Young Palestinians pelted stones at a car in Jerusalem driven by a Jewish Israeli near Jerusalem’s Lion’s Gate, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and hit one of them. The Palestinian hit by the car was not injured.
The driver and the passengers were lightly injured, then treated by Magen David Adom medics in the area. The number of passengers is unknown.
Around 15 minute later, the driver, after receiving medical treatment, returned to the car with a police escort. There, the officer and the driver were attacked again by Palestinian youth, as documented by Haaretz photographer Ohad Zwigenberg. The officer threatened the youth with his weapon by firing into the air. No one else was injured.
The Israel Police commented that the policeman shot in the air because he feared for the lives of the passengers he was trying to rescue. The passengers suffered minor injuries; there were no injuries among the group of Palestinians.
The police superintendent was near the scene because of preparations for Jerusalem Day events. Israel Police praised his handling of the situation and remarked that his judgement and the fact that he arrived quickly and didn’t open fire immediately at the attackers prevented a lynching of the driver as well as harm to others.
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A senior police officer told Haaretz, “The police officer’s behavior during the incident prevented a great tragedy.”
Meanwhile, another video showed Israeli security forces beating up a photographer. A journalist working for the Turkish Anadolu news agency in East Jerusalem – Fayez Abu Ramila, who holds a press card issued by Israel – was also beaten at the scene.
Violent clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians in Jerusalem have been taking place since Sunday night, with renewed violence taking place on Monday's Jerusalem day. 153 Palestinians have been injured according to the Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance service, and ten Israeli police officers have sustained injuries.