[Caution: Attached video portrays moderate violence by police.]

According to this tweet by the Quds News Network

Israeli police on Wednesday raided the anti-Zionist Jewish neighborhood in occupied #Jerusalem to take down Palestinian flags and brutally attacked anti-Zionist Jews, knocking them down on the road, hitting, and punching them in the face.

This video seems to show a police officer throwing an orthodox Jew to the ground, and slapping another Orthodox Jew that he pushes into a building. Was this assault done because the Orthodox Jews were anti-Zionist? Is there any evidence that Palestinian flags were removed (I don't see any flags in the video)?

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    This video shows Palestinian flags being confiscated by the police: twitter.com/i/status/1713382802476134876
    – Adam Smith
    Commented Nov 1, 2023 at 19:52
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    Not the same video but a similar tweet apparently debunked by Newsweek: newsweek.com/…
    – Brian Z
    Commented Nov 1, 2023 at 20:42
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    The watermark on the video comes from: twitter.com/BETZEDEC/status/1719701912398729542 An account dedicated to denounce police brutality according to its bio. The description of the video when automatically translated to English says: "Today, during a police raid to take down Palestinian flags in the anti-Zionist Jewish neighborhood, Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, The Israeli policemen were recorded attacking the residents and knocking them down on the road, hitting and punching them in the face." If the video can be geolocated to Mea Shearim, it is a known anti-zionist neighborhood.
    – Adam Smith
    Commented Nov 2, 2023 at 0:48
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    @Oddthinking That's simply not true. Respectfully. I've found multiple cases where the police attacked Orthodox Jews for (a) assembling to resist IDF drafts, (b) assembling to resist lockdown measures. If there is an anti-Zionist neighborhood, you can be skeptical of the claim that they were attacked because they were anti-Zionist if for example they're organizing for one of the causes above. However, if the police are principally engaged in removing Palestinian flags, it stands to reason that's why they were attacked. Does any of this sound unreasonable to you? Commented Nov 2, 2023 at 2:38
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    "That's simply not true." Do you mean my statement that a question about the motivation of the police is off-topic here is wrong? I can give you references to meta-questions on the topic if that is the case. As for your hypothetical: It is possible that someone would be attacked by another because of coronavirus protests. It may be material. It would also be off-topic here to ask what the motivations were.
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Nov 2, 2023 at 3:48

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The incident happened here: enter image description here You can check the location on Google Maps Street View: https://maps.app.goo.gl/KK2dqUg7cWi3GRxE8

On the Street View picture, you can see Palestine flags on the walls.
Mea Shearim is a known anti-zionist neighborhood:

In April, the police led workers to this neighborhood to remove a Palestinian flag from a wall:

It is reasonable to assume they occasionally raid the neighborhood to remove signs alluding to Palestine, as they have done recently:

The Neturei Karta group is present in Mea Shearim and has occasionally clashed with the police as the article above mentions for anti-zionist protests such as burning the Israeli flag.
Why the gentlemen was assaulted is impossible to tell, but the description of the video is accurate.


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