Undercover police assault Sam Al-A’raj
The 18-year old Sam Al-A’raj was injured with bruises all over his body after dozens of undercover police assaulted him in Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. Sam narrated the incident of assaulting him which took place around 10 p.m. on Monday night, he said: “I was with my friend in the light rail and there were some Jewish young men on the train as well and they tried to provoke us by verbally insulting us. Upon arrival to “Damascus gate” station and as we left the light rail, they continued provoking us and we were surprised when groups of two and three people tried to attack us until nearly 35 of them were assaulting us.” Sam pointed out that most of them were “Russian Jews” and they were between 25-35 years old. Al-A’raj added that he and his friend tried to leave the area in order to avoid the occurrence of any problems but the Jewish young men followed them. Sam’s friend managed to run away while the Jewish men assaulted Sam with the butts of their guns. He continued: “after the assault, they showed me their police ID and then arrested men and took me to Salah Eddin police station where I found out that they were all policemen.” Al-A’raj pointed out that policemen also assaulted him while he was inside the police station and they handcuffed him until 3:30 a.m. and then released him around 6:30 a.m. after signing a financial guarantee. Al-A’raj denied the charges of “obstructing the police work and assaulting them” that were filed against him and requested to check the surveillance cameras inside the light trail and the station where he got off the train to find out the aggressor.