Israeli policeman arrested for killing Palestinian boy

Nadim Nuwara, 17, was killed by Israeli security forces – along with Mohamed Abu Thahr, 16 – in the West Bank town of Beitunia during clashes marking Nakba Day

Israeli policeman arrested for killing Palestinian boy

World Bulletin/News Desk

An Israeli policeman was arrested Wednesday on suspicions that he shot and killed Palestinian youth Nadim Nuwara six months ago, Israeli media has reported.

The suspect was detained by the Israeli police and taken to an arraignment hearing, according to Israeli Army radio.

Nuwara, 17, was killed by Israeli security forces – along with Mohamed Abu Thahr, 16 – in the West Bank town of Beitunia during clashes marking Nakba Day, when Palestinians commemorate the loss of their homeland during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

In May, Defense for Children International, a human rights group, released a two-minute video on YouTube that purports to show the incident.

The video was edited down from six hours of surveillance footage taken from a camera affixed to a nearby Palestinian-owned business, according to the rights group.

In the footage, the men who are shot do not appear to be involved in the clashes.

Footage from security cameras on Palestinian properties near the demonstration showed each of the youths, about an hour apart according to the time stamp, walking at some distance from the protest and then falling to the ground, apparently shot.

"Hopefully God willing there will be justice in the case of my son," said Siam Nuwara, the boy's father. "I believe there is law in Israel, but the question is whether they will apply it for a Palestinian the same way they would for an Israeli."

In June, the Palestinian attorney-general said an autopsy, requested by Nuwara's family, showed the youth was killed by live fire. U.S., Danish and Israeli pathologists were also present at the autopsy.

The U.S. had subsequently called on the Israeli government to investigate the fatal shooting of the two Palestinian youths in the West Bank.

The Israeli authorities, for their part, said they were investigating the video, which has circulated widely on the internet.

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