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Deputy Health Minister accuses police of brutality against autistic haredi teen

The incident occurred in the Makor Baruch neighborhood of Jerusalem Wednesday evening when haredi [ultra-orthodox Jews] demonstrators clashed with police during the dismantling of an unauthorized bonfire celebrating the Lag Ba’Omer holiday.

In a video of the incident, the teen can be heard crying “Mommy, I want to go home” and “Help, save me,” as he is hit by officers.

Litzman expressed concern over the boy’s health and medical condition, offering his support to the family.

“I informed the police that the footage of the incident proves beyond any doubt that this is an unnecessary attack which constitutes abuse of a helpless person. This is a serious case that cannot be ignored,” the deputy health minister said to the teen’s parents.

“During his arrest, the suspect resisted and was wounded in the face. Immediately after his arrest, and upon noticing his disability, the police officer who was present in the area decided to release him immediately and was he treated at the scene by Magen David Adom. At the same time, the circumstances of the incident are being thoroughly investigated,” the police said.