A Druze family was sprayed with pepper by a guard at the entrance of a road to Ben-Gurion airport, where they would go on a foreign flight because they had stopped a week ago for routine checks, a family member told Haaretz on Monday .
Roni Aboud, a relative and owner of a construction company, described the incident: "We arrived at the entrance to the airport, a security guard asked the driver for identity papers and he replied that we were Druze from Daliyat al Carmel. The guard came to us My cousin, who is in a professional IDF service, showed him his Army ID The guard told him, "I do not care about your Army ID, I do not care you're Druze , bring me your passports. & # 39;
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Aboud said his brother had collected all their passports and gave them to the guard. "Without even counting them, he said that one passport was missing," he said. "I answered that he had to lower his tone and talk politely with us, and that the identity card of the driver had already been handed over to the other guard."
Despite their attempts to calm him down, the guard continued to argue in a threatening manner, after which two other guards arrived, one with a can of pepper spray in his hand who asked if we wanted to be sprayed.
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"This surprised me, I did not think he would do it and I said, yes, go ahead and spray us," Aboud recalled. "I did not raise my hands, I did not do anything illegal, we know the law, we know the regulations, he suddenly sprayed us out, he did not spray us once, he emptied the container on me, was a meter or a meter and a half from the door. of the car, everything went in the minibus I fell and hit my head on the minibus door, everyone got off the minibus I could hardly open my eyes and the children screamed.
& # 39; Then one of the guards pointed at us with his pistol, & # 39; Aboud continued. "My brother said," shoot me, why would you even think twice about it? "
Two other guards came by at this point, Aboud said. "They were all on the side and did not help, they were talking to us as if we were illegally in the country." Fifteen, twenty minutes, half an hour went by, none of them called an ambulance, give us a bottle of water to get the gas out to wipe our eyes. "
They eventually called an ambulance, who came but could not offer help, Aboud said. The infirmary at the airport also could not offer help and they all flew to Bulgaria with the effects of the pepper spray.
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"We could hardly move for five days," Aboud said. "We all had health problems, we had waited for this holiday to have a nice time.It was a terrible journey.We did not feel like we were on excursion, there was no good experience, the only thing we thought was what happened to the world: we are Israelis and we were hurt and humiliated in such an extraordinary way, we feel like we are not even citizens, I can not believe we served in the army. "
After the national law was passed, his cousin decided to get discharge from the army and he was fired on Wednesday.
"It's so disgusting," said Aboud. "What happened?" "Dear children, they have given us a gun, how can they do that?" "Is that logical?" We are contributing, we have Jewish friends, we have donated the air force to a synagogue in Netanya. or we are Druzen, we felt like we were all one family, now I no longer have the feeling that we are citizens .It stinks The law is quickly enacted We said that we are Druze, they did not listen They were violent. that about? Where do we live? Let's say one of them was stupid, or two, but 10? "
An apology at this stage would not help. "We did not have a phone call last week," said Pnina Aboud, the officer's mother, to Haaretz. She said that "up to this moment I still choked and coughed." I went to the doctor and he said that I was sensitive to it. My husband and daughter have lost their voice My brother, his wife and children have lung infections. can I say? I was angry, they did not call the whole week. How do the guards who worked this still work? "
The airport authority said in response: "We regret the incident that occurred during the security check." An investigation into the incident has shown that the guard acted unprofessionally and against regulation. The incident is investigated and shared in briefings with all guards. "
An airport official said to Haaretz that the investigation into the incident ended with the conclusion that the airport watchman in question can not remain in office and is dismissed accordingly.