Minister alleges ‘political persecution’ after getting police summons over 4-year-old incident

Social Equality Minister and Minister for the Advancement of the Status of Women May Golan attends a plenum session at the Knesset in Jerusalem on May 29, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Social Equality Minister and Minister for the Advancement of the Status of Women May Golan attends a plenum session at the Knesset in Jerusalem on May 29, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Social Equality Minister and Minister for the Advancement of the Status of Women May Golan (Likud) rails against police over a summons she got today for questioning over a four-year-old incident in which she allegedly hit a motorcycle after crossing a red light.

Police sources cited by Hebrew media say the case was revived with Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara’s approval following an appeal by the motorcyclist against the closure of the case.

In an angry post on X, Golan says: “Apparently there are no more crimes in the streets, the state of war is over, crime groups have become peace organizations, and therefore the police have the manpower and free time to summon a government minister about an esoteric traffic accident that happened such a long time ago.”

She adds that “the political persecution and cynical use of police resources for political bashing will not deter, stop or silence me,” she asserts.

Far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, who oversees police, responds by attacking Baharav-Miara for okaying the summons, accusing her of “starting to fight the government with all available means” and saying the incident “gives the grim impression of political persecution.”

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