Arab man who sealed daughter in a bucket indicted

Abu Gosh man charged with child abuse for potentially lethal abuse; lawyer: 'no act of violence here.'

Tova Dvorin ,

Buckets (illustration)
Buckets (illustration)

The Jerusalem District Attorney filed an indictment to the Magistrate's Court Tuesday morning against a parent from Abu Ghosh, who was filmed sealing his wailing infant daughter into a bucket. 

The abusive father, an Arab citizen of Israel who hails from a well-known family in Abu Gosh, was accused of assaulting a minor. 

According to the indictment, the suspect's 5-year-old son complained Sunday that his father loves his daughter more than he loves him, and asked his father to prove him wrong. In response, the father told his son he would package up the little girl and make meat out of her. 

The defendant asked his wife to film his actions, which she did on her mobile phone. In the video, he can be heard telling his daughter that he's "taking her to the butcher shop because he gave up on her," before violently locking her in the bucket and carrying it around; she can be heard screaming throughout the clip.

The father's lawyer, Ali Faris Mustafa, denied that the incident was abuse. 

"This game is far from being child abuse," he stated to Walla! News Tuesday, adding that "there is no act of violence" shown in the film. 

He further argued that the entire incident lasted "two to five seconds."