Moalem-Refaeli: Investigate police conduct

MK demands comprehensive investigation into Amona, urges police brutality sufferers to file Police Investigations Division complaint.

Hezky Baruch ,

Facing the police in tears: Mualem-Refaeli in Amona
Facing the police in tears: Mualem-Refaeli in Amona

MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (Jewish Home) called for an investigation into police conduct during the evacuation of Amona, following a growing body of complaints about police brutality during the evacuation.

"I came to Amona on Monday evening and I spent 36 hours straight there. During the expulsion I moved between the homes of residents. It was clear that the conduct of the police officers was restrained and respectful in comparison to their previous expulsion, especially in places where there were public leaders and media teams", says Moalem-Refaeli.

"However, in places where there was no communication or where they ordered the photographers to leave, there were complaints of violence by police officers," says Moalem-Refaeli and continues, "At the Nizri home - where I spent many hours - most of the time a painful expulsion was conducted accompanied by passive resistance and people being dragged out. At times, things got out of hand and excessive force was used, including against family members, requiring me to intervene by shouting and demanding a break. Things calmed down only after my talk with the senior officers."

She said, "Throughout the day I received reports of police brutality on buses and total lack of separation between families who were expelled from their homes and others, causing parents and children of families who were expelled being sent in buses to Tel Aviv instead of alighting at the seminary in Ofra.

"I call on the police to carry out a thorough investigation as always and at the same time I appeal to all those who have been attacked: Go and complain to the Police Investigations Division . The fact that police conduct was better than at previous expulsions does not justify those cases of severe violence, and citizens who came to democratically protest must not remain silent," says Moalem-Refaeli.