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At Youtube: “Israeli soldiers out of uniform violently detaining a Palestinian at Checkpoint 56, Tel Rumeida, Hebron”

Abir Kopty of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee states:

The video shows a group of soldiers out of uniform beating Abd-Elaziz Elfakhouri (20) who was protesting the detention of his colleague taken by the same group of soldiers, and dragged into a house.

The soldiers gathered around the man and started beating him. He was shortly pushed and shoved down the hill towards the same building where the soldiers were still holding Elfakhouri’s friend behind closed doors. Elfakhouri was dropped to the ground and dragged across the concrete. 

More soldiers came to the area and started shoving people away declaring it a Closed Military Zone, as one soldier out of uniform tried to steal several witnesses’ cameras and passports. In one case the soldier managed to take one passport and ran down the hill hiding amongst other soldiers. The soldiers kept the passport for 35 minutes and then handed it over to Israeli police officers while saying “Make sure to write down his name for the airport, so he can’t come back here.”

Elfakhouri and his friend were eventually put in military jeeps and taken to the military base even though police were present.

Issa Amr, coordinator of Youth Against Settlements says: “This is not the first case, in the last month we documented cases of soldiers out of uniform beating and detaining Palestinians. Whether uniformed or not, there is no accountability to the soldiers; when a soldier killed a woman and her daughter in Gaza in 2009, he was only sentenced for 45 days. Soldiers get the message that they have a free hand.”

The report at Youtube from Palreports Khalil states the following:

A Palestinian man was detained by soldiers at checkpoint 56 and dragged into a house were they closed the door. Another Palestinian, a teenager, protested against this just as a group of soldiers out of uniform came jogging by. They immediately went for the young Palestinian protesting the detainment and started wrestling him to the ground in an efford to detain him as well. As they were wrestling him one soldier kicked him while another hit him with his hand. The soldiers proceded to carry him down the hill towards the same building where they still kept the first detained Palestinian behind closed doors. As they went they dropped the young Palestinian man to the ground but just kept on dragging him across the concrete. More soldiers came to the area and started shoving people away declaring it a Closed Military Zone (CMZ), but refusing to show the papers they are required to have in order to create a CMZ. One soldier out of uniform tried to steal several witnesses camera and passport and succeded in one case, after which he ran down the hill hiding amongst the other soldiers. The soldiers kept the passport for 35 minutes at which point they handed it over to the police, saying “Make sure to write down his name for the airport, so he can’t come back here”, referring to the many solidarity activists who has been registrered and banned from entering Israel. The two Palestinian men were put into military jeeps and taken to the military base even though the police were present.

Annie Robbins

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  1. Woody Tanaka on August 16, 2012, 4:02 pm

    Typical. How much you want to bet that Fredo will be by soon to tell us how it was all justified, even the way the cockroach in the black sleeveless shirt kicked the helpless man?

    • DICKERSON3870 on August 17, 2012, 4:58 am

      RE: “Typical. How much you want to bet that Fredo will be by soon to tell us how it was all justified. . .” ~ Woody Tanaka

      ALSO SEE: “Firebomb injures 5 Palestinians; police say Jews behind attack”, by Itamar Fleishman, Ynet News, 8/16/12

      Vehicle travelling in West Bank catches fire after being hit by Molotov cocktail; parents, children, driver suffer moderate to serious wounds. Police: Jews behind attack

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4269580,00.html

      • DICKERSON3870 on August 17, 2012, 7:04 am

        P.S. AND SEE: “Fighting Settlers’ Impunity and Immunity”, by Pierre Klochendler, Inter Press Service, 12/16/11

