Video: Israeli soldiers detain, terrify young Palestinian boys in Hebron

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It’s hard to know what to make of this. Nerve-grinding hard. The accompanying text of the International Solidarity Movement video says:

Published on Oct 30, 2013

Israeli soldiers hid in an alleyway outside a school and fired stun grenades directly at school children, before grabbing two young boys and marching them towards a nearby police station.

That’s all I know about his video other than its title, Two young children detained in Hebron. The sound of a weeping moaning child.

The international repeatedly says “He’s eleven years old, he’s too young to be arrested…. He’s under 12 years old, he’s too young to be arrested. ”

One boy calls out to the international giving his name. The book bag of the other child hanging low down his back. The soldiers’ tight grips and brisk pace. The boy’s moans become more desperate.

At 1:46 in the video one of the soldiers turns his head and looks into the camera. His lips part, a sly grin washes over his face. The soldier is barely out of boyhood too. I think about him. And about sadism.

I wonder if the children are back home tonight. I wonder if they were coerced into signing something. I wonder if they were taunted, tortured or sexually humiliated like so many Palestinian children in the past over these long decades of military occupation. Or are the children still in a cell? Dragged out for questioning when the shifts change.

When the soldiers sleep, is their conscience haunted? Does one think about the control and domination of young boys.

The blue door slams, it’s the same shade of blue as Israel’s flag. I don’t wear that color anymore.

As a child’s mother frets, excruciatingly so. A father once again powerless, in humiliation. A brother or sister vows revenge, the cycle continues. Break the silence, break the chain, end the occupation. Resistance is alive and thrives in Palestine.

(Hat tip Refaat Alareer)

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12 Responses

  1. Bumblebye
    November 5, 2013, 9:55 am

    In the Hebron context, these ‘soldiers’ are nothing but mob enforcers.
    Sheer evil.
    Terrorizing children.

  2. EUR1069
    November 5, 2013, 10:03 am

    Quite unnerving. But this is even more disgusting:

  3. NickJOCW
    November 5, 2013, 10:30 am

    Annie, This is a story with potent humanitarian appeal. If the International Solidarity Movement or anyone else has more information on the location, date and identities of any concerned, can the video and details not be forwarded to UNICEF in Geneva and their response made public whatever it is? Even if they can’t do anything because Israel doesn’t deal with them, that itself is worth inches. Unfortunate to have to look at it that way but this has much more potential to ignite a viral response than the mistreatment of more adult victims.

  4. Shuki
    November 5, 2013, 10:48 am

    Curiously, we are again only provided part of the event. No footage of what the kids were doing before the soldiers took them. I suppose if they were throwing rocks or otherwise trying to incite or harm the soldiers, they should be left alone? The kids weren’t handcuffed and in all likelihood, were simply questioned and released to their parents (who probably encouraged them to engage in their mischief)… Don’t hold your breath waiting for anyone from ISM to tell us the full story.

    • Annie Robbins
      November 5, 2013, 12:20 pm

      why do you find that curious shuki? you don’t think the 4 largest military power in the world has the ability to video the boys committing a crime?

      i thought you might like this video here http://mondoweiss.net/2013/05/settlers-encroachment-villages.html

      This video shows Israeli soldiers beating Muhammad Dar Sa’ad on April 26th. As the camera zooms in (at 1:36 and 5:14) it becomes clear that Dar Sa’ad is a youth. The Israeli military forces are shown kicking and punching him prior to his detainment and arrest.


      the youth spent a month in jail before he was released, because the leaked video supported the youths statement that he had done nothing wrong. of course this is very rare. it’s very rare in the occupation military ‘justice’ for the accused to go free, there’s something like a 94% conviction rate, or more i can’t recall. they pick up children all the time as a means to threaten the families. this is documented over and over.

      and certainly you’ve heard of administrative detention. occupation soldiers need no crime, proof of crime or even suspicion of crime to abduct people including children. if they did, they wouldn’t need administrative detention. they’ve been doing this to adults for years and children too.

      plus, there is the added feature that the young soldiers learn how to subjugate the other. a few years of that kind of power over the lives of children and adults alike, i suppose they grow a taste for it. to find out more i recommend http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadism it leads to a racist separate society which is what you need if you want to raise a citizenry that will take over and colonize the host. iow, it’s for the benefit of the soldier as much as the children.

      breaking the silence interviewed soldiers who talked about these unnecessary raids on houses, abducting the children.

      i hope that clears up your curiosity shuki.

    • amigo
      November 5, 2013, 12:37 pm

      “Curiously, we are again only provided part of the event.”shuki

      Reminiscent of the Mavi Mara tapes Israel confiscated and edited.

      Sadly for your idf thugs one got away and it showed the whole story.

      Do you derive some form of masochistic pleasure making a fool of yourself on MW.

