At approximately 5:00am today, Tuesday, 4 Cheshvan, Israel Police Yassam (Special Forces) troops raided the home of a family residing in Beit Hadassah, Hebron. The father of the family passed away several months ago after succumbing to a serious illness. The police woke up the widow and orphans, the youngest of whom is approximately 18 months old, and conducted a search of the house for his weapon, which had been stolen.
Several months ago, the family filed a police report that the weapon which belonged to their late father had been stolen. The police had searched the house in the past and investigated the family members and friends of the deceased; however the weapon has not yet been found.
Nevertheless, a predawn raid was carried out today, as police arrived armed with a search warrant. The residents of Hebron are furious at the conduct of the police, who for no understandable reason are cruelly treating a widow and orphans, and cite the verse “Thou shall not afflict any widow, or orphan… if they cry out to Me, I will surely hear their cry”.
MK Michael Ben-Ari said in response that, “This is an atrocious lack of sensitivity on the part of the police. In this instance it would have been appropriate to show particular consideration, and in light of the fact that the house had already been searched, this is a case of harassment for harassment’s sake.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)