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Israel denies Palestinian forced to drink wine at checkpoint
Published Thursday 13/06/2013 (updated) 14/06/2013 22:49
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli army on Thursday denied allegations by a Palestinian activist that intelligence officers forced a man to drink wine at a checkpoint near Hebron.

"After reviewing the incident, all indications show that the described event did not occur," the army said in an emailed statement.

"Yesterday, a Palestinian who was apparently inebriated approached an army post near Beit Ummar. Using minimal, non-aggressive measures, IDF forces moved him away from the spot," the statement said.

The army was disputing charges by a spokesman of the Beit Ummar committee against Israel's wall and settlements, who said intelligence officers forced a Palestinian man to drink wine at gunpoint late Tuesday.

Muhammad Ayyad Awad said a military patrol stopped Muhammad Khalil Abu Dayyah, 24, from the Safa neighborhood near Beit Ummar and forced him into a military tower at the entrance to Beit Ummar.

He said Abu Dayyah was being asked to give names of young men who participate in clashes against Israeli forces in the Hebron-district town. When he refused, Awad said, an intelligence officer pointed a rifle at the back of his head and ordered him to drink a bottle of wine.

Awad added that after Abu Dayyah drank the bottle, he passed out for an hour. He was awoken by Israeli soldiers who then threw him out of the military installation, he said.

Locals who witnessed Abu Dayyah being taken away by Israeli forces took him home after the incident, and they confirmed that he appeared under the influence and smelling of alcohol.

The consumption of alcohol is prohibited in Islam.
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
13/06/2013 21:22
Too bad the IDF has zero credibility. We'll never know what happened.

2 ) Palestinian Brit / Palestine
13/06/2013 22:37
"Using minimal non aggressive measures......? " that must be a lie to start with...,

3 ) JoeFattal / USA
14/06/2013 00:52
Come to New York city and find out how many Jews eat pork.

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
14/06/2013 10:53
Too bad we can't copy Colin Wright's model for America - a successful country built on illegal settlement, occupation, slavery and genocide. However, because America today is a country that defeated the natives and after 300 years gave them citizenship and a passport, that makes settlement and occupation kosher - for Colin Wright. Ditto for all those commenters from Australia, which is just another successful occupation/settlement model.

5 ) Lauren / USA
14/06/2013 22:22
"The IDF made me do it" is the "palestinian" version of "The dog ate my homework". I'm pretty sure that this lush got drunk all by himself. He knows that islam prohibits the consumption of alcohol, so he's trying to pass the buck in order to save his own a**

6 ) Tim Upham / United States
14/06/2013 23:40
This is ludacris, that a Palestinian was forced to drink wine. No Muslim has to be forced to drink an alcoholic beverage. When Yemen was a part of the Ottoman Empire, Jews were terrorized by Turkish soldiers, who wanted wine off of them. I have known my share of Muslims, who love their after dinner scotch.
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