Police officer kicks 9-year-old boy, and Israeli commenters cheer him on

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There is a viral video from B’Tselem of an Israeli border policeman kicking a Palestinian boy in Hebron (about 1:20 in in the video). It was aired by Israeli Channel 2. In the ensuing conversation at Facebook, Hadass Hacohen, who I am told is an Israeli English teacher, offers this colloquial comment in Hebrew (thanks to Ofer for translation):
“That all, just a kick? This cannot be compared to what happened in 1933!! The Germans (may they be cursed) did this for no wrong on our part, just out of hatred and jealousy of Jews!!! If we were a smart enough country, we would already kick all those scumbags/terrorists far far away from here!!!!”

Ali Abunimah has been on the story, picking up similar comments:

Eden Oreus (Gedera Regional High School): “Channel 2, you are the garbage of the state, all respect to the Border Police officer and it’s a shame he didn’t put a bullet in the head of the son of a bitch videographerwho documented it.”

This posting from a high schooler was one of hundreds by Israeli Facebook users reacting with pride and joy, and incitement to violence and murder, on seeing a video of Israeli occupation soldiers in Hebron kicking a young Palestinian boy as he screams in pain.

The video, shot by a Palestinian videographer and released by B’Tselem, was widely reported in the Israeli media, and shows Israeli occupation soldiers in Hebron, occupied West Bank, violently assaulting a child whom B’Tselem identified as Abd al-Rahman Burqan, aged 9.

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