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    Israeli police in West Bank close cases of offenses against Palestinians without investigating

    The Israel Police force in the West Bank closes investigations into complaints by Palestinians of violence committed against them by Israelis, even in the face of solid evidence.

    A review of case files shows that the police often invest only minimal effort in the investigations, resulting in a failure to prosecute even violent offenses.

    In one case examined by the human rights organization Yesh Din, the Judea and Samaria District Police closed an investigation of an attack by Jewish settlers on a Palestinian home, even though Israeli soldiers witnessed the incident and it was recorded on video.

    In another instance, the police closed an investigation into the attempted kidnapping of a Palestinian child without checking security cameras at the scene.

    Another time, the police closed a case against Israeli teens who sprayed a Palestinian with pepper spray, even though the teens' claim of self-defense was contradicted by statements by soldiers who were witnesses as well as a physical examination of the victim.

    The case of Bilal Eid is not the only one in which the police handling of claims of violence against Palestinians raised question marks.

    The police responded by saying that "investigation of complaints on the issue of politically motivated crime is carried out professionally, and the police invest great effort in discovering evidence and establishing an evidentiary infrastructure.

    Source: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.783180?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
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