        (excerpts) . . . Often, settler stone-throwers confronting soldiers and Palestinians face arrest and interrogation before they’re sent home with a reprimand, or to a forced ‘exile’ in Israel proper; Palestinian stone-throwers confronting Israeli settlers or soldiers face possible death, or imprisonment.
        Since the army is not responsible for enforcing the law on Israeli citizens – the police is, together with the General Security Services (or “Shin Beth”) – rioting by settlers has continued unabated. Netanyahu decided to give the army the power to arrest radical settlers.
        Moreover, Israel’s police in the West bank show signs of helplessness, even “negligence” and \”incompetence”. . .
        . . . The Israeli occupation, particularly the future of wildcat settlements built by settlers without formal government approval has been a simmering issue ever since their creation during the 1990s.
        In 2005, former head of the State Prosecution Criminal Department Talia Sasson published a landmark report on the question.
        Commissioned by then prime minister Ariel Sharon, the report found the Israeli government guilty of “institutional lawbreaking” and of the theft of private Palestinian land to covertly establish over a hundred “illegal outposts”.
        The damning irony is that the “outposts” were a 1997 initiative by none but Sharon himself, then foreign Minister under Netanyahu, who’d urged settlers to seize hilltops in order to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.
        The report recommended criminal investigation against those allegedly involved in the scheme, but it was shelved.
        Repeated injunctions have since pressed successive governments to address the issue. . .

        ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://original.antiwar.com/klochendler/2011/12/15/fighting-settlers-impunity-and-immunity/

      • DICKERSON3870 on August 17, 2012, 7:08 am

        P.P.S. RE: “. . . the report found the Israeli government guilty of ‘institutional lawbreaking’… The report recommended criminal investigation against those allegedly involved in the scheme, but it was shelved.” ~ Klochendler (in the above-excerpted article)

        LOUIS BRANDEIS ON THE ‘BLOWBACK’ RESULTING FROM “INSTITUTIONAL LAWBREAKING” BY GOVERNMENTS:
        Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis elaborated in Olmstead v. United States (1928):

        “In a government of law, the existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”

    • DICKERSON3870 on August 17, 2012, 6:59 am

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “The Rise of Settler Terrorism; The West Bank’s Other Violent Extremists”, by Daniel Byman and Natan Sachs, foreignaffairs.com, 8/14/12

      Late this past June, a group of Israeli settlers in the West Bank defaced and burned a mosque in the small West Bank village of Jabaa. Graffiti sprayed by the vandals warned of a “war” over the planned evacuation, ordered by the Israeli Supreme Court, of a handful of houses illegally built on private Palestinian land near the Israeli settlement of Beit El. The torching of the mosque was the fourth such attack in 18 months and part of a wider trend of routine violence committed by radical settlers against innocent Palestinians, Israeli security personnel, and mainstream settler leaders — all aimed at intimidating perceived enemies of the settlement project.

      This violence has not always plagued the settler community. Although many paint all Israeli settlers as extremists, conflating them with the often-justified criticism of Israeli government policy in the West Bank, the vast majority of them oppose attacks against Palestinian civilians or the Israeli state. In the past, Israeli authorities and the settler leadership often worked together to prevent such assaults and keep radicalism at bay. Yet in recent years, the settler movement has experienced a profound breakdown in discipline, with extremists now beyond the reach of either Israeli law enforcement or the discipline of settler leaders. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/137825/daniel-byman-and-natan-sachs/the-rise-of-settler-terrorism?page=show

  2. lysias on August 16, 2012, 4:36 pm

    OT, United Church of Canada reaffirms motion for boycott of goods made by settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. CANADIAN ZIONISTS OUTRAGED AT LATEST BDS VICTORY:

    Members of the United Church of Canada, the country’s largest Protestant denomination, voted on Wednesday to affirm a controversial motion supporting a boycott of goods produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

    The boycott has has outraged many Jewish groups, including the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, which expressed it’s anger by “the decision to single out Israeli communities for boycott.”

  3. Erasmus on August 16, 2012, 4:49 pm

    Compared to this the Wild West or the Stone Age has been a heaven of civility!

    But there will be a time of reckoning and accounting…….

