Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Non-violent activist beaten by Israeli police, groups alleges

B'Tselem demands an investigation into beating of the organisation's field worker by a police officer

The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, has written to the director of the department for police investigations in the Israeli Ministry of Justice (DPI), to demand that it open a criminal investigation into allegations of unlawful use of force by a police officer who beat B'Tselem field researcher in East Jerusalem, Kareem Jubran. In addition, B'Tselem wrote to the commander of the Jerusalem district of the Israeli Police, demanding that it investigates the detention of Jubran, and the violent police officer's refusal to identify himself. B'Tselem attached information regarding video documentation of the incident, and potential witnesses.
On Tuesday, 12.6.07, Kareem Jubran was filming police and border officers who were checking Palestinian drivers in the Mount of Olives area of East Jerusalem. A police officer approached Jubran, asked him for identification and searched his belongings. Although Jubran complied with his instructions, the officer ordered him into the police van, where he punched him in the stomach with great force. Jubran was then detained by the police officers for about three hours. He was released with no charge.

For additional information please contact Sarit Michaeli, Communications Director,+972-(0)50-5387230, saritm@btselem.org

Sarit MichaeliCommunications DirectorB'Tselem+972 (0)2 6735599 (office)+972 (0)50 5387230 (cell)http://www.btselem.org/