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Witnesses: Soldiers assault cab driver, mock beard

Dec. 30, 2009 9:56 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 31, 2009 4:57 P.M.)
Bethlehem – Ma’an – A Jerusalemite cab driver was stopped at the Bethlehem DCO on Thursday by soldiers who audibly mocked his beard, witnesses told Ma'an.

The man, 37-year-old Nasser Muhammad Aton from Sur Baher, was beaten with rifle butts at the top of the Beit Jala hill where the Israeli District Coordination Office stands.

Witnesses said Aton yelled at soldiers who mocked him, and the soldiers responded by physically beating the man.

Following the incident Aton called the police, and was transferred by ambulance to the Sha`arey Tsedeq Hospital in Jerusalem where medics said he was moderately injured.

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