Video documentation: officer head-butts a Palestinian youth, Hebron

26 Jul 2012
28 Dec 2014

Update: On the same day that the footage was aired  by the media, the MAG Corps posted an item on its website, stating that the MAG Corps had instructed the MPIU to investigate the incident. On 13 May 2013 the MAG Corps informed B'Tselem that the officer in question had been tried in Police Disciplinary Court on charges of exceeding the bounds of his authority to the extent of endangering life or wellbeing. According to the MAG Corps, the officer was convicted and given a suspended prison sentence.

Yesterday evening, 25.7.2012, Zidan Sharabati, a volunteer in B'Tselem's camera distribution project, documented from his window a soldier detaining a number of Palestinian youths. The incident occurred at the military checkpoint near the Beit Hadassah settlement in Hebron City Center (H2 area). The soldier ordered the youths to wait by the row of houses overlooking the street. The video shows one of the youths, 17 year old Thair Ghanam, arguing with the soldier and holding his arm, after the soldier asked the youths to present their ID cards.

Today Ghanam told B'Tselem's field worker that after waiting a few minutes, an officer arrived at the scene, and pushed him. Ghanam said that he tried to push the officer off him. [Please note: the volunteer stopped recording while the youths were standing by the wall, so this was not documented.] Then, the video shows the officer holding the youth and taking him by force up the street, then head-butting him. The officer is then seen continuing to assault Ghanam and when he releases the youth, both disappear walking up the road.

B'Tselem's videographer then went outside and renewed filming. The officer is seen leading Ghanam, whose hands are tied, down the street and into a military vehicle.

He was taken to the military base on a-Shuhada street and released shortly after. Following his release Ghanam went to 'Aaliya hospital in Hebron, where the doctors diagnosed a broken nose.

B'Tselem reported the incident to the IDF spokesperson's office and the Military Police Investigative Division (MPID).