Violence on Israeli roadways has unfortunately become increasingly commonplace, but this case, which occurred last Thursday, is not a common occurrence Baruch Hashem.
A young avreich was walking with his wife and their three-week-old infant on the streets of Moshav Yesodot, located in Nachal Sorek. No one expected the tranquility of the evening and the surrounding area to be abruptly shattered as was the case.
It was about 8:00PM when the couple was walking in the direction of the grocery store. When they arrived at a crosswalk they saw a bus nearing them at high speed. The husband crossed the street hurriedly, but his wife was afraid, remaining on the opposite sidewalk with the baby.
After permitting passengers to get off the bus, the Afikim Company driver resumed his route as the avreich pounded on the door shouting “Slow down! Slow down – you almost killed us!” While the avreich most likely did not expect an apology, one can opine he did not expect the following response either.
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The driver stopped the bus and according to a BeChadrei Chareidim report and the victim’s father-in-law, “he attacked immediately”, referring to the driver of the bus, who got out and tackled the avreich to the ground. That was not all however, as the wife and passengers on board the bus watched in horror, seeing the driver repeatedly pounding his fist into the avreich’s face, wondering why the the driver responded as he did. Passengers shouted at the driver “leave him alone” and the father-in-law adds, “my daughter approached him and shouted, ‘leave my husband alone’. However, the assault continued until a passenger got off the bus and pulled the driver off the avreich”.
The driver then got back into his seat and attempted to drive off, as if nothing had occurred, leaving his wounded victim on the ground. The husband was treated in Kaplan Hospital and upon his release, he headed to the police station to file a complaint.
The driver was taken for questioning that same night, held in the Yavne police station. Afikim Bus Company officials condemned the driver’s actions. The bus company is quoted telling BeChadrei that “it appears there is justification for the complaint against the driver, who has been summoned for a hearing on Sunday before being fired”.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)