Shock And Revulsion After Elderly Man Pushed Violently To Ground By Police In Meron

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — A clip of an elderly charedi man being knocked to the ground violently by police in Meron has enraged the public in Israel. Political leaders from across the spectrum strongly condemned the conduct of the police, with some comparing it to the much lighter treatment meted out to protesters at anti-government demonstrations.

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The incident occurred after hundreds of charedi worshipers illegally broke into Rashbi, which had been declared a closed military zone (except for residents of Meron itself who were permitted to enter), and refused to leave the compound, clashing with police who tried to eject them. Police succeeded in dispersing the worshipers, sometimes using force and even firing shots in the air.

Rabbi Avraham Kreuzer who was pushed by a border police officer yesterday during the Lag B’Omer celebrations in Meron, poses for a picture outside a synagogue in Jerusalem, May 27, 2024. Photo by Chaim Goldberg/Flash90 

Jerusalem Minister Meir Porush said, “The horrific sight of a Border Police officer violently pushing an elderly Jew to the ground, or another officer firing in the air at a civilian event, hurts every person’s heart and is inconceivable. I demand that the violent police officers be immediately removed from their positions.”

Religious Affairs Minister Michael Malkieli called the incident “an inconceivable scene which cannot be ignored. Justice will immediately be done with the violators! We cannot simply move past this crime.”

MK Yoni Mashriki, chairman of the Health Committee, said, “There was and will not be any justification for endangering the life of a helpless elderly individual and throwing him on the ground cruelly and mercilessly. I call on the Unit for Investigation of Police Officers and on the Border Police to investigate the incident and bring those involved fully to justice.”

Culture and Sport Minister Miki Zohar said that “The shocking footage of a policeman brutally throwing an elderly charedi man on the floor in Meron must lead to an investigation and immediate action, irrespective of the circumstances which led to it. Even though ascending to Meron was prohibited by law and the authorities must enforce that law, nothing can justify such violent conduct.”

A police statement read, “Since the morning hours, hundreds of people arrived at the area of the gravesite, clashing with the police and causing damage to property placed at the site for the purpose of ensuring their safety.”

 

 


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Jay
Jay
22 days ago

That police office drawing a pistol is simply ridiculous and frankly dangerous. He should be fired immediately.

Zumy
Zumy
22 days ago

What transpired yesterday in Miron could have been pre-scripted. Despite the closure, and the appeals to stay away because of sakana, some daring individuals were going to come regardless. All you need is a horrendous image of a cop shoving an elderly man violently onto concrete to reinforce the indignation. lt was a situation fraught with risk and entitlement. Cops are trained to control crowds, sometimes with brutality. No, they dont like being called Nazis or having objects lobbed at them. Their job yesterday was highly unpleasant and taxing. And while they didn’t fear for their lives, they were plenty riled up and aggressive. The police commanders should have been ore on top of their act to rein in police conduct. But the bottom line is, when the whole country is on edge, threatened by vicious enemies south and north, please daven for peace and for the Geula Shleima. There are so many Holy Places in Yerushalayim. Do it in safety and definitely not in a defiant and risky fashion.

Yosef
Yosef
22 days ago

There is no question that the cops mishandled the situation, however, if the police say to stay away, then stay away. It is not a mitzvah mideroaisa or miderabanan to go to never rashbi on lag b’omer.
If you go in violation of the rules, you should be ready for trouble.

Arco
Arco
22 days ago

I don’t see any outrage over the people who threw tables, chairs and water bottles at the cops.

Just Sayin
Just Sayin
22 days ago

While the police actions are inexcusable, the real problem is the fact that hundreds went to Meron against the army’s orders. The army was acting for the safety of the citizens as well as those in the police and the army that had to expose themselves in the open to make sure that everyone on the site was safe.

These selfish actions by those who went to Meron are the true disgusting act.

As they put not only their own lives at risk from rockets from Hezbollah, but also the soldiers and police that had to be there.

