Gaza, Alray - The family of Omar Wallid, a bystander shot and injured in the Beersheba bank attack on Monday, have charged that he was handcuffed and mistreated when taken to hospital because he was Bedouin.
Wallid was severely wounded during Itamar Alon’s murderous rampage at a branch of Bank Hapoalim that ended in the death of four people, including two bank employees.
Wallid suffered two bullet wounds while sheltering a friend who had escorted him to the bank. “He saved my life with his body,” Rami Vaknin said.
“For a long time Omar was lying handcuffed while everyone thought he was a terrorist because he’s a Bedouin man from Rahat,” Hayman Wallid, the victim’s brother, told the Yedioth Ahronoth daily.
MK Taleb Abu Arar (Ra’am Ta’al) requested an investigative committee be formed to look at claims that Wallid was discriminated against because of his ethnicity. He said he had video evidence which showed the policemen on site hitting Wallid and dragging him violently.
Israeli police commander Yoram Halevyon Wednesday told the Knesset the officers on site didn’t know or care about the man’s ethnic background, and acted strictly according to the rules.