According to Shimon Sheves, a director general of the Prime Minister’s Office under former premier Yitzhak Rabin, the unruly passengers assaulted flight attendants: “Within a deep sleep, I hear shouts of ‘liars, fraudsters’ and hands waving and beating flight attendants who broke down in tears. If I didn’t see it, I would not have believed it.” While some have declared the accounts as “all lies,” various eyewitness accounts have detailed the chaos on the flight.
After landing in Rome, the ultra-Orthodox passengers left to observe Shabbat while all of the other passengers were delayed for hours for a new flight. There is no report of any arrests. So a group forces a plane to land but are not arrested?
Passengers reported flight attendants being assaulted and threatened. Yet, the airline simply said that they would follow up on any complaints.