Haifa Police Chief Dep.-Cmdr. Ahuva Tomer 311.
(photo credit: Yaakov Levy, Northern District Police)
Danny Rozen, the partner of Haifa Police chief Ahuva Tomer who was killed in the Carmel fire, filed a civil suit against the State at Haifa District Court on Sunday. In the lawsuit, Rozen requested that Interior Minister Eli Yishai resign from his position.
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Rozen demanded monetary compensation up to NIS 3 million, which he would use to establish a fund in Tomer's name.
After filing the lawsuit, Rozen said that he is willing to meet with Yishai and Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.
"A lot of people came to shake my hand and tell me they are behind me,"
said Rozen in an interview with Army Radio. "I have never had such wide
support, from Kiryat Shmona to Eilat, people that I don't even know call
me and come to my house to express their support."
At last week's state ceremony to honor the 44 victims of the Carmel fire, Rozen interrupted Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu's speech, demanding angrily that Yishai leave the
ceremony, saying "this man has no shame, either he leaves or I leave."
Rozen said that he was aware that some of the bereaved families thought his behavior at the ceremony was inappropriate.
"I represent myself only, not all of the bereaved families. My feeling
is that not only is Eli Yishai responsible for the tragedy, but he adds
insult to injury by not owning up to the responsibility," Rozen told
Following Rozen's outburst at last week's ceremony, some Shas members including MK Nissim Ze’ev, implied that Ahuva Tomer
bore greater responsibility than Yishai for the deaths of the prison guards whose bus was caught in the inferno.
The Shas Party members told various media outlets that the blame for the
deaths of the blaze’s 44 victims lay primarily with those who allowed
the Prisons Service bus to climb the hill where it became stuck and was
engulfed in flames.