Israeli security guard caught on camera beating Palestinian in East Jerusalem
An Israeli security guard stationed outside a Jewish home was filmed beating an Arab resident of the predominantly Palestinian Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem.
A video, released last Thursday by Palestinian media, reportedly shows a security guard employed by the Ministry of Construction and Housing repeatedly restraining and hitting a man – who has an unspecified disability – on the head and in the face.
The man was identified as Fadi Salah Mheisen by the Wadi Hilweh Information Center. In photos released after the attack, Mheisen is seen with injuries around his eyes and face.
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The security guard was employed under a Housing Ministry policy that funds private security companies to guard Jewish residences in East Jerusalem.
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The Association for Civil Rights in Israel challenged the policy as “discriminatory and illegal,” although the High Court upheld the ministry’s practice in 2014.
According to the left-wing Israeli organization Peace Now, the Housing Ministry spends 100 million shekels ($ 31 million) a year to fund private security guards for Jewish homes in East Jerusalem.
Mheisen’s brother Shadi described the attack to the Walla news site: “He was praying today at Al-Aqsa Mosque, returned home and was arrested by security guards. They asked him “where are you going?” And he said he was going home. They sprayed him with gas, he fell to the ground and started beating him.
“He just wanted to come home. He did not do anything. Mheisen said. “The police haven’t come here yet.”
According to Peace Now, Mheisen has special needs. He was taken to a health center after the attack, Mheisen’s brother told Walla.
The Housing Ministry identified the security guard as belonging to the private security company Shahaf, which “conducts security operations in East Jerusalem under the professional direction of the Israel Police,” according to Walla.
After receiving the footage, “ministry officials demanded that the company conduct a thorough investigation and report its findings to the ministry and the Israel Police,” the ministry added.
According to Walla, the police have opened an investigation.
Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community. He sees the entire city as his capital, while Palestinians see the eastern sector as the capital of their future state.