Video: Israeli occupying forces arrest mother and her 18-month-old child near Hebron

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This video has become viral in the hours since it was posted yesterday by a Taayush activist named Guy.

Reema and her 18 months old baby girl, Quamar were arrested earlier today at Umm Al Arayes, South Hebron hills, upon Reema’s arrival to cultivate her family’s land. As of now, Mother and daughter are still held at the Hebron Police Station and apparently, the station’s policemen insists on them having to spend the night in custody.

Mairav Zonszein has a report on the case up at +972 saying that 10 Palestinians and 5 Israelis were arrested when a group sought to approach Palestinian lands near the illegal Israeli settlement of Mitzpeh Yair.

And this is from Taayush

This morning, the Israeli army violently arrested 5 Israeli activists and Palestinians in their privately owned lands the area of Qawais in South Hebron Hills. The arrests were carried out in order to prevent the Palestinian farmers from working thier lands. Three of the women detainees are minors, among them a 2 year old. Three Palestinians who were arrested in South Hebron hills yesterday, among them a mother to a baby and an elderly man, are still under arrest. Due to the mass arrests, we were unable to accompany additional farmers who need our help to plow their lands. We need your help in accompany them tomorrow (Sunday). Besides being critical to the farmers livelihood, every season the lands are not plowed increases the chance of their being taken over by the occupation forces or settlers.

The great Ezra Nawi can be seen holding another Palestinian child in the video. And let us be clear about the meaning of this video: these lands are part of Area C in the West Bank and are coveted by Israelis as “Jewish” lands, but they want as few Palestinians on them as possible. Thus the video reflects policies of quiet ethnic cleansing and intended annexation.

Thanks to Allison Deger and Alex Kane for their reporting.

8 Responses

  1. Citizen
    January 20, 2013, 12:56 pm

    Mmm, will Obama ask about this when he has his next periodic moral philosophy ponder with Elie Wiesel? Think they ever discussed the illegal settlements? Obama was saved by his white side of the family, and Wiesel, by a non-Jewish former nanny, but neither has ever revealed any real appreciation. Rather those who helped them the most when they were most vulnerable are slighted, while the two of them beat the minority band drum for all its worth while simultaneously, hurling out universal humanism rhetoric.

    • aiman
      January 21, 2013, 6:38 am

      Recently I have not heard any Brand Obama customer ‘droning’ about how ‘universal humanistic’ their guru is. He has been reduced to the “lesser of the evils”. Perhaps further discounts will apply? Has the Brand lost the charm? I don’t think this tragedy will figure in his or any other statesman’s periodic ponders — if they even do ponder, which I reckon is not the case. If they did, they would be held unsuitable for public office.

  2. eljay
    January 20, 2013, 3:43 pm

    >> … these lands are part of Area C in the West Bank and are coveted by Israelis as “Jewish” lands, but they want as few Palestinians on them as possible.

    To paraphrase y.f. in this post, the term “coveted” should not be misused to describe the intentions of Israelis. It does not enhance understanding of their stance.

  3. Kathleen
    January 20, 2013, 10:28 pm

    These are Palestinian’s land not “Area C” Enough of repeating what Israel decides to rename Palestinian lands. just one more horrific video showing what the violent and inhumane Israeli police and soldiers do to Palestinians trying to reclaim their own lands. Israel is an apartheid state and the world is starting to see. Israel continues to cultivate more hatred towards Israel.

    Hopefully more people show to help them cultivate their lands

    • mondonut
      January 20, 2013, 11:17 pm

      Kathleen says: These are Palestinian’s land not “Area C” Enough of repeating what Israel decides to rename Palestinian lands.
      =======================================
      The Israelis did not decide to rename anything, the Palestinians agreed to the naming convention in the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

      link to en.wikipedia.org

      • Sumud
        January 21, 2013, 7:27 am

        Oslo is dead, and the sooner the carcass (the PA) is buried, the better.

        Israel and Israelis needs to feel again the full burden of administering their occupation.

  4. Kathleen
    January 20, 2013, 10:44 pm

    Listening to children scream is just so deeply disturbing

  5. Accentitude
    January 21, 2013, 3:57 am

    This is what happens when the cameras are around. Now just try to imagine what happens when the cameras are not around.

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