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Tara Kumari, the Nepalese caregiver hired to care for Sara Netanyahu's father, was fired from her position, announced the Prime Minister's Office Wednesday evening.
Kumari was negligent in her duties, according to a statement
released by the Prime Minister’s Office Wednesday afternoon.
The statement cited the accounts of
two anonymous witnesses to Kumari's behavior. One, a close
friend of the Netanyahu family, claimed to have taken care of Shmuel
Ben-Artzi, 96, two months ago during a visit when he noticed that Kumari
was not attentive to the elderly man's needs. He also said that Kumari
did not keep Ben-Artzi's quarters clean, and did not completely
cooperate with hospital staff when he was hospitalized two months ago.
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PMO security commander also contributed to the report, explaining the
details of what happened during a recent incident in which Kumari was
injured in her hand. Kumari began to hysterically hurt herself after
Sara Netanyahu made a remark to her, he said. Netanyahu, standing at
least a meter from the woman, then began to yell for security.
to a Channel 2 report, Sara had suspected the caregiver of neglect and stealing money
from her father. The report said that a fierce argument broke out
between the two, during which Kumari fell and hurt her hand on a table,
after which a doctor was called.
Kumari, who has been with Ben-
Artzi for more than two years, charged in the Channel 2 report that
Netanyahu didn’t feed her, cursed at her and didn’t give her vacation
time. She has reportedly hired a lawyer.
The Prime Minister’s Office quickly issued a response saying the true story was “completely opposite” of what was reported.
According to the statement, the complaints registered by the worker were
without foundation, and made only after it became known to her that the
agency employing her was asked to find a replacement because she was
negligent in her treatment of Ben-Artzi for a number of months.
“When it became known to her that she was about to be fired – something
that could lead to her being deported from the country – she made up the
story, and now there is a cynical and unworthy campaign against the
Netanyahu family,” the statement said.