Protesters Clash With Police in Jaffa During Demonstration Over Young Man's Killing

Two demonstrators arrested, including the brother of the man who was shot dead by police

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Police and protesters clash in Jaffa, July 3, 2017.
Police and protesters clash in Jaffa, July 3, 2017.Credit: Police spokesperson
Ilan Lior
Ilan Lior

Protesters in Jaffa clashed with police late on Thursday during a demonstration against last week’s killing of a young Arab man.

Demonstrators threw stones, smashed storefront windows, set fires and blocked roads, according to police reports. Two of the demonstrators were arrested. 

Several protests have taken place after Mahdi Sa'adi, 20, was shot to death by policemen in Jaffa during a chase a week ago. The details of the investigation into the incident are under a gag order.

Sa'adi's brother was arrested during Thursday's protest. The police said he assaulted police officers.

In Army Radio interview on Sunday, Sa'adi's father said his son was shot point-blank. “They murdered him in cold blood,” he said. 

According to the father, an autopsy revealed that five bullets penetrated Sa'adi's upper body. “The police, in order to cover up this murder, claim that he was armed. They might as well have said that he was a terrorist,” he said. “Why did they shoot him in the head? Why kill him? Why did they murder him? They could have shot at the tires or knocked him down in order to catch him. He was only a 20-year-old child.”

The police responded to the father’s claims, saying that “it is unclear what these claims are based on, since the incident is still under investigation."

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