Jordanian embassy staff say attacked by Israeli police
Israel - Two Jordanian embassy employees claim that Israeli police officers attacked them in Tel Aviv Tuesday afternoon.
Police officials confirmed that Tel Aviv region detectives pulled over a suspicious vehicle, with two people inside who refused to identify themselves. Only later did police discover the two were embassy employees and released them.
Around 3:30 pm Tuesday, the detectives spotted a suspicious car with two men inside. When police asked the two to identify themselves, they refused. Only after an exchange lasting a few minutes, the suspects presented their diplomat IDs, which according to police did not match other ID.
Following a second check with the Foreign Ministry, it became clear that the two men are in fact Jordanian embassy employees.
According to Jordanian reports, the two men say they were assaulted by the detectives. Israel police officials are looking into their claims.
One of the men spoke to Jordanian media from hospital and said that the plain-clothed detectives attacked him and his friend while they were on their way home. The man said they were asked to show their passports, even though they carry Israeli IDs.
The man said that an Arabic translator accompanied the detectives and tried to act as a mediator in the incident. The embassy employee added that he and his friend are doing well, and that they both suffer mainly from bruising.