Haredi rabbi investigated in Schlissel stabbings accuses police of roughing up wife in arrest

August 2, 2015 18:41
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A haredi rabbi from Jerusalem claimed on Sunday that police wounded his wife Saturday night upon detaining her for questioning in an investigation into the couple’s possible role in the gay pride parade stabbing that wounded five, and killed one teenage girl.

According to Rabbi Idan Grossman, a coterie of heavily armed officers entered his Beit Yisrael home when he was not present to question him about his relationship with Yishai Schlissel, who is accused in the Thursday attack.

Grossman, who has organized protests against gay pride parades in the capital in the past, said Saturday this is the second instance police have come to his home.

Upon determining that the rabbi was not present, officers requested that his wife, Yocheved, accompany them to the local police precinct for questioning. When she refused, Grossman claimed that she was injured as officers dragged her to a patrol car.

“I am simply in shock from everything that happened,” Grossman said to Walla! News following his wife’s release on Sunday.

 “I feel that such a thing does not belong in the State of Israel. I want to tell you that anyone who witnessed this isn’t able to sleep at night from what they saw… about a dozen detectives descended on my wife and son – they broke into our home, without a warrant or anything.”

On Sunday, police denied that unnecessary force was used during Grossman’s arrest.

Meanwhile, the couple’s attorney, Itamar Ben-Gvir, claimed that police are violating the civil rights of anti-gay residents of the city in an effort to “cover up their fiasco” with Shlissel, who was released from prison three weeks before the attack after serving a 10-year prison sentence for stabbing three people during the capital’s 2005 gay pride parade.  

“It’s not clear why they’re arresting people who oppose the gay pride parade,” said Ben-Gvir. “Is it forbidden to oppose a parade like this?” .

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