Palestinian police chief Hebron, Colonel Ahmed Abu al-Rub, was suspended from office after being documented to have changed the tire of a vehicle of the Israeli Defense Forces.
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The image, which circulates on social media networks, raises reproaches in the Palestinian Authority and hinders superior police rankings. The Chief of the Palestinian Police, General Hazem Atallah, decided to suspend the officer and open an investigation into the incident.
According to initial police information, the incident took place Sunday near Susya Susya village. The Israeli soldiers patroled there when their vehicle was blocked by a flat tire. The soldiers were asking for help, and al-Rub gave him gear. When soldiers failed to change the tire, he did it alone.
The al-Rub document that helps soldiers, which was taken by the Palestinians on the site, was leaked online and became viral in a few hours. The Palestinians who commented on the photo hit the PA and its security officials.
PA, police spokesman Louay Zreikat issued a statement Thursday announcing the al-Rub suspension and that an investigative committee was set up to examine the incident.
"In our favor, some use this photo to attack the Palestinian police and deliberately instigate against its officers, despite the fact that they are making efforts to give the Palestinian people a sense of security," Zreikat said.
Despite his statement, many Palestinians reiterated the appeal to the social media to trigger al-Rub and used the image to criticize the coordination of security between Israel and the Palestinians.