Palestinians to Send ICC Video of Israeli Interrogation of Boy Suspected of Attack

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Video of the interrogation of Ahmed Manasra, suspected of taking part in stabbings in Jerusalem in October 2015.
Video of the interrogation of Ahmed Manasra, suspected of taking part in stabbings in Jerusalem in October 2015. Credit: Mix News

The Palestinian Authority will give the International Criminal Court video of the Israeli interrogation of 13-year-old Ahmed Manasra, who has been charged with participating in a stabbing attack last month.

The Palestinian news agency reported Thursday that President Mahmoud Abbas had ordered the PA’s Foreign Ministry to provide a copy of the video.

Abbas’ spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said the footage proved the sadistic cruelty of the Israeli interrogators in a blatant violation of international law. He called on the international community not to be apathetic and to take action.

In the stabbing for which Manasra has been charged, he and a relative, 17-year-old Mohammed Manasra, allegedly wounded a 13-year-old Israeli  who was riding his bicycle last month in Jerusalem’s Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood. The boy was critically wounded and a man in his 20s was severely wounded.

That day, two young males were caught on camera holding knives and chasing an Israeli through the streets, allegedly the Manasras.

The video of the interrogation shows an interrogator yelling at the boy, who eventually breaks out in tears.

In other developments, Abbas said the PA would keep trying to obtain membership in international organizations in an effort to protect the Palestinian people against what he called Israeli aggression.

He said Israeli violence against the Palestinians included the equivalent of executions, the withholding of bodies of dead Palestinians, arbitrary arrests and home demolitions. He said none of this would deter the Palestinians from obtaining freedom and independence.

Meanwhile, Palestinian medical sources said 96 Palestinians had been wounded in clashes in the Ramallah area with Israeli security forces. Sources at the Palestinian Red Crescent said 33 young people had been wounded by live ammunition, 37 by rubber-coated bullets and the rest by tear gas.

One of the wounded who was taken to a Ramallah hospital was in very serious condition, a hospital source said. A number of injured were also reported in Bethlehem, mostly from tear-gas inhalation following clashes at the northern entrance to the West Bank Palestinian town.