Footage shows harsh Israeli interrogation of Palestinian teen Ahmed Manasra ahead of knife attack trial

Published 10.11.2015 15:34
Updated 10.11.2015 16:18
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Palestinian teen Ahmed Manasra went on trial before a Jerusalem court on Tuesday over an alleged stabbing attack last month that fueled a media war amid the ongoing deadly surge in Israeli-Palestinian violence. Manasra earlier came into prominence with the footage that show him lying on the floor his head bloodied as bystanders curse him and shout "Die!" in Hebrew.

This time on Monday, Palestinian media released footage showing Jerusalem police questioning Ahmed.

In the video released by Palestine's Maan News Agency and which is likely to raise further controversy, police officers show Ahmed footage of him and his cousin wielding knives and chasing a man through the streets of the Pisgat Zeev settlement. One of the officers shouts at Ahmed, "Is this you, this person?" as the teen cries and says he doesn't remember.

It was unclear how Palestinian media obtained the video or who filmed the Israeli investigation.

According to the indictment, 13-year-old Ahmed and his cousin Hassan, 15, stabbed two Jewish settlers in an east Jerusalem neighborhood in mid-October. Police fatally shot Hassan and a passing car ran over Ahmed. The Israeli victims, aged 20 and 13, survived their wounds.

The case became a lightning rod for both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian divide after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas erroneously claimed in a televised speech that Israelis had "summarily executed" Ahmed. The 13-year-old at the time was recovering at an Israeli hospital.

Israel promptly accused Abbas as it has done repeatedly in the past months of fomenting violence with what it says are incendiary comments.

For their part, Palestinians were enraged by video that surfaced on social media showing Ahmed lying in the street.

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Since mid-September, 12 Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbing assaults. Meanwhile, 75 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, including 48 said by Israel to have been involved in attacks or attempted attacks. The other Palestinians died in clashes between stone-throwers and security forces.

The latest bloodshed was triggered by unrest at a major Jerusalem shrine revered by both Muslims and Jews, and quickly spread to Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza border.

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