Police brutality documented at Yahish Tzion


The injured youth; Photo credit: Ya'ir Ben Simon

Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 11:09 On Saturday night, after Shabbat, police brutality was documented at Yahish Tzion (near Pisagot), one of the new communities founded by the Nahala (Inheritance) Movement in Yehuda and Shomron. A 15-year-old youth and his friends were on their way from Yahish Tzion to Pisagot. In a video clip of the incident, the youth is seen with a huge backpack, singing and dancing with his friends on their way toward the road where residents of Pisagot were waiting for them.

Suddenly, without any cause, the commander, Tal Elmakias, punched the youth in the face and knocked him to the ground - see video clip below. The youth was detained and taken to the Sha'ar Binyamin Police Station for interrogation. The police did not contact his parents. During the interrogation, the police claimed that the youth had clashed with the policemen at the scene. He was released at 4:30 AM.

The mother of the youth told Honenu, "If that kind woman from Pisagot had not informed me, I would not have known anything. I would not have sent someone to be with him and to bring him home. They took away his cell phone. We had no contact with him. I sent him messages and the boy didn't answer. What was I supposed to think? It's insane, inhuman. He's a good boy, gentle, righteous. He doesn't cause disturbances. He wanted to strengthen the People and the Land of Israel. That's why he was there. He went, he sang, and he danced. He didn't go to cause a disturbance. He wasn't looking for that."

Honenu Attorney Nati Rom, who assisted the youth before his interrogation, stated, "Brutal behavior by policemen must not be tolerated. Disproportional and unjustified use of force on a minor warrants investigation by the Police Investigation Unit and raises a consideration: Is the policeman in question capable of standing in front of citizens and acting according to the law? The fundamental rights of the youth were also violated during his interrogation, and we intend to file a complaint. Unfortunately, the police stations in Yehuda and Shomron continue to violate the rights of minors."


Police brutality at Yahish Tzion; Video credit: Ya'ir Ben Simon

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