Bribery probe rocks municipality in Afula
Police raid the Afula Municipality, detaining several senior employees over suspicions of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
AVI ELKABETZ Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Police raided the Afula Municipality on Wednesday, detaining several senior
employees over suspicions of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
raid, led by the National Fraud Unit, followed an undercover investigation into
the municipality. Detectives seized documents during a search of the
Police would not immediately release details of the
investigation, but a Channel 10 report aired last month did raise allegations of
cash bribes given to Afula Mayor Avi Elkabetz by a local contractor. The program
was based on an interview with the contractor, though sources in the
municipality dismissed the allegations. The sources accused the contractor of
seeking to punish the mayor due to the ending of work contracts with
The Channel 10 program also raised allegations that the mayor was
sold a penthouse apartment by the contractor, adding that the true size of the
apartment was not reported to the Tax Authority.
The Afula Municipality
confirmed that officers arrived in the morning on a police raid, adding that it
was cooperating fully with law enforcement.
Afula City Council member
Reuven Yoklar said the day’s events were difficult for the city and its
residents, and expressed hope that the news would turn out to be a bad
That said, he continued in a written statement, “I am sure that
law enforcement bodies will work quickly and decisively to clear the dark cloud
over Afula’s head, thereby clearing the city’s good name.”
residents who formed the Committee To Save the City called on Elkabetz to quit
his post following the raid.
Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this