If they want to calm the people, the police need to be very transparent about what is going on. They engage in provocations to get the victims to react, and then they’ll say it’s self-defense. Witnesses told Haaretz that the officer stood idly by as the mob chased the three men down the street.
“I saw three Palestinians surrounded by the Lehava guys who shouted at them and cursed them,” the witness said. “I’ve been in the square for three years, and this isn’t the first time I’ve seen this. It’s systematic." Two days later, he said, he filed a complaint at an area police station and was informed that there was no information about the attack.
Some 1,500 Palestinian security prisoners had been fasting for nearly two weeks over demands ranging from improved medical care to greater access to telephone calls.
Palestinian leaders have denounced Israel’s refusal to negotiate with the hunger strikers, warning of a “new intifada” if any of them die.
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