Is­raeli cop held over Pales­tinian boy’s killing

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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

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