“Police have failed to protect directors of the chevra kadisha and the cemeteries” said MK Uri Maklev during a session of the Knesset Interior Committee addressing the lack of security for personal and the ongoing vandalism and attacks in cemeteries.
He added “The feeling is that instead of police assuming responsibility and acting to stop violence against the chevra kadishas, which has already led to the death of Benny Hasa z”l of the Haifa Chevra Kadisha, police are busy passing responsibility onto the chevra kadisha organizations themselves to arrange for private security companies. This is an ongoing failure”.
The meeting was caused in response to attacks against religious council officials in Tel Regev.
Chevra kadisha heads from around the country participated in the Knesset committee session. Maklev questioned how police are standing by while violence against chevra kadisha officials continues four years after Hasa was killed.
It was explained that the security limitations are directly the result of a lack of budget. Maklev stated one cannot speak about loss of life and monetary concerns in the same sentence and the welfare of the heads of the chevra kadisha organizations cannot be abandoned as the case is today.
Police representatives explained private security companies are responsible. It was added that in 16 cases sufficient criminal indictments were filed in the hope of achieving a conviction, but there were only convictions in three cases since the court felt evidence was lacking and Maklev explained only police can address this, not private security companies.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)