The court docket dominated: Hatzalah to pay MDA NIS 125,000 for defamation

2021-07-30 08:32:08

The court docket dominated that Hatzalah has to pay Magen David Adom (MDA) NIS 250,000 for defamation on Thursday.

Within the 42-page-long verdict, the decide closely criticized Hatzalah on a number of counts.

Referring to the truth that Hatzalah marketed its telephone quantity in a approach that’s deliberately deceptive, which might trigger folks to consider that they’re the nation’s official emergency first responders as an alternative of MDA, the decide stated that “it has been confirmed that Hatzalah ignored the Well being Ministry’s directions and continued to promote its telephone quantity. This motion is harmful and disrupts public peace.”

Concerning the administration of Hatzalah, “it is a few sequence of dangerous publications that had been a part of an organized marketing campaign geared toward elevating the attention of the general public to the companies of Hatzalah by means of using defamation and the humiliation of MDA.”

After investigating occasions the place Hatzalah reported MDA’s incompetence, it was found that the failures had been on Hatzalah’s aspect. Within the case of the dying of a toddler at a daycare, the court docket dominated that “from investigations of the occasion within the daycare, it’s evident that there have been many failures by the hands of Hatzalah. Three minutes handed till Hatzalah’s heart reported the occasion to MDA, and it arises that the Hatzalah unit didn’t have an oxygen masks for kids. The defendants omitted of the report that they acquired the decision earlier than MDA.”

Amongst different robust feedback from the court docket, Hatzalah was reminded that it was began by individuals who stay by the legal guidelines of the Torah. The court docket quoted the Rambam saying that defamation is among the many worst sins to commit. 

In a press release MDA stated that “the decision speaks for itself, and we welcome the court docket’s ruling and are joyful that the reality has lastly come to mild. We’re sorry that it needed to come to authorized motion, however we can’t abide by besmirching the nice title of MDA and the nice names of hundreds of its employers and volunteers that work day and evening to avoid wasting lives.” 

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