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Police expect to file criminal charges against four employees of a Herzliya bar
after four 14- year-old girls were rushed to Kfar Saba’s Meir Medical Center
late Thursday night with severe alcohol poisoning after a night of binge
drinking at the club.
One of the four girls was hospitalized in serious
condition, nearly on the brink on death.
Medical staff said that all four
had phenomenally high blood-alcohol levels.
On Saturday, police arrested
the owner, promoter and two bartenders from the “Rafaeli” bar in the city’s
industrial district. All four were brought to the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court
Saturday night, where their remands were extended until early Sunday evening,
when they were released on caution.
Police said Sunday all four men could
face charges of supplying alcohol to minors. He added that the investigation has
not found evidence that the girls were sold alcohol at a kiosk or grocery store
nearby, leading to the conclusion their alcohol poisoning was solely the result
of over-drinking at Rafaeli.
Police said that the four girls were not
checked by doormen before entering the bar, and even if they had been, they were
below the age (16) when Israelis receive a national ID card.
July, the Knesset unanimously approved a law banning the sale of alcohol at
stores between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. The new law came in response to a
rising wave of teenage drinking, which is often directly linked to acts of
violent crime that is a widespread phenomenon throughout Israel.
the law, police also have the right to seize alcohol being consumed in
Due to the often prohibitive cost of alcohol in Israeli bars and
clubs, many youngsters will first pool their money together and buy bottles of
liquor along with non-alcoholic beverages with which to mix them from all-night
kiosks, in order to become intoxicated with cheap alcohol before going out. The
empty liquor bottles, plastic cups and energy drink cans that litter the parking
lots of nightlife districts throughout Israel attest to the popularity of the
method, as well as the rising popularity of drinking among Israeli
When the cabinet voted to send the bill banning late-night sale of
alcohol to the Knesset in 2009, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu praised the
measure, highlighting what he said was the dangerous rise of alcohol use among
Israeli teens and pre-teens. Calling youth drinking “an epidemic,” Netanyahu
cited a 2006 report by the World Health Organization that ranked Israel second
in the world in consumption of alcohol by 11-yearolds and found that over 50
percent of 15- to 17-year-olds drink alcohol.