An Israeli lawmaker has stated that police beat him whereas he took half in an indication in opposition to a Jewish settlement in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.
Ofer Cassif, a Jewish member of the principally Arab Joint Checklist occasion, was attending a protest in opposition to the growth of a Jewish settlement in Sheikh Jarrah, a Palestinian neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem.
“They began to beat me, they broke my glasses … they went loopy,” Cassif stated on Friday within the Channel 13 footage.
“They didn’t care that I’m a member of parliament,” he stated.
Cassif seems in one other video with a swollen eye, his shirt torn, sporting a damaged set of glasses.
Cassif’s spokesman Itai Aknin informed AFP information company the injured lawmaker had been taken to hospital and that the demonstration had been “peaceable and calm” earlier than police arrived.
A police assertion stated preliminary investigations confirmed a protester had “attacked one of many officers”.
“The attacker” was launched as soon as it “grew to become clear that it was a member of parliament”, the assertion added.
Ahmad Tibi, a fellow parliament member from the Joint Checklist, was amongst these sharing the video of the scuffle on Twitter, calling it a “brutal assault” and a violation of parliamentary immunity.
Proper-wing lawmaker Gideon Saar tweeted after the incident that “the police’s brutal violence in opposition to him (Cassif) is a murderous blow to the parliament and to parliamentary immunity”.
Saar, who stated he “despises” Cassif’s worldview, is a former loyalist of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and helps Israeli settlements.
Centrist opposition chief Yair Lapid known as the incident “stunning” and urged police to analyze.
Rights teams say dozens of individuals are vulnerable to being evicted from Sheikh Jarrah after an extended court docket battle with Jewish settler teams. Jewish and Palestinian activists have been holding small weekly protests in opposition to the threatened evictions.
Israel captured East Jerusalem within the 1967 battle and annexed it in a transfer not recognised by the United Nations and a lot of the worldwide neighborhood. Israel views the complete metropolis as its unified capital, whereas the Palestinian Authority needs East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.
An Israeli court docket lately ordered the eviction of 58 folks, 17 of them youngsters, from seven homes in Sheikh Jarrah, based on the Israeli anti-settlement watchdog Peace Now.
Sheikh Jarrah, situated on the slopes of Mount Scopus simply north of the Outdated Metropolis, is house to three,000 Palestinians, all refugees who had been ethnically cleansed from their houses in different elements of historic Palestine throughout the 1948 Nakba (the “disaster” in Arabic).
They took up residence within the neighbourhood below an settlement with Jordan, which managed East Jerusalem from 1948 till 1967.
Grassroots Jerusalem, an NGO that could be a platform for Palestinian community-based mobilisation, beforehand informed Al Jazeera that there was an inflow of Jewish settlers since 2001 “who’ve been answerable for pressured evictions and terrorism within the neighbourhood”.
Because the Seventies, the Israeli authorities has been engaged on implementing a “demographic stability” in Jerusalem at a 70-30 ratio, limiting the Palestinian inhabitants within the metropolis to 30 p.c or much less.
This city planning has been executed by various insurance policies reminiscent of land confiscation, displacement and colonisation of Palestinian neighbourhoods.
Some 750,000 Palestinians fled or had been pressured from their houses in 1948 within the run-up to the institution of Israel. They and their descendants now quantity greater than 5.8 million and are scattered throughout the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.