Social workers, including those caring for children at risk, will suspend
services countrywide Monday in response to a particularly violent attack against
social service employees in Dimona Thursday.
According to a statement
sent out Saturday by the Social Workers Union, death threats and punches were
thrown Thursday in Dimona as social workers attempted to find a solution for a
child at risk.
“The violence that social workers experienced Thursday in
Dimona was one step too far,” commented Itzhik Perry, head of the union. “Most
government offices provide security to their employees and legislation has even
passed to punish those who attack social workers, so why has this not been
implemented yet?” The union said its central demand was for the government to
find a way to provide better protection for social workers.