Police Commissioner Insp. Gen. Yohanan Danino has fired an officer from the police force over a racist remark the officer made about an Arab woman. On Monday, left-wing activist Dorit Jordan-Dotan photographed a young woman who appeared to be assaulting an Arab woman. After the pictures were disseminated, the police launched a manhunt, searching for the suspected attackers.
"It is a shame she didn't die," the officer wrote on his Facebook page about an Arab woman who had been violently attacked by a group of women in Jerusalem on Monday.
But the police officer in question — part of the ultra-Orthodox mandatory service program — embarrassed the entire police force when he posted a status update condemning the victim. During a conference in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, Danino said the police officer had "made a racist comment that disrespects the Israel Police and disrespects all citizens. We will not allow one bad apple to hurt 30,000 police officers."
Attorney Nidal Othman of the Mossawa Center, an advocacy center for Arab citizens in Israel, welcomed the police commissioner's decision, saying that "it is a wise decision."
The police officer has since issued an apology and subsequently shut down his Facebook page.