Saturday, April 29, 2017

Israeli court extends detention of injured Palestinian teen in Jerusalem



Israeli court extends detention of injured Palestinian teen in Jerusalem

APRIL 29, 2017 12:47 P.M. (UPDATED: APRIL 29, 2017 10:39 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli magistrate's court in Jerusalem has extended the remand of a Palestinian teen until next Sunday. The 14-year-old was detained Thursday after he was shot and injured by Israeli forces with live ammunition.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that Israeli forces had detained Musaab Muheisen on Thursday while he was inside an ambulance after being injured during clashes in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya.
Paramedic Bashar Muheisen, who is also the teen’s uncle, told the center that a live bullet hit Musaab’s lower extremities and settled under his pelvis. Bashar said that there would be “dangerous consequences” for Musab if the bullet is not removed. It was unclear if the hospital had indeed removed the bullet before the teen was transferred for interrogations.
Bashar added that Musaab was injured only a few meters from his home and was en route to attend an event with his family amid clashes that had erupted in the neighborhood. An ambulance carried Musaab to the al-Maqased Hospital in the neighborhood of al-Tur where he was expected to be moved to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
Bashar told the center that a private vehicle chased the ambulance on its way from al-Maqased to Shaare Zedek, before Israeli intelligence forces and soldiers surrounded the ambulance. Israeli forces stopped the ambulance for an hour, while Musaab bled out inside, before the ambulance crews were allowed to take him to the hospital in the presence of two Israeli border police officials and followed by an Israeli intelligence vehicle.
Bashar added that he and Musaab were interrogated by Israeli forces while seeking treatment at the hospital, where Musaab remained until Friday morning when he was transferred to Israel’s Russian compound for interrogations.
The injured teen was then presented to an Israeli judge who decided to extend his detention and transferred him to an interrogation center on Salah al-Din street in East Jerusalem.
Israeli forces often keep Palestinians under detention who have been severely injured, while many imprisoned Palestinians and rights groups have accused Israeli authorities of practicing a policy of medical neglect on Palestinian detainees.
Rights groups have routinely condemned Israeli authorities for their use of excessive force against Palestinians, including minors, in instances where Palestinians did not constitute a threat to armed Israeli forces.