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Two Israeli Police Officers Charged With Beating, Threatening to Shoot Palestinian in Jerusalem

The defendants allegedly assaulted and threatened to shoot a man they suspected to be an assailant but was actually a bystander.

The Justice Ministry's police investigation division has filed an indictment against two border policemen in Jerusalem Magistrate's Court over allegations that the pair attacked a Palestinian in Jerusalem's Old City in May of last year and threatened to shoot him.
According to the indictment, the policemen, Yosef Avdati and Oshri Ohayon, were called to the Christian Quarter of the Old City following a stabbing attack in the area. They are said to have spotted the alleged Palestinian victim on the street, suspecting that he had been involved in the stabbing.
The indictment alleges that the border policemen quickly approached the Palestinian, with one of them saying: "Here he is." One of the policemen, identified in the indictment as Defendant 1, then allegedly hit the Palestinian in the eye with the butt of his weapon without informing him that he was under arrest and without questioning him first. When the Palestinian asked the policemen to desist, they swore at him and one of the two grabbed him by the throat and pushed him, face-first, against a nearby door, according to the indictment.
The border policemen then allegedly began hitting the Palestinian with their weapons and fists on various parts of his body and called to another policeman in the area to shoot him. After the beatings stopped and the border policemen began walking away, the Palestinian yelled to them that he would complain to the Justice Ministry, the indictment states. Defendant 1 the allegedly approached him again, hitting him in the chest with the butt of his weapon.

Nir Hasson
Haaretz Correspondent
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The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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