Issue 282, Friday 26 October 2012 - 10 Dhu al-Hijjah 1433
Israeli police caught smashing Palestinian boy’s head on tape
By Elham Asaad Buaras
Images from a video show an Israeli police officer repeatedly punching an immobilised Palestinian teen protesting against the illegal entry of Israeli settlers into Islam’s third holiest site
A video has surfaced showing Israeli police smashing a teenage boy’s head to the ground during an incursion into the revered Aqsa compound in Jerusalem on Friday October 5.
Police had fired tear gas and stun grenades at a group of worshippers protesting the entry of illegal Israeli settlers into Islam’s third holiest site.
Israeli police invaded Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound after the weekly Friday prayers attacking worshippers with stun grenades and tear gas, and arresting several.
Worshippers were staging a protest against illegal Jewish settlers who entered the compound under heavy police protection earlier that week. Israeli officials said the aim of the incursion was to “assert Jewish rights in the Temple Mount”, the Jewish name for the area, according to the Sabbah Report.
Eye witnesses reported several arrests and injuries. It shows as of yet unnamed shirtless boy being dragged across the ground, and pinned down by one officer as he screams “Khalas” in Arabic meaning ‘enough’.
Another police officer holds the child by the neck and proceeds to punch his head against the stone floor before repeatedly punching him in the head.
Many youth and injured sought refuge in the Haram al-Sharif mosque as police stood stationed around it during the incursion.
Reuters reported that protesters hurled stones at police during their protest, and Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, claims that one of the demonstrators tried to stab a police officer and that only one Palestinian was arrested.
Israelis have made repeated threats to demolish Al-Aqsa mosque in order to build a Jewish temple in its stead.