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Israeli police cover up autistic man’s killing: Mother

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JERUSALEM

The mother of an autistic Palestinian youth on Saturday accused Israeli police of covering up her son’s killing.

Iyad el-Hallak, 32, was shot dead by Israeli police in Jerusalem on May 30 after they “suspected he had a gun.” Police later found that the Palestinian youth was unarmed.

“No progress has been made in investigations regarding my son’s killing,” Rana el-Hallak told Yedioth Aharonoth newspaper.

“We will not remain silent despite attempts by police and the government to cover up [the killing],” she said.

The Palestinian mother called for bringing policemen who shot her son to accountability.

“Their place should be in prison for life,” she said, going on to criticize Israeli measures to suppress protests demanding justice from el-Hallak’s killers.

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