Just two days after dozens of Arabs attacked medical staff and destroyed property at the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, a fresh case of hospital violence came on Wednesday evening at the Galilee Medical Center in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya.
According to reports, dozens of members of an Arab family tried to forcefully break their way into the hospital’s trauma room after they were informed of the death of their relative following a motorcycle accident. Fuming with rage, the Arabs beat up security guards and anyone else in the way.
Several security guards, who were trying to tackle the angry Arabs with pepper spray, were lightly injured in the incident and had to turn to the police for help. Speaking to a local Israeli news channel, one of the security guards said, “It was awful. It lasted around 20 minutes but it felt like forever. This time it ended without anyone seriously injured but the writing is on the wall. In a recent previous incident, one of our security guards was severely attacked by Arabs, who received a ridiculously light sentence of probation and a petty fine. There is no deterrence, unfortunately.”
As a result of this unruly violence, a strike is taking place at hospitals and clinics across Israel in protest of the violence medical staff have been subject to. The Israel Medical Association announced the strike on Tuesday, following the incident in Hadassah Hospital but prior to the latest incident in Nahariya.