Border Police officers in the West Bank town Awarta 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini)
Amichai Levine, a 21-year-old Jerusalem resident, filed a civil lawsuit at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Thursday against a Border Police officer who allegedly assaulted him during a pro-settlement demonstration near the Awarta crossing near Nablus in July 2009.
According to the suit, the officer, Tal Yemini, together with two other border policemen, attacked Levine without provocation, choked him, pushed him to the ground and beat him after he had fallen in an incident lasting 20 minutes, after which they arrested him and charged him with disturbing the peace and beating a police officer.
The incident was captured on video, and on the following day in court,
the judge who had been asked to remand Levine released him, saying it
appeared that it was he who had been attacked, and not the other way
Levine, together with the Organization for Human Rights in Judea and
Samaria, lodged a complaint against Yemini with the Police
Investigations Department in the Justice Ministry.
Following an investigation, Yemini was charged with unlawful use of
force. He confessed to the charges in a plea bargain and was reprimanded
and sentenced to pay a NIS 400 fine.
Levine thought the punishment insufficient, and on Thursday filed a
claim for NIS 30,000 damages on account of pain and suffering caused by
“The verdict resulting from the plea bargain is ridiculous and fails to
convey the message that violence may not be used by a police officer
against a citizen as a means of alleviating stress. Police commanders
talk about the importance of the issue; but, to our sorrow, its correct
weight was not expressed in the disciplinary tribunal’s decision.
“We hope that the damages claim will put the message across more
clearly,” Organization for Human Rights in Judea and Samaria head Orit