Israeli Justice Ministry’s Department of Police Investigation recently filed charges against two border police who allegedly assaulted a Palestinian youth and tried to cover up their action.
The incident took place in October 2010, when, according to the Palestinian youth Barafat Ajloni, the two police officers detained him while patrolling East Jerusalem, Ha’aretz daily reported on Monday.
Ajloni sustained that both officers took him to a cemetery and conducted a body search, which the youth found very harsh. When he complained about it, one of the police men hit him in the face with the butt of his riffle.
The two officers then took Ajloni to a nearby police station and charged him with attacking a policeman.
The indictment against the two police officers says that they falsified the report in order to cover up their actions. The police report written by the two officers states that Ajloni resisted the search and attacked them, which led the two men to hold him against the cemetery wall, where he hit himself in the face.
The officers were charged with obstruction of justice and false report, as well as assault leading to injury.
A border police spokesman told the newspaper that the incident “is not representative of border police in the defense of the state of Israel.”
Another border police was also indicted by the same ministry’s department in a similar case, also from 2010, when border police in civilian clothes intimidated and wounded a Palestinian laborer.
The Palestinian man, who was working in a kibbutz, was thrown off a ladder, handcuffed, and then beaten up by an officer. The same officer also fired a few shots in the air and later asked his colleagues to conceal his actions.
The man was charged with assault leading to injury, obstruction of justice and perjury.