Policeman head-butts Palestinians in Silwan, 2008

November 2008

On Wednesday, 5 November 2008, in the Bustan section of the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Municipality demolished one house and an addition that had been built onto another house. In the course of removing the occupants of the structures, a helmeted policeman head-butted two Palestinians, a man and a woman. A researcher from B'Tselem filmed the incident on video, and the organization handed over the ta[e to the Department for the Investigation of Police in the Ministry of Justice, which opened an investigation. The Bustan section contains some 90 houses, which are home to about 1,000 persons. In recent years, the Municipality has issued demolition orders for most of these houses.