  4. giladg on August 16, 2012, 4:55 pm

    The “youth” you are referring to in the video are soldiers on a fitness run or who were exercising, who got caught up in this altercation. Looked to me like reasonable force was used.

    • Woody Tanaka on August 16, 2012, 5:39 pm

      Bullshit. The vermin in the black sleeveless shirt kicks the fellow twice, it appears in the head. This is reasonable?

      • ColinWright on August 16, 2012, 11:12 pm

        To Woody Tanaka: ” …The vermin in the black sleeveless shirt kicks the fellow twice, it appears in the head. This is reasonable?”

        It’s reasonable to a Zionist.

      • Kathleen on August 16, 2012, 11:26 pm

        Gilag is an arrogant racist thug. No humanity left in him. Done deal. The same applies to these allegedly off duty soldiers. Drag that kid across the cement for questioning. I want to know what went on in that building.

        Art Gish talked about these type of incidents for decades. Settler spitting on Palestinian children etc. When you see it in a video clip sure hopes drive the brutal injustice home

    • justicewillprevail on August 16, 2012, 6:02 pm

      Wow, gilad, you are a lame and feeble excuser for thugs and fascists who have got the message: you can do what you like to palestinians, in fact we encourage it, and you will never be held to account. That is what passes for ‘reasonable force’ in your twisted world.

      • Mooser on August 17, 2012, 12:28 am

        justicewillprevail, try and be a little more generous toward the disabled. I mean, look, you’re dealing with somebody who doesn’t even know what a picture (let alone a video) is worth in comparison to his words.
        You know, it can’t be everybody gets their allotted “15 points IQ”

    • Empiricon on August 16, 2012, 8:08 pm

      Yeah, right gildag. Can’t determine much from the short clip but Elfakhouri is not seen doing anything to warrant what he receives– all the force comes from the brown-shirts, err I mean Israelis. I count 10 Israelis against one Palestinian. Says a lot about you that you view it as “reasonable”.

      It’s a great metaphor. Evidence suggests Zionists values their own lives lives at least 10x more worthy than Palestinians based on comparative prison sentences, number of civilians killed in conflict, etc. “An eye for an eye” is now 10 eyes for an eye. “Beacon of freedom” indeed.

      • Ranjit Suresh on August 16, 2012, 11:38 pm

        10x more worthy? Operation Cast Lead indicates it’s over 100x.

        Think about that. The U.S. Constitution originally had blacks at 3/5 of a white man. We’re talking here about 1 part of 100.

      • Empiricon on August 17, 2012, 12:28 pm

        I hear ya Ranjit, but I wanted the comparison to hold up over several categories, e.g. children killed by “terrorism” vs God’s chosen army. http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stats/children.html

        That’s why I did say “at least 10x”.

    • Shingo on August 16, 2012, 8:49 pm

      Looked to me like reasonable force was used.

      Looked to me like a lynching.

    • thankgodimatheist on August 17, 2012, 1:12 am

      Giladg in self destruction slow mo mode. Pure pleasure to watch..

    • lyn117 on August 17, 2012, 1:45 am

      The Israeli soldiers should stop pretending to be civilians or disguising themselves as civilians as they take militant actions.

    • talknic on August 17, 2012, 3:32 am

      giladg August 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      “….who got caught up in this altercation”

      You watching the same video?

      “Looked to me like reasonable force was used”

      I guess not..

  5. annie on August 16, 2012, 5:33 pm

    soldiers on a fitness run or who were exercising

    source?

    • OlegR on August 16, 2012, 8:04 pm

      Looked the same to me as well, typical attire, the t-shorts they are wearing .

      • annie on August 16, 2012, 11:12 pm

        iow, no source just a personal judgement call these guys were “exercising”.
        that’s some hella exercise if you ask me, but then..you didn’t.

      • OlegR on August 17, 2012, 10:07 am

        Don’t remember having beat up an arab in the daily exercise roster.
        Would love to hear the exchange of words prior to the beating up part though.

