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Israeli forces mark face of Palestinian man with ‘Star of David’ during arrest

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This picture shows Israeli forces detaining a Palestinian man in East al-Quds on Jan. 25, 2023. (File photo by AFP)

Israeli forces have severely beaten a Palestinian man during an arrest before marking a “Star of David” on his face.

Media reports said this week that a Palestinian man, accused of drug trafficking at a refugee camp in East al-Quds, was beaten up by more than a dozen Israeli troops who then branded his face.

The Palestinian man’s lawyer was quoted as saying in a statement that the incident was “a grave case of intentional violence and humiliation of a detainee by police” and demanded an immediate police investigation.

Israeli media cited a court judge expressing "horror over the police’s conduct” and reportedly ordered the matter to be investigated by the Police Internal Investigations Department.

In a statement issued by Israeli police, the man had resisted arrest and police responded with “reasonable force.”

This picture purportedly shows a "Star of David" mark on the face of Palestinian man in the custody of Israeli forces.

Israeli media published a checkered photo of the Palestinian victim’s face, where the mark was visible.

Israeli police have committed numerous crimes against Palestinians including violent raids and sweeping arrests, the use of excessive force against peaceful protesters, as well as subjecting detainees to ill-treatment, torture, and killing.

Israel is currently holding more than 5,000 Palestinian political prisoners, according to figures published by rights groups.

At least 1,200 of them are held without charge or trial in an internationally banned procedure known as administrative detention.



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