The NGO spoke to 11 witnesses and verified 45 movies and different types of digital media to doc over 20 circumstances of what it referred to as “Israeli police violations” between Might 9 and June 12. The report referred to each Arab-Israelis and Palestinians as “Palestinians.”
Amnesty additionally verified 29 textual content and audio messages from open Telegram channels and WhatsApp, displaying how the apps had been utilized by Jewish extremists to recruit armed males and arrange assaults on Arab Israelis between Might 10 and 21.
The messages included directions on the place and when to assemble, which weapons to make use of and what clothes to put on. One message allegedly learn: “Tonight we’re not Jews, we’re Nazis.”
— بلقيس (@BalqesZA) Might 12, 2021
ההפגנה בחיפה. עימותים עם כוחות המשטרה במושבה הגרמנית. האלמנט הכי בולט , צעירים מכל הגילאים ללא מעורבות של מנהיגות פוליטית ומפלגתית. pic.twitter.com/m35deBvZk9
— Jack khoury.جاك خوري (@KhJacki) Might 9, 2021
“Police have an obligation to guard all individuals beneath Israel’s management, whether or not they’re Jewish or Palestinian. As an alternative, the overwhelming majority arrested within the police crackdown following the outbreak of intercommunal violence had been Palestinian,” mentioned Saleh Higazi, deputy director for the Center East and North Africa at Amnesty Worldwide. “The few Jewish residents of Israel arrested had been handled extra leniently. Jewish supremacists additionally proceed to arrange demonstrations whereas Palestinians face repression.”
That very same evening, Israeli police shoot once more down that very same street. “Do not shoot, there are kids there! My son is there!” a Palestinian man yells. “Whoever is out presently just isn’t a toddler,” an officer replies, whereas one other fires a stun grenade for no obvious cause. pic.twitter.com/uiuJmoPNpt
— Henriette Chacar هنريت شقر (@HenrietteChacar) Might 13, 2021
The NGO additionally claimed that it documented torture on the Russian Compound police station in Nazareth on Might 12, with an eyewitness telling Amnesty that they noticed particular forces beating a bunch of no less than eight certain detainees who had been arrested at a protest.
“It was like a brutal prisoner of battle camp. The officers had been hitting the younger males with broomsticks and kicking them with steel-capped boots. 4 of them needed to be taken away by ambulance, and one had a damaged arm,” mentioned the eyewitness to Amnesty.
The NGO claimed that Operation Regulation and Order, which was launched in response to the unrest, primarily focused Arab-Israeli and Palestinian protesters.
Mossawa, an Arab-Israeli human rights group, reported that police had arrested over 2,150 individuals by June 10, with 90% of the detainees being Arab-Israeli or Palestinian. In accordance with Adalah, one other Arab-Israeli human rights group, 184 indictments had been filed towards 285 defendants, with solely 30 Jewish Israelis being amongst these indicted.
And, in Nazareth as properly. That is completely stunning, police throw stun grenades in the course of site visitors in the principle sq., additionally making arrests. The Israeli police are unhinged tonight they usually know the gov has their backs. pic.twitter.com/iLDGHUdWQB
— Louis Fishman لوي فيشمان לואי פישמן (@Istanbultelaviv) Might 9, 2021
— כאן חדשות (@kann_news) Might 12, 2021
Amnesty identified numerous particular incidents, together with a protest within the German Colony of Haifa, through which a protest by Arab-Israelis clashed with Israeli police, with the NGO saying police attacked protesters, unprovoked.
The occasions main as much as most of the incidents weren’t documented within the movies shared by Amnesty Worldwide as proof of the alleged discrimination.
Higazi claimed within the report that the proof gathered by the NGO “paints a damning image of discrimination and ruthless extreme drive by Israeli police.”
The deputy director claimed that police coverage was “orchestrated as an act of retaliation and intimidation to crush pro-Palestinian demonstrations and silence those that communicate out to sentence Israel’s institutionalized discrimination and systemic oppression of Palestinians.”