A demobilized Druze soldier who was beaten up by Jewish thugs Friday night has been asked to pay for the ambulance that took him to the hospital.
Tommy Hasson, who finished his army service a few months ago and is now studying at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, said his assailants attacked him after they heard him speak to a friend in Arabic. They beat him brutally all over his body, and he spent two days in Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital before being released. He will also have to return for a nose operation.
But when he was discharged from the hospital, his discharge papers included a bill for 475 shekels ($119) to cover the cost of the ambulance that brought him there.
As has been true of other cases where Jewish extremists beat up Arabs, the incident was not automatically recognized as a terror attack. If it had been, the National Insurance Institute would have covered the costs of the hospitalization and the property tax authorities would have covered any financial damage Hasson incurred.
“This infuriated the boy; he began crying over it,” said his father, Ramzi Hasson. “The amount was exactly the amount of his army salary. The money isn’t the problem, but this is chutzpah. Had a religious Jew been beaten up, what would have happened then? The assailants call themselves Jews, but they aren’t Jewish.”
The Tag Meir organization, which fights Jewish hate crimes, concurred. “Would we dare send an ambulance bill to a Jew attacked by Arabs for nationalist reasons?” it demanded in a statement. The group also urged the Magen David Adom ambulance organization to rescind the bill and send it to the NII instead.
Six arrested for attack
Police recently arrested six suspects in the attack, two minors and four adults. A court remanded the adults to custody until tomorrow [Thursday], while the minors were put under house arrest. A source in the Jerusalem police said investigators aren’t convinced the attack was a hate crime, but they did describe it as a hate crime in court.
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