Israeli cop held over Palestinian boy’s killing
JERUSALEM: Israeli police have arrested a paramilitary border policeman over the fatal shooting of a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank in May, a spokesman said yesterday.
Nadim Nuwara, 17, and Muhammad Abu Thahr, 16, were killed during a demonstration in which Palestinians hurled stones at Israeli forces.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the policeman was arrested in connection with Nuwara’s death, but not Abu Thahr’s, because an autopsy was carried out only on Nuwara’s body.
At a remand hearing in a Jerusalem court, Benny Katz, the suspect’s attorney, told reporters his client says he fired only rubber bullets during the protest.
At the time, Palestinian medics said the boys were killed by live bullets. The Israeli military said its forces fired only rubber bullets and that border policemen, who are also armed with assault rifles and carry out security duties in the West Bank, were also at the scene.
Violence between Israelis and Palestinians has spiralled in the past few weeks, raising fears of a new uprising.
In June, the Palestinian attorney-general said an autopsy, requested by Nuwara’s family, showed the youth was killed by live fire. US, Danish and Israeli pathologists were present at the autopsy.
Footage from security cameras showed each of the youths, about an hour apart according to the time stamp, walking some distance from the protest and then falling to the ground, apparently shot.
“Hopefully, God willing, there will be justice in the case of my son,” said Siam Nuwara, the boy’s father.
“I believe there is law in Israel, but the question is whether they will apply it for a Palestinian the same way they would for an Israeli.” – Reuters