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Israeli soldiers claim 3-year old in Hebron was ‘camouflage’ for ‘agents of terrorist activities’

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Palestinian journalist Raed Abu Rumaila recorded an apparent instance of Israeli soldiers harassing a 3-year old in Hebron’s Old City on Tuesday, posting the clip and photos of the incident to social media. The boy is seen being held by soldiers for under a minute, yet the incident continue to gain steam as Israeli police today accused the small child of acting as “the camouflage” to “agents for terrorist activities.”

Above the video, Abu Rumaila wrote, “A soldier carrying a vegetable corer and claiming that the child was trying to stab him.” The footage is shaky and looks like it was recorded on a cell phone. In frame are two soldiers, one holding the metal corer and another holding the unidentified boy by the arm.

A voice shouts in Hebrew “He doesn’t understand,” referring to the child. A soldier says “one second, one second,” another yells, “I don’t care, step back.”When the boy’s father approaches with another child, the soldier pulls back, but his clutch is quickly released. The father is heard shouting back in Hebrew, “Give me the boy, leave the boy alone!”

In the last frame the three year old is crouching behind his father.

In a separate post of photographs of the same encounter, Abu Rumaila wrote the incident took place “near the Ibrahimi Mosque,” a religious site in the West Bank’s largest city, Hebron, that is divided between Israeli and Palestinian use and is often a flashpoint for violence. 

Under Israeli military codes which govern Palestinians in the West Bank, the age of criminal liability is 12. It is 14 for Israeli citizens.

Update, March 29, 2018, 11 a.m:

After the video was circulated on social media, Israeli police claimed the Abu Rumaila’s footage was doctored and accused the child of staging a “provocation.”

“[T]he situation and was intended to paint the security forces in a bad light. The video is cut and edited. This was a young boy who was sent to throw stones at Border Police officers and with a screwdriver in his hand for ‘a stabbing attempt,’ and with his relatives watching him from a distance,” the police spokesman said in a statement.

“This is another example of the use of small children as camouflage as agents for terrorist activities, including children who were dressed up with explosive belts. Therefore, the soldiers must be extra cautious, even when it involves a small child. The boy held a screwdriver in his hand so the soldiers held the child and waited for his father to arrive to clarify the matter and release him at the scene within a short time,” the statement continued.

Israeli police also gave media different footage of the incident showing the moments before the soldiers grabbed the child by his hand. The child is seen running towards the soldiers, and then away. It was recorded from a further distance and it is unclear if the boy has any object in his hand.

H/T to Ofer Neiman who also contributed translations to this post. 

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7 Responses

  1. Qualtrough
    March 29, 2018, 2:05 am

    Brave, brave soldiers!

  2. Ossinev
    March 29, 2018, 7:50 am

    Having seen the video it looks to me as if the soldiers are first approached by the adult male presumably the father who trys to get the child back and after he is pushed away an eight/nine year old presumably the brother rushes in and pulls child away. The 3 year old must have been terrified throughout all of this and if he had slapped one of the two soldiers well Shaked and Co would have been calling for a life sentence.

    These little cameos sum up the occupation nicely. The IDF soldiers just look like nasty Fascist goons.

    Mummy”What did you do at work today son?”
    Son “Well I detained an existentially threatening 3 yr old”
    Mummy” Well done son we are all so proud of you ”

    It can be described as laughable if it wasn`t so serious for the Palestinians

    • RoHa
      March 29, 2018, 9:59 pm

      “an existentially threatening 3 yr old”

      A three-year old can understand Heidegger and Sartre?

  3. Albert Westpy
    March 29, 2018, 10:12 am

    Happy Holy Days !

    I don’t understand why the IDF soldiers didn’t just shoot the three year old baby in the back 25 or 30 times the way police here in the United States do to unarmed African-Americans.

  4. genesto
    March 29, 2018, 12:05 pm

    Keep taking these pictures and exposing the ugly face of Zionism to the world. This is a powerful way to break down and defeat the criminal Israeli regime and its lackeys here in the US.

  5. Paranam Kid
    March 30, 2018, 6:35 am

    The “world’s most moral army”: the cowardly rats sadistically enjoy attacking defenceless citizens – children, women, young girls, the elderly – but don’t have the b*lls to take on a real opponent. The last time it tried, Lebanon 2006, it got a whipping from Hezbollah, even after receiving extra hardware from its lapdog, the Empire-in-decline. The IOF ended up begging Hezbollah for a ceasefire.

    And when it thought it could keep violating Syrian airspace with impunity it got an F16 shot down over Israel proper.

    The IOF, such heroes.

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