. The following are selected quotes from the complaint: “Because the violations in question are criminal, an examination by the Ministry of Health of the disciplinary aspects of the incident is not enough. The Israeli Police is the relevant law enforcement authority and has a much greater ability to effectively investigate and deal with violations such as these.” “These acts, if they were carried out, constitute a violation of the penal code, paragraph 338(a)(7), negligence, and a violation of the right to medical care which is set in the law of patients’ rights, paragraph 3, and in addition to that violating the ‘Good Samaritan Law’. Theses acts are significantly more serious when victims of a terror attacks are involved and the reasons for the refusal to offer medical aid appear to stem from a racist motive.” “There is no need to elaborate on the contempt one has for such acts. However it is appropriate for the severity of the acts to be reflected by the police investigating criminals with the goal being to put them on trial.”

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