The past three years have seen an increase in indictments for cases involving physical attacks on elderly Israelis, representatives of the Israel Police Investigations and Intelligence branch told the cabinet on Sunday morning.
The officers presented the weekly cabinet meeting with figures saying that from 2010-2012, police opened around 900 cases of attacks on elderly people, and that around 70% of them have resulted in indictments.
The figures were presented by police following a week in which several elderly Israelis reported being attacked in incidents that received widespread media coverage.
These included an attack last Saturday on Feivel Gertman, a Holocaust survivor, who was beaten in a public park by a young father after Gertman scolded the man's children for reportedly horse-playing in the park.
The next day, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich condemned the recent acts of violence, saying “these series of attacks show that a segment of the Israeli population does not respect others, and in particular those who deserve our respect more than anyone else.”