Committee publishes its findings on social service failures

November 17, 2010 09:28


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A committee established to probe possible failures by welfare services to discover signs of impending violence in the case of Itai Ben-Dror and his alleged murder of his and his ex-wife's children published its findings on Wednesday, Army Radio reported.

"Welfare services did not do enough to save [Ben-Dror children] Roni, Omer and Or that were murdered by their father Itai Ben-Dror," stated the committee's report.

According to Army Radio, the children's mother, Lilach Shem-Tov, was invited to testify before the committee about her children's murder but declined to participate.

The committee was to present its finding to Welfare and Social Services Minister Isaac Herzog's office.

"I am aware that this murder is a kind of watershed," said Herzog ahead of reading the committee's report. "I know that there is this impression that the social services do not always function properly and do not provide the best response to actual problems that arise in the field."

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