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Closed Society: March 3, 2013‎

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According to police data, 56 “price tag” incidents took place across Jerusalem in 2012, mainly targeting Arabs and Arab-owned property. Suspect were detainedin only 12 of the cases, and not all of them were indicted. In 2011 police recorded only 28 “price tag” incidents.

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March 3rd, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Internal Security: January 31, 2013‎

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Policemen parked their car on the sidewalk as they were sitting in a café near the Hebrew University Mt. Scopus campus in Jerusalem. In answer to a comment by a student they said “we are cops and we can do whatever we want”.

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January 31st, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Internal Security: December 10, 2012

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Despite a court order, Jerusalem Police officers continue to lead detainees from the detention facility in the Russian Compound to the courthouse through a crowded street while handcuffed. (Haaretz)

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December 10th, 2012 at 11:11 am

Military and Security Forces: March 21, 2012

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A Border Police unit entered a high-school in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud and arrested the vice principal in front of his students.  The vice principal, Salah Muhazian, was taken to Jerusalem police headquarters for questioning, where it was revealed by officers that one of the school’s students, arrested a few days earlier on suspicion of stone throwing, told them that Muhazian had hidden him and other stone-throwers in his office.  Muhazian denied the charge and was released after the interview. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew - Haaretz)

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March 21st, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Internal Security: March 9, 2012

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A number of defects were discovered in the Jerusalem Police Department’s procedures, including faults in police officer’s testimonies, unjustified arrests and indictments based on vague evidence. This led, among other things, to the arrest of Beit Safafa resident, Wael Aliyan, for five months on suspicion of indecent assault and threats, only because he wore a green shirt that was mentioned in two of the victims’ testimonies.

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March 9th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Internal Security: December 18, 2011

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The Jerusalem District Court a year ago criticized the involvement of the Jerusalem Police District’s Consultant for Arab Affairs, Doron Zahavi, also known as Captain George, in a case of severe violence attributed to “Family Honour” defamation.  Zahavi recommended that the two brothers accused of attacking their sister and her boyfriend be released, claiming that leaving them in custody would increase the likelihood that they would attack again.  Justice Moshe Yuad determined that this recommendation was “not fit to be heard from an officer of the law”.

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December 18th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Internal Security: November 16, 2011

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The Jerusalem Police Traffic Unit gave preferential treatment to a driver suspected of a series of severe traffic violations because his sister works as an officer in the unit.

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November 16th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Internal Security: July 27, 2011

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A young resident of Jerusalem complained that four police officers arrested him, beat him and denied him food, water and medical care. The youth said that he was kept overnight in a police car, so that the jail personnel would not see the bruises on his body.

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July 27th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Police: May 27, 2011

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A 15.5-years-old Palestinian of Issawiya, who was arrested by Jerusalem police on May 15, was taken shortly after his arrest to Hadassah Hospital. The boy suffered a skull fracture, abdominal rupture and serious injuries in his legs and arms. The boy said he was beaten by the police officers who caught him, which was confirmed by eyewitnesses. Police say he was hit by one shot of a paintball, and then he fell down and was hurt. The minor’s parents received information about his whereabouts only after 26 hours.

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May 27th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Police: 8th January, 2011

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Heavy confrontations took place tonight between the residents of Silwan in Eastern Jerusalem and forces of the police and the Border Police. According to the Palestinians, the incidents began after Border Policemen entered a house and beat up an old woman. Following this incident, dozens of young men stoned the position, and the policemen fled the scene, leaving behind an ammo box. After the Jerusalem Police Command found out the box was missing, large police forces entered the street. Palestinian testimonies show that the policemen broke into house, beat up residents, caused damage to property, confiscated property without warrants and arrested nine residents. (Hebrew)

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January 8th, 2011 at 2:35 pm