Israeli Light Rail guards, and a police officer, in occupied Jerusalem violently attacked and beat, on Thursday, a young Palestinian woman, while shouting and cursing at her before detaining, and interrogating her, for several hours.Natalie Abedrabbo, 18 years of age, said she was heading to work and bought a light-rail ticket, but as she was stepping into the train, a guard approached her alleging she did not obtain a ticket, before taking her ID card, and writing her a ticket.
â€śI told him I bought a ticket right after I entered the railway station, I even showed him the ticket,â€ť she said, â€śI also asked him to check the surveillance cameras, but he refused.â€ť
â€śI tried to walk towards the person in charge to file a complaint, but eight guards started beating me, and one held me in a choke hold,â€ť Natalie stated, â€śA Policewoman came over, and tried to take my bag to withhold my ID; I refused.â€ť
The young woman then called a family member, before her brothers and mother arrived, and the Police attacked and beat them too, and proceeded to handcuff and blindfold Natalie, in addition to shackling her feet.
â€śThey arrested me, and took me to the al-Maskobiyya police station; there, I was beaten and insulted; they even threatened me with a pistol,â€ť she added, â€śThe interrogator then arrived, and accused me of failing to buy a ticket, attacking the guards and the police.â€ť
Natalie denied the Israeli allegations, and demanded the interrogator to inspect the surveillance tape; she was released following three hours of interrogation, and received a 200 New Israeli Shekels fine.
Last week, a young Palestinian man identified as Hatem Salah was shot, and injured, by the light-rail guards who alleged he â€śattempted to stab an Israeli pedestrian,â€ť but the police later said the man did not carry any sharp object, and refuted the guardsâ€™ claim.