The woman, a 23-year-old from Rehovot, traveled to Sinai with a friend, where they both paid for diving lessons. While in the water, the woman said, a diving instructor assaulted and raped her. The two cut short their trip in order to return to Israel, seek treatment and file a complaint with the police, although they first had to wait for the results of a COVID-19 PCR test.
Upon their return to Israel, the two friends went to the emergency room at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon to report the rape. The policeman who was summoned to the hospital to take the woman’s testimony, however, berated the two women – who are not vaccinated – for violating the quarantine after their return to Israel.
“I was disappointed to meet such a callous policeman,” the woman told Channel 12. . “
Her friend added: “Instead of probing the horrific rape… the cops asked us why we are not in quarantine. [My friend] wanted to know she was okay, in real pain and taking medication, then she got a warning for breaking quarantine, and I was fined 5,000 NIS ($ 1,500). Instead of helping us, they punished us.
Poice told the alleged victim that she should go to the police station to testify once her quarantine period is over.
In a statement, the Israel Police said that “there was no enforcement of the quarantine for the victim, but she was invited to the end of the quarantine at the police station to clarify the situation with the victim. required sensitivity ”.
Police added that the fine imposed on the woman’s friend “was carried out in accordance with the law. However, her case has been referred to a specialist who will examine the possibility of overturning the fine due to the unique circumstances. “