Minister Ohana visits Yosef Fleishman
Minister Ohana visits Yosef Fleishmanצילום: לשכה

The family of an elderly haredi man who was hospitalized after being mistakenly arrested by police recently lambasted the police department for the false arrest and subsequent abandonment of the man in the middle of the night far from his home with no means of transportation.

Yosef Fleishman, 66, was dragged from his bed in the Beit Yisrael neighborhood of Jerusalem last Thursday and arrested by police, after officers mistakenly identified him as a wanted suspect.

Hours later, after officers realized their mistake, Fleishman, who suffers from a mental disorder, was released, but given no means of transportation back home, leaving him to wander the streets in the middle of the night.

Fleishman was later declared missing, only to be discovered 15 hours later when he was found lying in the woods, suffering from hypothermia. He was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Hospital for treatment.

Fleishman’s nephew, Yeshayahu Fleishman, excoriated police after watching footage of his uncle’s arrest.

“Accursed, wicked people,” Yeshayahu said of police, according to a report by Yediot Aharanot Monday.

“We saw how horribly they dragged him out. But the worst part was that they released him without someone to accompany him. They left him on death’s doorstep.”

“How could something like this happen? You can easily see that he is handicapped Why did they drag him out without shoes on? Why did they rush him around? And worst of all was when they released him – the police just let him go without anyone to go with him; they left him on death’s doorstep. If this were a secular person from Tel Aviv, this would never have happened. Since it is a haredi man from Meah Sharim, so who cares.”

A police spokesperson responded to the incident saying in a statement: “Following the incident, the district chief has appointed a senior commander to investigate the matter and to deliver the findings of his examination.”