Israeli Guard Suspected of Confining Palestinian Woman to Get Her Phone Number

Alleged incident took place in Jerusalem’s Ras Hamis checkpoint, where the Palestinian law student says she was detained until the security guard verified she gave him her real number.

Oz Rosenberg
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Oz Rosenberg

An Israeli security guard is suspected of detaining a Palestinian woman in a Jerusalem checkpoint in order to get her phone number, Israel Police indicated on Sunday.

The alleged incident took place last week at Ras Hamis checkpoint separating East and West Jerusalem, where the man, an employee of the private security firm Modi’in Ezrachi, detained the woman, a law student in East Jerusalem’s Al-Quds University.

Ras Hamis checkpoint in Jerusalem.Credit: Emil Salman

Each person passing through the Ras Hamis checkpoint, which is equipped with barbed wire on both sides, has to go through two gates standing a few meters apart and that are remotely operated by a guard sitting in an secured room.

According to the woman’s testimony, the security guard asked for the woman’s number, and, upon her refusal, detained her between the two gates for 20 minutes, despite her constant pleading, releasing her only after he had verified that she had given him her real number.

Following the woman’s complaint, Jerusalem’s police department opened an investigation on the matter, following which the security guard was questioned under warning and released under limitation. Police sources indicated that he was suspected of harassment.

Dozens of residents of the woman’s home village of Ras Hamis, upon gaining knowledge of the incident, raided the checkpoint, protesting what they called an abuse of the woman’s honor.

“People were ready to sweep over the checkpoint and destroy it,” said Jamil Sandouka, chairman of the residents’ committee in Shuafat and Ras Hamis.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) claimed that the case did not represent an isolated incident. “The decision to sever several Jerusalem neighborhoods from the rest of the city with a fence continues to exact a heavy toll on the civilian population,” ACRI official Nisreen Alyan said.

“The lack of proper services in these areas means the daily crossing of checkpoints and exposing civilians to the possibility that those operating the checkpoints can take the law into their own hands,” Alyan said.

Modi’in Ezrachi did not provide a comment.

Read this article in Hebrew



Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN


Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

The projected rise in sea level on a beach in Haifa over the next 30 years.

Facing Rapid Rise in Sea Levels, Israel Could Lose Large Parts of Its Coastline by 2050

Tal Dilian.

As Israel Reins in Its Cyberarms Industry, an Ex-intel Officer Is Building a New Empire

Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III and a British synagogue.

How the Queen’s Death Changes British Jewry’s Most Distinctive Prayer

Newly appointed Israeli ambassador to Chile, Gil Artzyeli, poses for a group picture alongside Rabbi Yonatan Szewkis, Chilean deputy Helia Molina and Gerardo Gorodischer, during a religious ceremony in a synagogue in Vina del Mar, Chile last week.

Chile Community Leaders 'Horrified' by Treatment of Israeli Envoy

Queen Elizabeth attends a ceremony at Windsor Castle, in June 2021.

Over 120 Countries, but Never Israel: Queen Elizabeth II's Unofficial Boycott