The Border Police launched an investigation into one of its officers after video
footage surfaced showing him kicking a Palestinian child suspected of throwing
rocks at police in Hebron.
The video, taken on June 29 by a volunteer for
B’Tselem – The Israel Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied
Territories, shows one Border Police officer apprehending the boy, named as
nine-year-old Abd al-Rahman Burkan, while the child shouts and lies down on the
ground. A second policeman is then seen approaching the child and kicking
The child is then released and is seen running away.
incident occurred near the Cave of the Patriarchs.
“We will file a
complaint against the officers with the Police Investigation Department,”
B’Tselem said in a statement.
Border Police sources said the organization
viewed the conduct of the officer as inexcusable and wrong, adding that such
actions were rare and unrepresentative of the force.
The sources added
that in recent weeks, there has been a large rise in the number of rock-throwing
incidents in the Hebron area.
Some in the Border Police suspect that
cameramen get into position and start filming after children throw rocks at
police. Irrespective of the rock-throwing, however, the sources believe there is
no justification for the act captured on film.
In an official statement,
the Border Police denounced the conduct of officers who violate the
“The commander of the Border Police [Yoram Halevi]
ordered the creation of an investigation team to examine the incident
The conclusions of the investigation will be released in the
coming days,” the statement said.