Stripped, Beaten, Tasered: Complaints by Palestinians Reveal Jerusalem Police Brutality

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Israeli police officers stand guard outside the Damascus Gate, in Jerusalem, December.
Israeli police officers stand guard outside the Damascus Gate, in Jerusalem, December. Credit: AMMAR AWAD/ REUTERS
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

A 16-year-old stripped and beaten in a public washroom, a 60-year-old woman handcuffed and dragged across the floor, a female journalist subjected to sexist comments during an interrogation, a youth attacked in a city center, and another one dragged out of bed in the middle of the night, falsely identified as someone else, his family members beaten. All of this can be found in six complaints filed in recent months at the unit for investigating police misconduct at the Justice Ministry, copies of which have reached Haaretz. Following several complaints of serious violent behavior towards Palestinians, only one indictment was filed against a policeman. The Jerusalem police response: “This is a distorted and one-sided picture which does not reflect the truth.”

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