BY YAAKOV REINITZ AND YISRAEL PRICE
YERUSHALAYIM – In response to mounting evidence of police brutality loosed upon chareidi visitors at Meron on Lag BaOmer, United Torah Judaism representatives have called for a formal state inquiry.
Dozens of eyewitness reports describing physical and verbal abuse by club-wielding police directed at people whose only crime was crowding on the roadside in search of transportation indicate that the organizational collapse was accompanied by an ethical collapse, as well.
A statement issued by UTJ denounced the behavior of the police, “hitting people, trampling on women and children with their horses, with the most abusive language, curses heard from both the police and the bus drivers.”
MK Rabbi Yisrael Eichler (UTJ) rose to the podium at the Knesset to urge the establishment of a panel of inquiry, saying that after “tens of thousands of people stood in the heat without water” during the organizational collapse, it is not possible to proceed with business as usual.
Meanwhile, the secular Israeli media failed to report the charges of police misconduct.