Activist to be compensated over police beating

Victim was Neveh Dekalim resident picking up daughter from anti-disengagement rally; state to pay NIS 60,000.

Disengagement orange jewish star 370 (photo credit: Goran Tomasevic / Reuters)
Disengagement orange jewish star 370
(photo credit: Goran Tomasevic / Reuters)
The state has agreed this week to pay nearly NIS 60,000 in compensation to a man beaten by a police officer during an anti-disengagement rally in 2005.
The beating victim, Benny Rahamim, who was a resident of Neveh Dekalim in the Gaza Strip, and today lives in Nitzan near Ashkelon, arrived at the Kissufim crossing to pick up his daughter from a demonstration against the impending disengagement.
The checkpoint had become a focal point for routine demonstrations.
According to the charge sheet, as Rahamim waited in his car, a senior special patrol officer, Ch.-Supt. Shai Badash, who was the commander of his unit the Lachish region, asked him to move to the other side of the street.
Rahamim began walking slowly to where he was directed, due to the fact that he suffers from health problems in his legs, and has been recognized as having 65 percent disability.
The officer became infuriated with the slow pace, and struck Rahamim in the face, causing him to fall to the ground.
Rahamim found himself on the ground, bleeding, with broke glasses and barefoot. The assault was accompanied by a threat to “break his bones,” according to the charge sheet.
He was then dragged to a police car and arrested, only to be released from custody the following day.
Rahamim has since required extensive medical care, and his level of disability has risen since being attacked. He was also subject to a police investigation on suspicion of attacking an officer.
He launched the lawsuit at Netanya Magistrate’s Court, and accepted the compensation package made by central state prosecutors, who represented police.
The Human Rights Organization of Judea and Samaria, which accompanied Rahamim throughout the lawsuit and arranged for his attorney, welcomed the decision, though the organization said the payment offer came very late.