Police Arrest Two After Settler Hits Border Policeman With His Car

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Cars and stones block the road that leads into the Kumi Ori outpost, November 25, 2020.
Cars and stones block the road that leads into the Kumi Ori outpost, November 25, 2020. Credit: Police Spokesperson

Police arrested on Wednesday two settlers from the West Bank outpost of Kumi Ori on suspicion of obstructing police, with one also being suspected of hitting a border police officer with his car and lightly wounding him.

One of the residents arrived in his car to the checkpoint at the entrance of the Kumi Ori hill, a designated military zone with access exclusively granted to residents. He then veered off course and hit a police officer, lightly injuring his leg, according to a Border Police statement.

When officers attempted to arrest the driver, whose vehicle was stuck, the suspect clashed with them, attacking an officer who was filming the incident.

In the video filmed by the officer, the suspect can be heard saying, "What are you filming? I'll break your phone."

Footage filmed by Israeli Border Police of the confrontation

Kumi Ori residents tell a different version of events, claiming that a police Jeep rammed into the suspect's car while questioning him at the checkpoint. The suspect then lost control of his vehicle and veered off the road. Police then proceeded to beat the suspect, hitting his face and upper body.

"The police were not satisfied with just abuse, and even arrested him, turning the victim into the attacker," a Kumi Ori statement said.

When attempting to bring the suspect to the police station, more settlers appeared from the outpost, blocking the road with rocks and cars in an attempt to stop the arrest.

Far-right settler activist Meir Ettinger was also arrested for obstructing police after physically blocking a police Jeep.

The two suspects will be brought to court for a hearing on extending their detentions later on Wednesday.

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