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Naksa Day: Did Arab intern assault police?
Medical intern at Israeli hospital charged with hurling stones at police during 'Naksa Day'

An indictment was filed with the Nazareth Magistrates' Court against three residents of Majdal Shams Thursday, charging them with assaulting officers during "Naksa Day" riots earlier this month.

 

The defendants are 36-year old Majdi Nasib Farahat, 41-year old Mahmoud Salah, and 27-year old Mahmoud Mahmoud, who is a medical intern at Ziv Hospital in Safed.

 

 

The indictment charges the three men with aggravated assault, accusing them of throwing stones at security forces during riots that broke out in the Druze village on a day commemorating the "Arab downfall" of the Six Day War.

 

During the day, hundreds of Palestinians attempted to break through the Syrian border fence and infiltrate Israel.

 

Syria claims more than 20 Palestinians were killed by Israel, but the IDF has said many of them were killed because they behaved irresponsibly, throwing fire bombs and setting off minefields.

 

The defendants took part in a riot where a police officer was lightly injured by stones, the prosecution says. Last week several other Druze residents of the village were also indicted, among them minors.  

Majdal Shams residents throw stones at security forces

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Mahmoud Mahmoud, the medical intern, was arrested on 'Naksa Day' on suspicion of stone-throwing but was released the following day. He claimed he was on the scene to treat those wounded in the riots.

 

A few days later Mahmoud was detained again, after police received a tape showing footage of him hurling stones at IDF soldiers.

 

Ziv Hospital issued a statement saying the Health Ministry was looking into the matter.

 

"In addition to state laws, those engaged in medicine are supposed to adhere to the laws of medical ethics as well, which focus on saving lives rather than harming people. We condemn any violence," the statement said.

 

Police say altogether 16 people were arrested on suspicion of rioting on "Naksa Day."

 

 


פרסום ראשון: 06.16.11, 19:19
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