In ever-increasing documentation of violent assaults demonstrating that attacks on Palestinians are not limited to the occupied West Bank, Israeli police repeatedly shot a Palestinian father and Good Samaritan with electric stun guns in front of his 5 young children in an East Jerusalem park.
As reported by mainstream Israeli news outlet Haaretz, the victim, 42-year-old Talal Siad, was having a celebratory Eid al-Fitr family day with his wife and 5 children at Meymadion Water Park on Thursday, when they witnessed Tel Aviv police repeatedly spraying pepper into the eyes of a teenager on the ground.
The teen victim had been involved in an altercation which occurred between some families at the park. Israeli police intervened, but witnesses say the officers used “unnecessary force.”
RT News reports that Siad, who was not involved in the altercation but was alarmed by the excessive police pepper-spraying into the eyes of the teenager on the ground, called out, “What are you doing? You’re killing those kids! You’re being unreasonable!”
Israeli police responded by aggressively threatening Siad, who was holding his 3-year old in his arms.
Says YNet News, when Siad put his child down to attempt to help the pepper-sprayed teen, police attacked Siad with stun guns.
“Every time I tried to rise to my feet,” said Siad, “[The police] pulled the trigger and shocked me again, even though I was handcuffed. I vomited. I was shocked five times, and several times more outside the Meymadion park area.”
According to Haaretz, witness Sa’id Kabub of Jaffa filmed the incident, which corroborates Siad’s account. Says Kabub, “I’m 40, and I began to weep. It was shocking. One young woman saw the incident and passed out. I see a lot of stuff in Jaffa, but I never saw anything like this.”
In the video, a large crowd of witnesses can be heard screaming for the police to stop shooting Said, who rolls around on the ground in pain. One man, then later others from the crowd, approach police and appear to be begging them to stop.
At one point, Said holds out his handcuffed wrists, apparently begging for help or for the police to stop – but he is shot again by police.
In the background of the YNet News video, the teen whom Siad tried to help, also lays on the ground in obvious pain, his eye area swollen and colored bright orange from pepper spray. Both he and Siad’s injuries required hospitalization. Even so, Israeli police deny allegations of the use of excessive police force.
As documented by B’Tselem, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, “Many instances of [Israeli] abuse [upon Palestinians] are not exposed because they have become the norm. Based on past experience, many [Palestinians] do not file complaints because of lack of trust in the system – a system which tends not to believe them, and which tends to protect rather than prosecute those who injured them.”
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