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  6/29/2014, Tammuz 1, 5774

Bill to End False-Alarm Calls to Emergency Services


In the wake of June 12th abduction of three teenagers in Judea, where false alarms played a part in the lack of a quick response by authorities, Member of Knesset Nissan Slomianski (Jewish Home) talked to Arutz Sheva on Sunday about his bill, which would fine people 10,000 shekels for willfully placing a phony emergency call to police or emergency services. He stressed that one should not infer from his proposal that such a call was involved in the kidnapping, although it was possible.

No less than 42 percent of calls to the police switchboard are of the crank or harassing variety and the Magen David Adom (MDA-Red Star of David) emergency service reported that a quarter of the six million calls it gets every year are false alarms. Slomianski said MDA in the Etzion bloc of Judean Jewish communities, south of Jerusalem, told him they average six such calls a week.