Newly-released video shows Israeli security forces storming an East Jerusalem hospital in late July, as they tried to prevent doctors from bringing a wounded Palestinian into surgery.
A Palestinian man died on a gurney in a Jerusalem hospital last month, as Israeli police in full riot gear tried to prevent medical staff from wheeling him into the operating room for surgery. B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights NGO, released footage of the incident that was recorded by the hospital’s security cameras.
The video shows armed Israeli police wearing helmets and military-style riot gear bursting into the emergency room at al Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem on July 21, shoving aside medical staff in order to grab the stretcher, even as the wounded man with an IV attached to his arm was lying on it, visibly bleeding and unconscious.
Muhammad Abu Ghanam, 20, from Jerusalem’s Abu Tur neighborhood, was taken by hospital in East Jerusalem on the afternoon of July 21. Abu Ghannam had joined a group of young Palestinian men as they demonstrated after noon prayers that day, in protest of the Israeli government having upset the status quo at al-Aqsa by erecting metal detectors at the entrance to the compound. Some of the young men threw stones in the direction of police.
According to several eyewitnesses, Abu Ghanam was about to toss a lit flare in the direction of security forces who were shooting tear gas canisters and foam-tipped bullets at the demonstrators. The eyewitnesses said the police were not standing close enough to be hint. Nonetheless, one of them shot Abu Ghanam in the chest with a live bullet. It entered his spinal cord.
Again according to eyewitnesses who spoke to B’Tselem researchers, police left Abu Ghanam bleeding on the pavement for five to 10 minutes. They refused to offer him first aid and then tried to prevent an ambulance from reaching him. Once medics finally succeeded in picking up Abu Ghanam, the police reportedly threw a stun grenade at the ambulance.
Al Makassed Hospital is in East Jerusalem. It serves Palestinian patients and is not under the auspices of the Israeli national health care system. Hadassah Hospital, one of the crown jewels of the Israeli national healthcare system (which also serves Palestinian patients), is just a few minutes’ drive away. But the idea of Israeli riot police rampaging through a Jewish Israeli...Read More