Hebron Machpelah 370.
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B’Tselem announced on Wednesday that the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court sentenced
Ha’il Ibrahim, a border policeman convicted of attacking a 13-year-old
Palestinian boy in Hebron nearly four years ago to 75 days community
The sentence was handed down last month and included a
four-month suspended prison sentence valid for four years as well as NIS 2,000
to be paid to the boy, Yunes Abu Ermileh, B’Tselem – The Israeli Information
Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, said.
2009, Ibrahim attacked the boy while he was on duty near the Tomb of the
Patriarchs in Hebron, the NGO said.
When Ermileh did not comply with
Ibrahim’s demand to be quiet, he ran after the boy, flung his police helmet at
him, knocked him to the ground and kicked him, causing the boy trauma to his
back and shoulder.
Judge Cjana Miriam Lomp wrote in the sentence: “Any
act of violence, and particularly one against a minor, a 13-yearold boy,
perpetrated while the defendant is wearing a law enforcement uniform and is
stationed in this role must be viewed with the greatest severity.
of enforcing the law, because of a personal argument, he chose an act of
violence that resulted in bodily harm.”
Such convictions of border police
are extremely rare relative to the number of reported incidents, B’Tselem said.