Ahuva Tomer's partner files civil suit against State

Danny Rozen requests that Yishai be forced to resign; demands NIS 3 million to establish fund in fallen Haifa police chief's name.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 9, 2011 15:26
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Haifa Police Chief Dep.-Cmdr. Ahuva Tomer

Haifa Police Chief Dep.-Cmdr. Ahuva Tomer 311. (photo credit: Yaakov Levy, Northern District Police)

Danny Rozen, the partner of Haifa Police chief Ahuva Tomer who was killed in the Carmel fire,  filed a civil suit against the State at Haifa District Court on Sunday. In the lawsuit, Rozen requested that Interior Minister Eli Yishai resign from his position.

Rozen demanded monetary compensation up to NIS 3 million, which he would use to establish a fund in Tomer's name.

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After filing the lawsuit, Rozen said that he is willing to meet with Yishai and Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

"A lot of people came to shake my hand and tell me they are behind me," said Rozen in an interview with Army Radio. "I have never had such wide support, from Kiryat Shmona to Eilat, people that I don't even know call me and come to my house to express their support."

At last week's state ceremony to honor the 44 victims of the Carmel fire, Rozen interrupted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech, demanding angrily that Yishai leave the ceremony, saying "this man has no shame, either he leaves or I leave."

Rozen said that he was aware that some of the bereaved families thought his behavior at the ceremony was inappropriate.

"I represent myself only, not all of the bereaved families. My feeling is that not only is Eli Yishai responsible for the tragedy, but he adds insult to injury by not owning up to the responsibility," Rozen told Army Radio.

Following Rozen's outburst at last week's ceremony, some Shas members  including MK Nissim Ze’ev, implied that Ahuva Tomer bore greater responsibility than Yishai for the deaths of the prison guards whose bus was caught in the inferno.

The Shas Party members told various media outlets that the blame for the deaths of the blaze’s 44 victims lay primarily with those who allowed the Prisons Service bus to climb the hill where it became stuck and was engulfed in flames.


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