      • ColinWright on August 16, 2012, 11:13 pm

        Jus’ Zionist thugs out for the morning pogrom, right?

      • Merk on August 17, 2012, 12:47 am

        so this is what you consider a pogrom huh ColinWright?

  6. Xpat on August 16, 2012, 6:08 pm

    The “youths” are soldiers in T-shirts. They used the standard IDF tactic. 1) provoke a violent altercation; 2) isolate one protester; 3) abduct him.
    The goal, like all Israel’s state terrorism, is to make an example of one Palestinian in order to intimidate everybody else.

  7. dimadok on August 16, 2012, 8:13 pm

    Soldiers during their training run make an arrest. And Annie – your asking for “source” is very amusing. Thanks.
    BTW the caption of the video says” Israeli soldiers out of uniform…..”.

    Also @ Woody- next time you or anyone else make a comment about white Jews vs. brown Palestinians, just watch this video again and count how many brown, black and white soldiers were there.

    • annie on August 16, 2012, 11:13 pm

      during their training run

      source? none i presume. they had outfits on..therefore they are innocent!

      • ColinWright on August 16, 2012, 11:16 pm

        Any says: “…during their training run

        source?”

        I’m sure this is routine behavior. Finish up with a nice beating of a Palestinian and then go take a shower. A healthy, vigorous work-out for the members of the master race. Why do you want a source?

        …kicking people probably is good exercise. Seems like it would be. Wear proper equipment, of course (I’d recommend heavy boots). Perhaps Israeli physiologists could research this for us.

      • NickJOCW on August 17, 2012, 5:48 am

        Colin, Alas, it certainly has become routine; when either side is unable or unwilling to put itself in the position of the other, atrocity and violence becoming all but inevitable is a tenet of psychopathology.

      • ColinWright on August 17, 2012, 6:04 am

        Nick says: “Colin, Alas, it certainly has become routine; when either side is unable or unwilling to put itself in the position of the other, atrocity and violence becoming all but inevitable is a tenet of psychopathology.”

        Don’t try to give me that equivalency crap. The Zionists leave and this ends. Until then, it will go on — because this is what Zionism is.

      • NickJOCW on August 17, 2012, 7:32 am

        Colin, It’s not a question of equivalency, crap or otherwise, but if you insist on remaining ‘down there’ on one side or the other then you become one part of the problem. The Zionists leave and this ends… Fine, but how do you imagine that might come about?

        While it is obviously important to catalogue these horrors, I find myself wondering at the lack of anything that might lead to a realistic non-violent solution. In Jungian psychology an inherited pattern of thought derived from collective cultural experience becomes lodged in the unconscious. It seems to me that young Palestinians, even those who throw stones or resist the mistreatment of a friend, are more like the rest of us than these young thugs, and that their subconscious attitudes towards their oppressors are highly likely to be amenable to normalization were their circumstances to change. But I have no confidence that would be true of Zionists.

        While I see that BDS and the attendant awakening of the Western public may one day force Israel to retreat, I cannot imagine that resulting in anything like a non-violent future for either side. Obviously internal Israeli tolerance/encouragement has allowed this situation to become what it is and that tolerance itself operates under US protection, but even were one to find a way through the records of American Idol winners and Kim Kardashian’s tweets to reach some area where the US conscience might be aroused, how might that actually result in peace? You may consider such speculations fanciful but without a practical, even hypothetical, alternative the entire world faces a really serious problem. I would not call Israel a cancer but the situation in that neck of the woods in cancerous. Or do you think, like the Euro, it should be left to the chaos of improvised decisions?

      • ColinWright on August 17, 2012, 4:54 pm

        Nick says: “… I would not call Israel a cancer but the situation in that neck of the woods in cancerous…”

        I would call Israel a cancer — and I would say the situation in that neck of the woods is cancerous on account of that particular cancer.

