Elderly man beaten for ‘driving slowly,’ suffers coronary

Amid spate of attacks against senior citizens, minister says police will exhibit ‘zero tolerance’

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich (photo credit: Noam Moskowitz/Flash90)
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich (photo credit: Noam Moskowitz/Flash90)

A 71-year-old man was assaulted by two men in their 20s in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv, late Monday night, reportedly because he was “driving too slowly.” The man was hospitalized in Kfar Saba’s Meir Hospital after suffering a heart attack as a result of the beating. He was in stable condition.

The two attackers, aged 25 and 26, were sent to four days of house arrest by a magistrate’s court judge on Tuesday. They claimed they hadn’t attacked the man.

The senior citizen, looking for a parking space on David Magen Street in Herzliya, was driving slowly. The two younger men got out of their car to argue with him. They eventually pushed him to the ground, Channel 10 reported.

Attacks against elderly people “are a despicable, unacceptable phenomenon,” Interior Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich said Tuesday morning. “The police force is doing its best” to combat such incidents, he added.

“The whole country should rise against this phenomenon. [The elderly] don’t have the strength to defend themselves, and we as a country need to give them the protection [they need],” Aharonovich said, calling for “local authorities and the education system” to take part in the effort to eradicate such attacks.

Monday night’s attack was the third such incident in the past week. On Saturday night, 75-year-old Amiram Oron was attacked and had his ankle broken after telling a man in his late 20s that he wasn’t allowed to let his dog loose in a children’s playground. Less than 24 hours before that, Pavel Gertma was beaten by the father of a child, after the 79-year-old Holocaust survivor told the boy not to vandalize a city bench.

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