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Israeli police officer filmed assaulting Palestinians in Jerusalem

Nov. 29, 2008 11:04 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 29, 2008 11:04 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - An Israeli human rights organization filmed a police officer "head-butt" two Palestinians in Jerusalem early in November, according to a news release sent to Ma'an on Friday.

In the Bustan area of East Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood, Israeli human-rights group B'Tselem videotaped a helmeted Israeli police officer head-butt two Palestinians, a man and a woman, the group said.

The alleged assault occurred in the midst of a Jerusalem Municipality-ordered house demolition on 5 November 2008.

The researcher from B'tselem who filmed the incident submitted the videotape to Israel's Department for the Investigation of Police within the Ministry of Justice, which subsequently opened an investigation.

The Bustan section of the Silwan neighborhood is home to some 90 buildings that house nearly 1,000 Palestinians. In recent years, the Jerusalem Municipality has issued demolition orders for nearly all of these homes, according to B'tselem.
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