        Not that all would be sweetness and light absent Israel — but I see no reason to think it would be worse than it is in any other part of the non-First World, like Latin America, say, or Southeast Asia.

      • NickJOCW on August 17, 2012, 6:57 pm

        Perhaps the whole thing will be subsumed within the fall of the barbaric monarchies in the KSA, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates, something that would surely resolve the Palestinian issue and that we just might see by this time next year.

      • dimadok on August 16, 2012, 11:20 pm

        That’s a typical fitness exercise I use to do- you put on civilian clothes, one person keeps his rifle for the security and the group goes for a run around its base in adjacent area. What “source” your re asking about?

      • Cliff on August 17, 2012, 1:25 am

        Hey Dim, did you ever beat up children for ‘fitness’?

      • dimadok on August 17, 2012, 8:11 am

        They are the same age both soldiers and the “child”. Some “child” I might say- isn’t same “children ” serve as US Marines?

      • Merk on August 17, 2012, 12:48 am

        yeah annie, the fact that they were all wearing the same emblem on their shirt means nothing, no reason to actually use deductive reasoning skills here huh?

      • talknic on August 17, 2012, 3:26 am

        Merk August 17, 2012 at 12:48 am

        “the fact that they were all wearing the same emblem on their shirt means nothing”

        Ziocaine makes you see so called ‘facts’ … amazing stuff !! Only two have the same emblem.

        “no reason to actually use deductive reasoning skills here huh?”

        No skills at all needed to lie for a Greater Israel.

      • thankgodimatheist on August 17, 2012, 1:15 am

        Annie,
        Elliot provided the context here. It’s the usual procedure that takes place on a daily basis.

        Elliot wrote: The “youths” are soldiers in T-shirts. They used the standard IDF tactic. 1) provoke a violent altercation; 2) isolate one protester; 3) abduct him.
        The goal, like all Israel’s state terrorism, is to make an example of one Palestinian in order to intimidate everybody else.”

    • ColinWright on August 16, 2012, 11:23 pm

      To dimodok: “…Soldiers during their training run make an arrest…”

      Correction: shy soldiers make an arrest. The guy who noticed was very upset that it was all being filmed. That probably cut into how much fun they were able to have with their victim once they got him inside.

      ‘Aww…you mean it’s on film that we dragged him in here? We can’t beat him half to death and then deny we had anything to do with it? Why didn’t you break the camera? What’s wrong with you?’

      • Mndwss on August 17, 2012, 8:12 am

        No Stanley Kubrick allowed to film the ultraviolence!

        Those brave soldiers (droogs) should get arrested:

        And then get some treatment (Ludvig van Beethoven):

        “Alex: You needn’t take it any further, sir. You’ve proved to me that all this ultraviolence and killing is wrong, wrong, and terribly wrong. I’ve learned me lesson, sir.”

        Droogs “during their training run”:

    • Ranjit Suresh on August 16, 2012, 11:43 pm

      Who the devil cares about brown vs. white? Is one side defined by blood, by ancestry, by genetic heritage and the other defined as falling outside that group on account of heredity?

      That’s all that matters. If you define some men as more worthy of respect than others only on account of parentage then you’re barbaric and pre-modern. Actually, there’s no “if – then” statement here. Dimadok, you are barbaric and pre-modern, full stop.

      • dimadok on August 17, 2012, 8:08 am

        Actually I do not care about who’s color is which. But since it is a reccurring theme here I thought it would be educational to bring it up.

    • Mooser on August 17, 2012, 12:31 am

      “Soldiers during their training run make an arrest.”

      Are they soldiers or policeman, dimadok? Say, you wanna look at countries where those two jobs are combined? My God, bragging that soldiers are used as policeman on civilians. That’s smart!

      • dimadok on August 17, 2012, 8:09 am

        Again joke is on you- in any area where IDF has the full authority they are legal and obliged to intervene and make an arrest.

