Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Jul 8 -An Israeli-Palestinian rights group has released video

Jul 8 - An Israeli -Palestinian rights group has released video of a Palestinian man tied to a phone pole claiming it shows the man being beaten up by Jewish settlers.

The video was recorded by activists belonging to Ta'ayush, an Israeli-Palestinian human rights group.

The group claims it shows a bound Palestinian man being kicked by Jewish settlers while Israeli soldiers stand by. The man, a 30-year-old Palestinian teacher, was eventually freed and taken to hospital.

He later told Reuters the settlers had falsely accused him of setting fire to one of their fields before beating him. Israeli police say two settlers were arrested on suspicion of assault.

A settler leader in Hebron says the video wrongly portrays the settlers as aggressors when, in reality, they're defending themselves.

Susan Flory reports

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