Also consider that the police who had to be there, and the soldiers who had to be there, were therefore, not someone else where they were probably needed during an active war, or at home on a much needed rest.

Consider also the cost to the government to protect those who went to Meron. That cost is an additional burden that the entire country needs to cover.

Finally, consider the Chillul HaShem created because all of these police and soldiers were ordered to put their lives in danger to babysit those who came to Meron against the orders of the government.

So again, while there is no excuse for the police actions, I can at least appreciate why he was particularly upset that day!

Noach
Noach
22 days ago

How did all those get there if they blocked off the roads? Are you saying that zakein in shtreimel climbed by foot through the forest hills?

Eli Green
Eli Green
22 days ago

Stein,
It’s Interesting that during the G Floyd riots, any officer that touched a “peaceful demonstrator” was reprimanded, charged or sued. I don’t recall “Mr. Emes” denouncing the perpetrator for getting themselves in harms way. Yet when it comes to an orthodox person dressed in Chassidic garb with long side curls, you feel the need to voice your animosity.

Stupidity & Cruelty
Stupidity & Cruelty
22 days ago

Can two things be true at the same time?

1-Going to Meron when the gov’t asked people to stay away is foolhardy, irresponisble and against Torah values, at the least. The gov’t didnt ask people to stay away to hurt them, but to protect them. Israel is at war, and the situation is complex.
The Charedi world needs to do some soul searching. Of course, the small crowds making trouble are only a fraction of our community. Tens of thousands took part in alternate celebrations, with beautiful tefillos and respect. Nevertheless, we need to own and clean up this crazy segment that seems to define themselves with one word: Defiance – just being against because you can be against. Their coming to Meron and their disregard of the heavy responsibility that the go’vt has to take into consideration during these difficult times is utterly shameful.

2- This pushing incident is deplorable. There can be zero excuses made for it. I dont care if the guy was instigating the police or what. The guy who pushed has sadistic tendencies. Take this image and transplant it in any other country, it would have been seen as a sadistic, Nazi act. That this happens in the holy land is a tragedy, and a desecration of the land itself. If they would arrest the man, fine. But a push like that can kill. Last I checked, vigilante justice, the death penalty and such are not meted out for rude civil disobedience. This pushing is a travesty and sadly, a reflection of the lack of basic decency and Jewish values in certain segments of Israeli society. If a young Charedi person sees this footage, it only underscores their suspicion as being fully merited, and yes, that police officer deserves to be called a Nazi. Its beyond shameful.

These two truths, that these Jews had absolutely zero business coming to Meron at such a time, and the abhorent nature of the police officer’s behaviour are both truth.

One does not have to negate one to express the other.

The Charedi community has some soul searching to do, why a beautiful minhag – but a minhag nonetheless, can trump basic Derech Eretz and common sense. There is too much superficiality in our observance, we need to internalize better messaging in the chinuch.

There is no excuse for this stupidity.

The police in Israel, need to start behaving like Jews. Until they stop acting like Nazis, they will be called Nazis, and rightfully so. Context or no context, that pushing could have killed the guy. Personal animosity, vigilante behaviour is wrong, no matter who the doer is.

There is no excuse for this cruelty.

Alta Bubby
Alta Bubby
22 days ago

Listen to rules and not be pig headed and not come to Meron this year!
It was a huge Chilul Ha Shem!!!
No excuse!!!!
Be an example of pristine behavior

Holy Moe
Holy Moe
22 days ago

Reb Avrohom Kreuzer, the victim, announced earlier today that if the policeman that threw him down will ask for forgiveness he will forgive him.
Mi KeAmcha Yisroel

Yumi Santiago
Yumi Santiago
22 days ago

Noone even knows if he was a resident of Meron in which case he had permission to be there. How could they prove otherwise anyway?

A concerned yid
A concerned yid
22 days ago

If yoir comments dont toe the party line of the frum.jews are wrong, they get mysteriously deleted…..