      • ColinWright on August 17, 2012, 4:57 pm

        “Again joke is on you- in any area where IDF has the full authority they are legal and obliged to intervene and make an arrest.”

        That is a good joke. Funny how they were so concerned that the ‘arrest’ not be filmed, isn’t it?

        By the way, has the IDF done anything about arresting the perpetrators of that fire-bombing — since they are obliged to make arrests and all? You know, the even scales of Israeli justice in action.

      • dimadok on August 17, 2012, 7:17 pm

        Check the news sites- Ynet,Haaretz

    • Tobias on August 17, 2012, 12:47 am

      Certainly was a training run – in how to deal with an uppity Palestinian.

  8. Kathleen on August 16, 2012, 11:27 pm

    The individual yelling at the camera person sure did not want that behavior taped

  9. talknic on August 17, 2012, 12:17 am

    No uniforms/insignia = illegal belligerents. Terrorists beat and kidnap Palestinian.

    • dimadok on August 17, 2012, 8:13 am

      No uniform and during their active duty- legal action. Haven’t you heard about policeman making an arrest while in vacation or while wearing civilian clothes?

  10. Merk on August 17, 2012, 12:39 am

    there were more ppl filming this than there were ppl involved. kinda curious to anyone?

    • Cliff on August 17, 2012, 1:24 am

      Why aren’t you more curious about the track record of IDF abuses and the sham of accountablity in the OT?

      As if this incident is taking place in a vaccuum.

      Yesh Din, B’tSelem, HRW, AI, etc. etc. all corroborate these kinds of stories. So there is a well-established context for believing.

      Whereas the Israeli-constructed/colonial mentality that all the natives ‘lie’ (i.e., Pallywood) is full of ****.

    • talknic on August 17, 2012, 3:13 am

      Curious as to how you reached that stunning conclusion Merk.

    • ColinWright on August 17, 2012, 5:00 pm

      ‘there were more ppl filming this than there were ppl involved. kinda curious to anyone?’

      So if it’s not filmed, it didn’t happen, and if it is filmed, it’s a set up. Funny thing is, it takes two to tango. You could film me for months, and while you might get some stuff Mooser would enjoy, there wouldn’t be much to take to the court of world opinion.

      If they were multiple cameras, good move. That would explain why the soldier didn’t dare to assault the first photographer. Just think of the fix Israel would be in if all her actions were filmed.

  11. thankgodimatheist on August 17, 2012, 1:07 am

    “Go beck! Go beck”
    Typical. The world should not see what is going on.

  12. DICKERSON3870 on August 17, 2012, 4:54 am

    RE: “Video: Israeli youths violently detain Palestinian under eyes of soldiers”

    ALSO SEE: “Firebomb injures 5 Palestinians; police say Jews behind attack”, by Itamar Fleishman, Ynet News, 8/16/12

    Vehicle travelling in West Bank catches fire after being hit by Molotov cocktail; parents, children, driver suffer moderate to serious wounds. Police: Jews behind attack

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4269580,00.html

    • DICKERSON3870 on August 18, 2012, 3:52 am

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “Palestinian taxi hit by fire-bomb in West Bank, by BBC News, 8/17/12

      [EXCERPT] Six people have been injured after a fire-bomb was thrown at a Palestinian taxi in the West Bank.
      Israeli officials said there were indications that Israeli civilians were behind the attack, which took place near the Jewish settlement of Bat Ayin.

      Palestinian medics said those hurt were all members of one family, among them the driver and two young children.
      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said those responsible for the “grave incident” would be caught.
      An Israeli police spokesman said police and soldiers were searching the area for suspects, and that security had been increased on local roads.
      Israeli media report that tracks were found from the scene of the attack to Bat Ayin, which is located south of Jerusalem.
      Security sources told the Jerusalem Post that it would have been obvious to the assailants that they were targeting a Palestinian taxi.
      The taxi burst into flames and flipped over after being hit by the bomb. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19293301

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