Two Israeli Police Officers Charged for Attacking Handcuffed Palestinian on Temple Mount

Palestinian called out 'Allahu akbar,' was handcuffed and kicked repeatedly by two officers. Despite charges, officer remains Jerusalem Chief

Israeli police block a road following an incident in the Old City of Jerusalem May 13, 2017.
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Two Jerusalem police officers were charged on Tuesday with attacking a handcuffed Palestinian on the Temple Mount around a year ago.

The defendants, Erez Tabor, commander of a Jerusalem police station, and officer Tal Ben Kiki, belonged to the force handling disturbances on the Temple Mount, says the Justice Ministry’s Department of Internal Police Investigations. 

On the day of his arrest, Ahsan Jarar, a Palestinian citizen, called out "Allahu akbar" upon seeing Jews entering the Temple Mount, the indictment alleges. Tabor, Ben Kiki and another police officer arrested Jarar and led him to the entrance of the Temple Mount, where he was forced to the ground and handcuffed. 

At that point, the indictment says, “while the three officers were still bent over Jarar... Tabor began kicking him in the lower body," even moving aside a bench to continue kicking him. As Jarar lay face—down with his hands cuffed, Ben Kiki placed his foot on his back, claims the investigation. He then removed his foot and proceeded to kick Jarar who was still cuffed, in the upper body with his other foot.

The policemen then removed Jarar from the scene. Channel 10 reported on Tuesday night that despite the charges, Tabor remains commander of the Jerusalem police station.