On video: Medical staff at Hadassah Hospital were attacked by a patient's family (Hadassa Spokesperson)
The Jerusalem District Police Prosecution Unit filed charges against two defendants in the recent attack on medical staff in hospitals in the city.
In the first case, Maher Rashek, a 24-year-old resident of East Jerusalem, was charged for assaulting an emergency worker, simple assault and wild behavior in a public place.
According to the indictment, on May 16, Rashek and his family arrived at Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital in Jerusalem, where his grandfather was hospitalized.
The family members were gathered in the emergency room and beyond the curtain of the treatment room where the grandfather was, where resuscitation operations were being performed by the medical team at the same time.
After the grandfather's condition improved, and he woke up, the nurse asked the accused to come out from behind the curtain in the treatment room, but he pulled her tightly by the hand, told her to come to him and pulled her towards the patient's bed.
In response to this, the nurse sought the help of the security guards who were there, but Rashek pushed the security guard away who tried to keep him away from the nurse and the treatment room.
Police and other security personnel who were called to the scene ordered the accused to leave the room but he refused their instructions and a riot broke out on the spot involving the accused and his family members who tried to prevent the accused's removal and arrest.
The scene of the attack at Hadassah Hospital, May (photo: official website, spokeswoman of Hadassah Hospital)
The second incident occurred ten days later at the additional branch of the Hadassah Medical Center, in the Ein Kerem neighborhood in the west of the city, where the defendant's father Yassin Kamal, a 21-year-old resident of East Jerusalem, was hospitalized. Around 11 a.m., a medical staff member informed Kamal and his family members that the hospitalized father had died, and explained to them the cause of his death.
In response to the message, an argument began on the part of the family members, which included a burst of shouting, and a medical staff member was hit in the neck by the accused.
As a result of the blow, the crew member's glasses fell to the floor and he suffered pain.
The investigation and intelligence officer of the Shalem station in the Jerusalem district, Corporal Nadav Rappaport, said in response to the first case: "Following a serious incident of violence against medical staff in which the suspect attacked a nurse at Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital, the suspect was arrested during the investigative activity of the Shalem station in the Jerusalem district, and today he was charged Indictment by the Police Prosecution Unit of the Jerusalem District. In accordance with the policy of the district commander, we will continue to act against incidents of violence of any kind and especially against public employees and medical staff, with a hard hand without compromise in order to reach the truth and bring those involved to justice, and we will always work with great determination to reduce The incidents of violence of any kind and anywhere. This activity is a national mission and the Israel Police will lead it for the personal safety of all citizens."
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