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An off-duty Jerusalem Police officer shot and wounded a Palestinian man during
an incident that was caught on video last Monday, and could face a Justice
Jerusalem District spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said
Thursday that the officer had come under attack from the Palestinian man, who
was wielding a screwdriver. In the video, it is hard to tell if the man – whom
Haaretz named as Mahmoud Abu Sneina – is armed, though he is carrying something
in his right hand.
Ben-Ruby said that as far as police were concerned,
the officer had acted in self-defense, but added that police had gathered the
video footage of the incident and turned it over to the Justice Ministry’s
department for investigating police, which will decide whether or not to open an
Abu Sneina, who was released from jail on Thursday, could
face charges of assaulting a police officer and weapons offenses.
video shows the two men scuffling in the lot of the Sheikh Jarrah gas station,
after which the cop begins backing up as Abu Sneina approaches him.
policeman keeps the gun pointed below Abu Sneina’s waist and at one point shoots
him in the leg. Abu Sneina eventually exits to the left of the screen, and the
officer makes no attempt to pursue or arrest him.
The Justice Ministry
has not yet announced whether it will probe the incident.