Justice Ministry: No basis to prosecute officers involved in Umm al-Hiran incident

The Israeli Justice Ministry’s Police Internal Investigations Department has finished investigating the Umm al-Hiran incident from January. The department determined that there were no findings that justify prosecuting the police officers.
Erez Levi (R) and al-Qia’an (L) Photo Credit: Reuters/Courtesy of the family/Channel 2 News

The Israeli Justice Ministry’s Police Internal Investigations Department presented its conclusions after reviewing the January incident in Umm al-Hiran. According to the department, there were no findings that justify putting the police officers who shot and killed Yacoub Abu al-Qia’an on trial.

At the moment, State Attorney Shai Nitzan and Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit have not yet submitted their recommendations regarding the incident.

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The incident occurred while police forces were demolishing illegally built structures in the unrecognized Bedouin village. Initially, it was believed that al-Qia’an carried out a car-ramming attack, running over and murdering a police officer name Erez Levi, and therefore the officers shot and eliminated him at the scene. However, it was quickly realized that there were different scenarios that needed to be considered.



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