For Immediate Release: PSP and Popular Committee Member Brutally Beaten After Detention at Demonstration

2 July 2011

Update: Yousef Abu Maria was released from the hospital but is still under observation for potential head injuries.


Issued by Beit Ommar Popular Committee and Palestine Solidarity Project

Yousef Abu Maria beaten by Israeli Border Police While in Custody, Dumped on Road

After the weekly demonstration against the Karmei Tsur settlement today, July 2, 2011, a Palestinian protester was brutally beaten by Israeli Border Police.

Yousef Abu Maria, a member of the Beit Ommar Popular Committee and Palestine Solidarity Project, was one of 60 Palestinian, Israeli and International protesters who marched peacefully towards the fence of the illegal settlement. Dozens of Israeli soldiers were waiting for the marchers and soon detained Abu Maria with no reason or due cause apparent.

Once detained, the soldiers, including a high-raking officer, a lieutenant colonel, transferred Abu Maria over to the Israeli Border Police who proceeded to brutally beat him. Abu Maria was then dumped at the entrance to Beit Ommar village, semi-conscious and suffering from suspected broken ribs and internal injuries.

He was quickly rushed to Aliya hospital in Hebron by family where he is undergoing tests and x-rays to assess the extent of his injuries.

On May 7th, Yousef suffered a broken arm at a similar demonstration at Karmei Tsur during an attempted arrest by the Israeli Military.

For media contact Mousa Abu Maria (Arabic) on 0598139590 or Bekah Wolf (English) 0548838369