Amona Documentary Film Claims Gov't Ordered Police Violence
On Feb. 1, 2006, the Israel Police were ordered to demolish nine Jewish homes in Amona, near Ofrah, 12 miles north of Jerusalem. In the video documentary below, police were filmed using excessive force against hundreds of youthful protestors, over 200 of whom were injured and taken to hospitals for treatment.
Warning: graphic footage. Not recommended for children
The Knesset, Israel's parliament, is conducting a committee of inquiry into the police violence at Amona.
Former advisor to Minister of Police Col. (res.) Moshe Givati notes that the government "deliberately didn't bring policewomen. The policemen themselves had to evacuate the girls in a brutal way. During the confrontation, policemen put their hands into the skirts of the girls and held them in their very private places and told them, 'You whore. We are going to rape you because you don't want to evacuate this house.'"
Knesset Member Aryeh Eldad, former head of IDF military Corps, had his arm broken by police in Amona. Regarding the police, he said, "They were there in order to beat skulls and cut faces… to insult, to speak in language that I don't want to use - against young religious girls. They beat members of Knesset."
Peace Now leader and Labor MK Dr. Yuli Tamir told the Israeli NFC news service that she wanted an official inquiry as to why there were hardly any casualties during the two month demolition process of the Katif settlements, and asked why there were so many casualties in one day of demolition in Amona.
Arab Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi, former advisor to Yassir Arafat, demanded an inquiry into why and how police horses trampled members of the Knesset.
The brief documentary film above was produced by Tzvi Fishman, who authors a popular blog on this site.