Beit Ommar Resident Beaten as he Goes to Mosque

22 August 2012

Local resident Thaer Mohammed Awad was beaten by Israeli soldiers on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, as he headed to Jerusalem to pray.

The 23 year old was walking to Temple Mount, on the holy Muslim holiday when he was attacked by the soldiers.

After being thrown from a two meter wall, breaking bones and severely cutting his feet, the man was continually beaten despite his screams to ‘stop’. Soldiers then continued to further humiliate the man by making him crawl a distance of fifty meters on his hands and feet. Witnesses to the attack called the ambulance, which transported the man to Hussein Hospital in Beit Jala, where he is now being treated for his fractures.

The attack accompanies a series of attacks by Occupation Forces on Palestinians going to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque.

Earlier this weeks another citizen, Uday Nasri Abu Marya was beaten by Israeli soliders in Beir Ommar. His brother Mohammed Nasri Abu Marya, 23, was also beaten as he travelled between Beit Ommar and the refugee camp, Al- Arub.

Yusef Abu Hashem, who had only been released from Israeli Detention for a matter of days, was detained for hours at the junction ner Gosh Etzion settlement. His identity card was taken, leaving him subject to future arrest.