    • joemowrey
      November 5, 2013, 1:06 pm

      Shuki,
      Regardless of what the kids were doing, children should never be treated in this way, EVER. This is the work of thugs with a gang mentality, not soldiers doing police work. If you saw a video of Palestinian policemen treating Jewish children in this manner I wonder if you would ask, “…what the kids were doing” before they were taken. Why do I think not?

  5. Mike_Konrad
    November 5, 2013, 10:50 am

    What is the context?

    While it is possible that the Israelis are doing random arrests – those have been reported – I doubt this is the case.

    Are these boys accused of throwing rocks?

    Again, I am not saying the method of arrest is nice; but there is NO context to this story.

    The Israelis can be purposefully heavy-handed; but were the kids innocent?

    BTW: twelve year old kids are arrested all the time over the world.

    • Annie Robbins
      November 5, 2013, 12:25 pm

      What is the context?

      the context is a military occupation over millions of people, heavily monitored, hundreds of checkpoints, for decades in which the occupiers are stealing the land and abducting the children of those who arrest sometimes torturing them and holding them for months.

  6. EUR1069
    November 5, 2013, 12:15 pm

    Another 5-year old mortal enemy is detained. Hooray for IDF!

  7. DICKERSON3870
    November 5, 2013, 5:36 pm

    RE: “I wonder if the children are back home tonight. I wonder if they were coerced into signing something. I wonder if they were taunted, tortured or sexually humiliated like so many Palestinian children in the past over these long decades of military occupation. Or are the children still in a cell?” ~ Robbins

    MY COMMENT: So you’re wondering, wondering, wondering what the situation is. That’s the way the Israeli’s want it.
    The idea behind “maintained uncertainty”* is to keep ’em guessing! That induces in the Palestinians a sense of “permanent temporariness”.
    It is also an excellent way for Israel to imbue Palestinians with a sense of “learned helplessness”.**

    * FROM ALISTAIR CROOKE, London Review of Books, 03/03/11:

    [EXCERPTS] . . . It was [Ariel] Sharon who pioneered the philosophy of ‘maintained uncertainty’ that repeatedly extended and then limited the space in which Palestinians could operate by means of an unpredictable combination of changing and selectively enforced regulations, and the dissection of space by settlements, roads Palestinians were not allowed to use and continually shifting borders. All of this was intended to induce in the Palestinians a sense of permanent temporariness. . .
    . . . It suits Israel to have a ‘state’ without borders so that it can keep negotiating about borders, and count on the resulting uncertainty to maintain acquiescence. . .

    SOURCE – http://www.lrb.co.uk/v33/n05/alastair-crooke/permanent-temporariness

    ** FROM WIKIPEDIA [Learned helplessness]:

    [EXCERPT] Learned helplessness is the condition of a human or animal that has learned to behave helplessly, failing to respond even though there are opportunities for it to help itself by avoiding unpleasant circumstances or by gaining positive rewards. Learned helplessness theory is the view that clinical depression and related mental illnesses may result from a perceived absence of control over the outcome of a situation.[1] Organisms which have been ineffective and less sensitive in determining the consequences of their behavior are defined as having acquired learned helplessness.[2]
    The American psychologist Martin Seligman’s foundational experiments and theory of learned helplessness began at the University of Pennsylvania in 1967, as an extension of his interest in depression. Quite by accident, Seligman and colleagues discovered that the conditioning of dogs led to outcomes that opposed the predictions of B.F. Skinner’s behaviorism, then a leading psychological theory.[3][4]

    Experiment
    Summary
    In the learned helplessness experiment an animal is repeatedly hurt by an adverse stimulus which it cannot escape.
    Eventually the animal will stop trying to avoid the pain and behave as if it is utterly helpless to change the situation.
    Finally, when opportunities to escape are presented, this learned helplessness prevents any action. The only coping mechanism the animal uses is to be stoical and put up with the discomfort, not expending energy getting worked up about the adverse stimulus. . .

    SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_helplessness

  8. iResistDe4iAm
    November 6, 2013, 7:53 am

    The Highest Conviction Rates in the World = Israeli Apartheid

    In 2010, the conviction rate for Palestinian suspects in Israeli military courts was an unprecedented 99.74%
    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/nearly-100-of-all-military-court-cases-in-west-bank-end-in-conviction-haaretz-learns-1.398369

    But the conviction rate for Palestinian CHILDREN in Israeli military courts was even higher at 99.88% (2005-2010)
    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israel-convicts-most-stone-throwing-palestinian-children-right-group-says-1.373807

    However, the effective imprisonment rate for Palestinians is greater than 100% because when Israel cannot produce “evidence” to convict, it simply imprisons Palestinians WITHOUT charge or trial.
    To add injustice to injustice, 98.77% of requests for administrative detention were approved in 2010 (see first link above).

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