09.12.2011 13.Kislev. 5772
Complaints by settlers, Palestinians are handled with equal incompetence.
The police's Shai District, which is responsible for the West Bank, consistently fails to conduct even the most basic investigatory actions, such as taking fingerprints, checking alibis, questioning witnesses and conducting identification line-ups. As a result, case after case – against settlers and Palestinians alike – is either closed without going to trial or thrown out of court, Haaretz has found.
In March 2008, for instance, the security coordinator of the settlement of Maon complained to the police that a Palestinian whom he knew personally had punched him in the face. Shimon Abelman said his assailant was named "Nasser", but police arrested a man named Saliman al-Adra. Three and a half years later – last week, to be precise – al-Adra was acquitted after a judge discovered that police had never even attempted to make sure they had the right man: At no point was Abelman ever called in to identify the suspect as his assailant….