A border policeman arrested on suspicion of using live ammunition instead of rubber bullets during a riot, resulting in the death of a Palestinian teenager, had his detention extended on Monday as the investigation into the shooting continues.
The policeman will remain under arrest until Wednesday.
During the court proceedings friends of the accused officer gathered outside the court house, sang supportive songs and called out to him with declaration that he was a “hero.”
The policeman was arrested last week for the fatal shooting of the Palestinian teenager on May 15 during Nakba Day disturbances.
Channel 2 reported that he is also suspected of killing a second Palestinian teenager who died that day.
An autopsy performed by Palestinian and Israeli pathologists in June found that one of the teens, Nadeem Siam Nawara, 17, was shot and killed in May’s Nakba Day rally in Beitunia near Ramallah by live fire, most likely by the IDF.
The IDF, which maintained that only nonlethal dispersal methods were used by troops against the demonstration, declined to comment on the findings at the time.
A video released following the incident appeared to show the two teens shot while walking in an area away from the demonstration. A senior Defense Ministry official had told The Times of Israel the video was likely doctored.
The incident was made the subject of an IDF investigation after the footage emerged apparently showing the teens being shot without provocation.
Israeli military officials said they had been investigating the incident since May 16, and had also opened a military police investigation. Preliminary findings indicated no live fire had been used by IDF troops who were present during the incident, they said.
The paramilitary border police are under the auspices of the Israeli police and are not a regular IDF unit.
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.