Alta Bubby
Alta Bubby
18 days ago

This gov has lost its sensibilities!!
I just read that the gov isn’t allowing anyone to go up to Shmuel Ha Navi on his Yohrzeit!!!.
Yet, the wicked who decided this
They allowed a disgusting abominable pride parade yesterday in the Streets of Holy Jerusalem , Israel blocking our streets and traffic whole people are trying to prepare for the Holy Shabbat!!
That is fine.?,
Too bad a rocket didn’t destroy them, if they don’t do tshuva
Terrible
And no one talks about this!!!
Disgusting!!!
Does anyone truly care???

Rebice
Rebice
22 days ago

How would these tipshim that went tp Meron respond to a missile from Hezbollah hitting Meron again. Would they blame the pokice?

Instead of protesting they SHOULD join the army and assist in protecting Klal Yisroel.

anonymous
anonymous
22 days ago

Not 1 person ran to assist the elterah Yid ????

Shlomo
Shlomo
22 days ago

Why can’t people have respect for the law? The police and army are not the British or the Turks. They are Jewish and trying to protect other Jews from being hurt. As a matter of fact, a few missiles fell on Mt Miron the day after Lag BaOmer. It’s time for people to show hakoras hatov and appreciation for all that the Israeli government is doing to save and protect their lives. It’s time to finish with the galus mentality. It’s time to live within history, not outside of history and ignore reality.

D.B. Cooper
D.B. Cooper
22 days ago

None of the statements mentioned that these people were there in violation of the law and putting themselves and the police at risk. It’s just entitlement. When will the madness of “Meron Lag BaOmer” stop?? Please; let’s have a return to sanity.

Sholom
Sholom
22 days ago

These were mishmeret hagevul, not regular policemen. They were wrong to act like this, but consider that those who came to Meron were endangering the lives of the policemen who would need to be assigned to keep them out. Hizbullah could have showered the place with missiles — which is why the police did not want such a tempting target for Hizbolah in the North. The people who came to Meron chose to risk their own lives but had no right to endanger the Jews who would be needed to protect the area.

Larry Israel
Larry Israel
22 days ago

And what about the policemen injured by thrown stones and iron bars. Perhaps that made them lose their tempers, and do things that they shouldn’t do.

Aron
Aron
19 days ago

The area was officially closed for the safety of everyone. There is no mitzvah to go to Meron. It’s totally against any Torah value to attack police who are trying to enforce the law. These zealous idiots trashed the kever in their enthusiasm to attack and injure 19 police and also called them Nazis. These morons got what they deserved.

hin
hin
22 days ago

for all those who believe pushing an elderly is justified because he was resisting maybe need a tuning in dan likaf zechusing… i think with anyone if u push them ahead of u faster at ur pace then they can catch up with thats whats happens may not be malicious on purpose as it is due to age and swiftness. sad

anonymous
anonymous
21 days ago

I hope the rabbi has a good lawyer to sue police for civil damages

Enough
Enough
22 days ago

Seems that the area was voided onto possible tertotist attacks yet he came.
Looks to
Me like these instigators came to drag a problem. I’m sure that list were neutra karta supporters or members

Yisroel
Yisroel
22 days ago

Let’s not forget who the perpetrator was – the elderly man. He should not have broken the law. What did he expect, no consequences? Let’s stop blaming the police.

FYI
FYI
22 days ago

It can be seen that instead of proceeding forward with the police, he is resisting, leaning backward against the officer. This can be clearly seen at certain points such as at around 0:08 and 0:11. When people resist police officers, it often leads to pushback.

Aftermath
Aftermath
22 days ago

It seems he was not seriously injured, as he started getting up just seconds later.

Hillel Stein
Hillel Stein
22 days ago

The cop that pulled the weapon and shot in the air was simply not smart. He should have instead used his rifle or baton to beat them over the head or in the chest. I would like to see these tough guys act the same way to non Jewish/ hamas policeman or the real Nazi SS … they wouldn’t because they would cower in fear.