Palestinian Killed on Friday in East Jerusalem Was Not Shot by Israeli Security Guard, Police Say

At the time, Palestinians claimed Mohammed Sharaf of the Ras al-Amud neighborhood was shot by a security guard at a Jewish residential compound there

Israeli security forces clash with Palestinians in East Jerusalem, July 21, 2017.
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The Israel Police have determined that a security guard who was suspected of shooting and killing an 18-year-old Palestinian in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud on Friday was in no way involved in the incident.

At the time, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported that the Palestinian, Mohammed Sharaf, was shot in the neck. Palestinians released a video that aroused suspicions that a security guard at a complex in the Palestinian neighborhood where Jews live was the one who shot him. They claimed that he was shot by "a settler." The Israel Police say Sharaf was shot after taking part in violent demonstrations in the neighborhood.

Police summoned the security guard for questioning, after which they concluded that he was not involved in the shooting. The investigation is continuing, but law enforcement officials said the probe has been hampered by the fact that Sharaf was buried very soon following his death, depriving the police of the opportunity to order an autopsy. Nevertheless, they said, they conducted an investigation at Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem, where Sharaf was admitted following the shooting. Police also arrested Sharaf's father over public statements that he made following his son's death. The father called his son a "martyr" and expressed the desire to become a martyr himself.

Mohammed Sharaf was one of three Palestinians killed on Friday in clashes between protesters and Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem, Palestinian sources reported. The violence came against the backdrop of the killing of two Israeli policemen a week earlier at Jerusalem's Temple Mount, a site holy to both Jews and Muslims. Following the killing of the policemen, Israeli authorities installed metal detectors at entrances to the Temple Mount, which has sparked Palestinian protests claiming that the move is a violation of the status quo at the religious site.