Inoreader – In East Jerusalem, nightly raids leave Palestinian neighborhood reeling

The police officers stand in the street for hours, half afraid, half bored. Nothing really happens, and they know too well from previous evenings that nothing will happen. When “softer” forms of harassment don’t help, the commanders begin to initiate the riot. They will stop a young man at random while aggressively shouting at him or frisking him. They will approach a group of teenagers minding their own business near one of the stores and threaten them to “get the hell out of here or else.” Sooner or later something works: someone dares speak back to them, or a stone is thrown from somewhere out of sight. At that moment, the situation becomes a “security threat,” and the paramilitary police are allowed to mete out violence. But against whom? This is still a neighborhood; there is no armed enemy in sight, not to mention any rioters. Yet the protocol calls for “clearing the area,” so everyone comes a target. Physical violence, stun grenades, and pepper spray are used, affecting not only those who happen to be in the street but also all those who remain indoors.

Source: Inoreader – In East Jerusalem, nightly raids leave Palestinian neighborhood reeling