A video circulating on social media shows an Israeli soldier kneeling on the neck of an elderly Palestinian protestor while he was arrested during a demonstration in the occupied West Bank.
Tuesday’s footage shows an Israeli soldier, Khairi Hannoun, pushing a 65-year-old Palestinian defender as other soldiers pick up their rifles and shout at a group of news photographers to return. A projectile was fired, although it is unclear whether it was a stun grenade or tear gas.
The soldier slams Hannoun to the ground and stabs him in the handcuffs and stabs him on the neck and back.
Hannoun said he accompanied dozens of protesters to the village of Shufa, near the town of West Bank, occupied by Tulkarem, protesting Israel’s plans to seize some 800 dunams (800,000 square kilometers) of land to build an industrial park Were.
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The video shows Hunoun pushing an Israeli soldier after snatching the Palestinian flag from another demonstrator, causing a scuffle.
“Told the Associated Press,” Israeli soldiers hit me a lot and one of them pressed my knee in front of my neck for a few minutes. “I stayed to avoid more pressure on my neck, but people pulled me out.”
Hannaun said he was hurt but there were no serious injuries.
Local Palestinian forces said dozens of protesters breathed tear gas after Israeli forces fired at canisters and fired rounds.
Palestinian and Israeli rights groups often accuse Israeli security forces of using excessive force to spread Palestinian protests.
Those confrontations have come under scrutiny amid recent protests against racial injustice in the United States, as some Palestinians have sought to link their cause to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The killing of George Floyd sparked American protests, killing a black man who died after being held in police custody for several minutes on the neck of a white officer as he wept saying he could not breathe.
The Israeli military said the commander “showed restraint” when Hannon protested the arrest. It was said that he was given medical care at the scene before being released later.
“Videos on social media are partially edited, heavily edited and do not depict violent riots nor against violence [Israeli] The soldiers said before the apprehension, “The military said in a statement. The protesters threw stones and” attacked “the soldiers.
“The event will be seen in the following days,” it said.
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