Haifa Police Chief Dep.-Cmdr. Ahuva Tomer 311.
(photo credit: Israel Police)
The Haifa District Court on Wednesday rejected a lawsuit by Danny Rozen, husband
of late Haifa police chief Ahuva Tomer, filed against Interior Minister Eli
Rozen sued the state and Yishai for NIS 3 million in January, and
demanded Yishai’s resignation over what he said was criminal negligence by the
Israel Fire and Rescue Service.
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‘She waited to make sure the fires were out’
In its reply to the lawsuit, the state
said Tomer had lost her life in the Mount Carmel forest fire while carrying out
her police duties, and that the law grants the state immunity from paying
damages sustained during police service.
The state’s reply expressed
“understanding for the pain over this tragic disaster. At the same time... the
lawsuit should be rejected because of the state’s immunity to
damages...and the police service of the deceased [Ahuva
The court asked Rozen to respond to the state’s defense, but
dismissed the case after receiving no response, it said.
Tomer died on
December 6, four days after suffering burns over 90 percent of her body when she
rushed to save lives of prison wardens in a burning bus during the fire that
killed 43 other people as well.