Watch: New video of alleged Palestinian teen stabber makes waves

2015-11-11 08:11
Ahmed Manasra (C), a 13-year old Palestinian accused of taking part in the stabbing of two Israelis earlier this month, is escorted by Israeli security during a hearing at a Jerusalem court. (Ahmad Gharabli, AFP)

Ahmed Manasra (C), a 13-year old Palestinian accused of taking part in the stabbing of two Israelis earlier this month, is escorted by Israeli security during a hearing at a Jerusalem court. (Ahmad Gharabli, AFP)

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Jerusalem - A leaked video purportedly showing Israeli investigators interrogating a Palestinian teen who went on trial Tuesday for the attempted murder of two Israelis was making waves.

Ahmed Manasra, 13, and his 15-year-old cousin, Hassan, are said to have stabbed and seriously wounded the two in east Jerusalem last month.

Ahmed was hit by a car as they fled, and Hassan was shot dead by Israeli security forces when he allegedly threatened them with a knife.

One of the Israeli victims, a 13-year-old who was riding his bicycle in the settlement of Pisgat Zeev, was critically wounded but is recovering.

Ahmed has pleaded not guilty, saying he had intended to frighten the Israelis but not kill them.

On Monday evening a video appeared on Palestinian websites showing what appeared to be him being questioned by Israeli security officers.

"I don't know; I don't remember"

The edited seven-minute clip showed the Arabic-speaking men questioning a young suspect and forcing him to watch CCTV footage of the October 12 attack.

The security camera footage, released by Israeli authorities in the wake of the attack, purported to show the cousins - knives in hand - following the Israeli victims.

It also showed Ahmed in the aftermath of the incident lying bleeding on the ground while Israeli onlookers shout abuse.

It sparked a propaganda skirmish, with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas claiming he had been "executed" while Israel scrambled to release video of him sitting up and eating in a Jerusalem hospital bed.

The new leaked clip shows Ahmed in tears as his interrogator shouts and shakes his fist at him.

"Look you liar, it's you," the man says.

"I don't know; I don't remember," the visibly distressed boy says. "Everything you say must be true."

It is not known who released the video, accessible only to those involved in the investigation and to lawyers.

It got hundreds of thousands of online views and has caused agitation among Palestinians who accused the interrogators of excessive force.

Police spokesperson Luba Samri denied the allegations, saying the questioning was carried out "in a professional manner".

"We are talking here of a terrorist accused of trying to kill innocent people," she told AFP.

One of Ahmed's lawyers, Palestinian Tariq Barghout, said the clip was a "compilation" of moments from the full 4.5-hour interrogation, which he said he had viewed.

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