Israeli military forces have interrogated a Palestinian resident of the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds neighborhood of al-Isawiyah on allegations that she was filming them when some youngsters hurled stones at their jeep.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan (Silwanic) said Israeli soldiers broke into the house of 12-year-old Sondos Omar Atiya on Saturday afternoon, and asked her if she had seen who threw stones at them and if she had filmed the incident on her mobile phone.
The soldiers then examined several phones, and questioned her father before leaving the house.
“One of the soldiers was asking me if I was wearing a black shirt and filming them – he asked if I had a phone, or if I was using my brother’s phone – I said no,” the minor Palestinian girl told Silwanic.
“They kept questioning and interrogating me, asking whether I filmed anything or if I saw who threw stones at them… and my father told them that the family is just having some barbecue,” she added.
On July 31, Israeli police summoned a Palestinian resident of the same East Jerusalem al-Quds neighborhood on allegations that his young son had thrown stones at Israeli military forces.
Firas Obaid received a warrant the previous day, asking him to come to an Israeli police station for interrogation, after his six-year-old son Qais was accused of throwing stones at Israeli officers patrolling Isawiyah.
The Palestinian father showed up at the police station the following morning, and was allowed to leave after questioning.
The development came on the heels of a similar incident, where another Isawiyah resident, identified as Rabiaa Elayyan, was interrogated by Israeli police over alleged stone throwing of his four-year-old son, Mohammad, at Israeli police officers.
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) condemned Elayyan’s interrogation in a statement, saying the move was meant to “terrorize the Palestinian people and convey the message that no one, not even the United Nations, the UN Security Council and all other UN organizations, can protect Palestinians from the brutality of the Israeli occupation.”
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld described the summoning of parents for alleged acts committed by their children as a “standard procedure,” adding, “It’s an educational process and at the same time community policing to deal with that incident.”
He went on to say that no police officers were injured in the alleged stone-throwing incident involving Mohammad.
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