Undercover Israeli police attack Palestinian protesters
Many undercover Israeli soldiers join Palestinian protests as agent provocateur and incite protesters to hurl stones at Israeli soldiers, then they draw their guns and start helping their fellow military members in arresting the protesters. A newly released video has captured such a story.
Disguised as Palestinian protesters, the Israeli infiltrating team was caught on camera by several journalists in the vicinity of the illegally-built Israeli settlement of Beit El near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday.
The video also shows Palestinian protesters running from the scene while Israeli agents – who were shooting toward the crowd with their handguns – help other Israeli soldiers in giving a torrent of kicks and punches on the captured protesters.
At least one young Palestinian was shot in the leg at point-blank range by one of the fake protesters.
Meanwhile, Palestine’s Ma’an news agency reported that at least 18 Palestinians sustained injuries with rubber-coated steel bullets fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes in the environs of Ramallah.
Tensions have been running high in the region over the past few days after Israel imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the Old City, where the al-Aqsa Mosque compound is located. The mosque is Islam’s third holiest site after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.
The measure was taken earlier this month after two Israelis were killed and two others wounded during clashes between a Palestinian man and Israeli settlers in al-Quds.