Israeli forces hit rally against police abuse

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians claim Israeli forces attacked them after a peaceful rally against police brutality in east Jerusalem.

Forty-nine-year-old witness Abed Zamzam said that on Thursday, Israeli police were patrolling a rally of several hundred Palestinians in the neighbourhood of Issawiyas.

Zamzam said they beat the residents after fatally shooting 20-year-old Mohammed Obeid. A mobile phone video shows a policeman kicking a Palestinian already on the ground as an officer was arresting him.

The protests continued on Friday.

Zamzam’s account differs from that of police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, who said protesters hurled stones and explosive devices at the Israeli patrol. He said an officer, acting in self-defence, shot a suspect who launched firecrackers toward police at “extremely close range”.

Palestinians and human rights groups have accused Israel of using excessive force.

A Palestinian protesters throw back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during a protest near the West Bank city of Nablus. – AP