(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [illustrative])
A former police detective from Nahariya, who was one of four officers to serve
time in prison for targeting the home of an organized crime chief with
explosives, was shot and wounded in Nahariya on Saturday evening.
Hadad was near a synagogue in which he regularly prayed when he was struck by
three bullets fired by a man on a motorcycle, Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld
told The Jerusalem Post.
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The motorcycle was driven by a getaway driver,
he said, describing the attack as a “drive-by shooting.”
Hadad was rushed
to the the city’s Western Galilee Hospital, and was in moderate condition,
An intensive investigation has been launched on the scene,
together with an intelligence gathering operation to determine “who could be
behind this,” Rosenfeld said. Police set up road blocks around Nahariya in an
effort to capture the two attackers.
Hadad, together with colleagues
Yaniv Ashur, Yossi Levi and Rami Musa, were released from prison earlier this
year after being convicted of planting explosives at the home of mob kingpin
The officers were convicted of putting bombs in Mor’s
vehicle, and in the home of his cousin.
The officers said they acted
after Mor ordered his men to throw grenades at their homes as part of a campaign
to intimidate them, and that their pleas for help from police brass went
“Hadad was under the protection afforded to threatened
officers,” a Galilee police spokesman said on Saturday. “A security
stationed at his house, and patrol vehicles regularly pass by his home.
Following the shooting, security for the threatened officers will be
The officers’ actions sparked controversy over the police’s
ability to back up rank-and-file officers on the front line in the war on
organized crime, and prompted a police review of protection afforded to the
increasing number of officers coming under death threats from
Mor was sentenced to two years in prison in 2007 after being
convicted of trying to extort judges and making death threats against police
officers. In 2009, he was released from prison. He was photographed wearing a
white kippa over a shaved head as he entered a blacked-out BMW driven by one of
Mor was banned from entering Nahariya, and has since
moved to Yokne’am, where police have continued to keep him under
In 2010, he was arrested on suspicion of a number of offenses, but
he was released soon afterwards without charge.
In April, he was arrested
again on suspicion of drug possession, but released due to a lack of evidence
after it was established that he was not in possession of a
“Michael Mor has left the past behind him,” said his attorney,
Yahali Shperling, after Mor’s release in 2009. “He intends to live a normal life
and to care for his family.”
In recent years, dozens of public officials
and police officers have been placed under special police protection after being
threatened by criminals.