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(photo credit: Nir Elias/Reuters)
The internal affairs division of the State Attorney’s Office on Sunday filed an
indictment in the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court against police officer Ronen Eruv
for allegedly attacking a social justice protester last summer without
According to the indictment, on June 24, 2012, Eruv, along
with other police officers who were deployed to contain the protests across from
Tel Aviv’s City Hall, arrested Tom Israeli.
After arresting Israeli, Eruv
and other police started to lead Israeli toward city hall, said the
Next, they entered city hall and while Eruv and other police
were keeping Israeli’s hands bound, Eruv struck Israeli twice in the face with
his fist with no justification, said the indictment.
A statement by the
state noted that there had been many complaints following the protest about
The statement also said that the internal affairs
division views incidents, such as the allegations against Eruv, very seriously,
and will act strongly against officers who “exploit their powers in an abusive
Also, the statement said that not all officers would have
criminal proceedings brought against them.
In some circumstances, as with
two other officers involved in containing the social protests, the officers
might have been acting properly within their function as police, but merely went
a bit overboard, making disciplinary sanctions more appropriate than criminal
The state’s statement emphasized that the indictment was another
example of hundreds of indictments which internal affairs has filed against
police in recent years involving crimes which carry prison sentences of one year
Daphni Leef, one of the leaders of last year’s social justice
movement, commented on Facebook about the case yesterday, saying “Freedom and
liberty start from a personal decision. The Tel Aviv Municipality didn’t want me
to take a tent out to the street. From their perspective, they wouldn’t have
allowed me the freedom to act [to protest freely],” she wrote.
addition to her post, she published several other examples of police brutality
during the protests.Danielle Ziri contributed to this report.