Medical groups call for probe into violent arrest of doctor treating protester

Renee Ghert-Zand is the health reporter and a feature writer for The Times of Israel.

A number of member organizations from the Israeli Medical Association meet in response to the violent arrest by police of Dr. Udi Baharav as he treated a woman at a rally last night in Tel Aviv calling for elections and a hostage deal.

The IMA plans to call on the Department of Internal Police Investigations to investigate the incident and bring the law to bear on all police officers and commanders involved.

According to a statement from the White Coats and No Mental Health Without Democracy public health activist groups, Baharav was violently arrested while wearing a vest clearly identifying him as medical staff.

“The arrest was violent and the doctor was detained until the morning hours…In addition to his arrest, other medical personnel were attacked and arrested. Their arrests symbolize the arrest of all medical professionals in Israel. This is an unprecedented low,” the statement said.

Opposition leader Yair Lapid, National Unity chairman Benny Gantz and Health Minister Uriel Busso have also condemned the incident.

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