During Thursday’s session of the Knesset, Security Amir Minister Ohana addressed the killing this past Saturday of Iyad Halak, a Palestinian man with special needs, by police officers. Minister Ohana extended his condolences to Halak’s family and said “this incident is also being investigated, so I am not pronouncing judgement, but I think that it can be said with confidence that this family deserves an embrace.”
Ohana told the Knesset, he plans to examine the treatment of disabled persons and the manner in which disabled persons are identified. “There is not much that can be done in the field, but maybe there are nuances, maybe there are things that can be understood, to prevent the recurrence of such incidents,” he said, adding that the procedure for dealing with disabled persons must be clarified within Israel Police.
He also addressed a motion submitted for the agenda submitted by MK Yousef Jabareen (Joint List) on the “deadly shooting of a young Arab man by security guards at Tel HaShomer Hospital.” The motion was submitted following the incident that occurred at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer two weeks ago in which Mustafah Yunis was shot to death by security guards following a stabbing attempt.
MK Jabareen addressed the incident at the Sheba Medical Center and said it was an “execution” of a “helpless, neutralized man who is lying on the road and is being shot at from every direction.”
“The loss could have been prevented. I stand here and am afraid the cover-up system will continue to work. And why? Because the youngster is an Arab youngster,” he said. “When you say Damo Berosho (literally: “His blood is on his head”; idiomatically: “It’s his responsibility”) regarding a civilian who attacked police officers, you are giving officers a green light to continue with this violent and deadly conduct. Not even one day had passed since this statement was made and Iyad Halak was murdered in east Jerusalem.”