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Israel: Amid Outcry Over Police Brutality, Judge Orders Pro-Palestinian Protesters Released

  • The order comes after allegations of police brutality against demonstrators and the announcement of a probe into the claims.

    The order comes after allegations of police brutality against demonstrators and the announcement of a probe into the claims. | Photo: Nadine Nashef

Published 20 May 2018
Opinion

During the demonstrations protesters shouted "down with the occupation, stop fascism" and showed solidarity with Gaza residents.

A judge has ordered all of the protesters, who were arrested in the Israeli city of Haifa during pro-Palestinian, released early Monday. The order comes after allegations of police brutality against demonstrators and the announcement of a probe into the claims by the Israeli Justice Ministry’s Police Investigation Department.

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Judge Amir Salameh of Haifa Magistrate’s Court ordered 12 of the 19 detainees be released immediately, while stating the other seven, suspected of assaulting a police officer, would be released Tuesday.

Chairman of the Joint List, a coalition of Arab-dominated political parties in Israel, Ayman Odeh, told Haaretz "police forces brutally oppressed the protest without any explanation… I am full of appreciation for the protesters tonight and the immense sacrifice of the detainees. No police brutality will succeed in silencing us."

Knesset member for the Joint List Aida Touma-Suleiman also gave testimony of aggression and rights violation by Israeli police.

“The violence exerted on protesters was unchecked. Interrogators continued to beat up the detainees after they were arrested without any explanation or justification… All this happened while they postponed the detainees' meeting with a lawyer and withheld medical care from them," she explained.

During the demonstrations protesters shouted "down with the occupation, stop fascism" and showed solidarity with Gaza residents.

They waved four large letters in bright red, with the word "Gaza" and chanted slogans including "Jews and Arabs, we are not enemies."

Over 100 Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops on the border between the Gaza Strip and the Jewish State since mass demonstrations started on March 30, according to Health authorities in Gaza.

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Last Monday, thousands of Palestinians protested as Washington officially moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after recognizing the disputed city as the capital of Israel.

Israeli Arabs, the descendants of Palestinians, who remained on their land after Israel was created in 1948, represent just over 17 percent of the Israeli population according to estimates.

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