Border Police to Probe Hevron 'Kicking Incident'

An official investigation into a video depicting a border police officer kicking a 9 year old boy in Hevron is now underway.

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Border Police guard new Jewish home in Hevron
Border Police guard new Jewish home in Hevron

Border Police officials on Monday ordered an investigation into one of its officers after video footage surfaced showing him delivering a kick to an Arab boy, aged 9.

The video, taken on June 29, shows one Border Policeman apprehending the boy, named as Abd al-Rahman Burkan, near the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

Burkan is shown lying down on the ground when he is caught. A second policeman is then seen approaching the child and kicking him. Burkan was then released and he is shown running away.

He was suspected of throwing stones at police in Hevron. Such incidents have sharply risen in recent weeks, according to border police officials.

"We will file a complaint against the officers with the Police Investigations Department," the B'Tselem human rights organization said in a statement. A B'Tselem volunteer reportedly shot the video.

Critics of the organization allege that its cameramen get into position and start filming after children throw rocks at police, thereby omitting critical context needed for evaluating for such incidents.

The Border Police denounced the conduct of officers that violate the organization's values on Monday without direct reference to the June 29 incident.

"The commander of the Border Police, [Yoram Halevi,] ordered the formation of an investigation team to examine the incident immediately. The conclusions of the investigation will be released in the next few days," the statement said.