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Video: Israeli military detains five-year-old Palestinian for allegedly throwing a stone

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From Haaretz:

Israel Defense Forces soldiers earlier this week were videotaped detaining a five-year-old Palestinian boy in Hebron, after he allegedly threw a stone at an Israeli car on Tuesday.

The video, shot by Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, shows soldiers from the Givati Brigade stationed in the West Bank city detaining Wa’adi Maswada, aged five years and nine months.

In the video, one of the soldiers is heard asking the boy, “Where is Daddy?” Several local residents try to speak to the soldiers and deter them from proceeding with the arrest. One of the soldiers then tells them [in English], “He’s a child, eh?… No, but he threw it.” Another soldier says to the boy and the crowd, “Get over here, don’t set me off.” A Palestinian teenager takes the child by his hand and leads him off to the side. The whole time the 5-year-old can be heard crying.

Six soldiers can be seen gathering around the two, as the teenager stars telling the commanding officer from the Givati Brigade where the child lives. The child is led to a military Jeep, and the officer tells the child, “Climb in with me.” The child starts to flail and tries to run away, still crying, while residents start to gather around. An older person arrives and takes the child’s hand and they climb up together, as the boy continues to weep and is eventually dragged into the Jeep.

According to reports by B’Tselem, the soldiers arrived at the home of the Maswada family together with the boy. The mother was home at the time, according to B’Tselem, and the officer told the mother he was going to turn the child over to Palestinian police, but that they refused to take him before his father, Karem, arrived. Half an hour later the father came home, and the officer told him he was arresting the boy and turning him over to the Palestinian police.

“I asked the officer, ‘Why would you arrest a five-year old?’” the father said in his testimony to B’Tselem. “A soldier standing next to the officer showed me a stone and claimed my son threw it and that it hit the tire of a Jewish settler’s car driving north near the Abed checkpoint.”

The father said he tried to persuade the officer not to take the boy to the District Coordination and Liaison Administration. The officer told him he would be arrested as well if he didn’t let the boy go. . . .

Another video shows the father, his eyes covered with a piece of flannel, handcuffed, with the boy standing next to him. At the same time, one of the soldiers pulls out a digital camera and documents the B’Tselem field worker who is filming the events. According to the family, about half an hour later, a lieutenant colonel shows up, apparently from the local District Coordination and Liaison headquarters. Only after he arrives are the father’s blindfold and handcuffs removed, and the officer starts to interrogate the man. Relatives report that a Palestinian liaison officer later arrived accompanied by several policemen. The father and son were handed over and taken to the Palestinian police station. After a brief interrogation they were released.

Here’s the second video:

Read the full story from Haaretz here.

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  1. amigo on July 11, 2013, 11:17 am

    Ah, yes .The most moral army staffed by big brave heroes defending their lives against 5 year old marines.

    Such unfettered heroism.

    And you ask , why do they grow up to hate us so.

    • frankier on July 11, 2013, 11:59 am

      How can we have these images reaching MS media in the world (I would be happy with the US alone)?

      Oh, BTW, Jeep (Chrysler?) seems to supply transportation for the deed…

      • amigo on July 11, 2013, 1:32 pm

        “Oh, BTW, Jeep (Chrysler?) seems to supply transportation for the deed… ” frankier.

        Translation—the US taxpayer gives Israel,s heroes any weapon/equipment they need to protect themselves from 5 year old terroeeeests.

  2. American on July 11, 2013, 11:26 am

    “Mercy is not strained, it dropth from heaven as a gentle rain”

    I hope the heavens are dry as a bone when the IDF meets their waterloo.

  3. amigo on July 11, 2013, 11:28 am

    It,s enough to make one,s blood boil.

    If this was a Jewish 5 yr old at the hands of the Palestinian Police , can you imagine the uproar and screams of Pogroms and Jew hatred etc etc.It would make the USA MSM in seconds.

  4. Mike_Konrad on July 11, 2013, 11:42 am

    This is a bit over the top.

    Though a rock thrown, even by a five year old, can do damage. Probably not much since a five year old could not hurl it that powerfully.

    The comments on YNET are interesting,7340,L-4403964,00.html

    The father said he tried to persuade the officer not to take the boy to the District Coordination and Liaison Administration. The officer told him he would be arrested as well if he didn’t let the boy go. . . .

    Another video shows the father, his eyes covered with a piece of flannel, handcuffed, with the boy standing next to him.

    One has to admire the father. I hope the father is not in trouble.

    Can a five year old boy even form intent? He was just copying what he saw other kid’s do.

    I have no idea how to process this story.

  5. Kathleen on July 11, 2013, 12:37 pm

    When Art Gish was alive and many others have and continue to bring Americans attention to the abuse and killing of Palestinian children by Israeli soldiers and illegal Israeli settlers for decades. Art would share the violence practiced by Israeli soldiers and illegal Israeli settlers via his writings, his live appearances and talks etc. Over the last 10 years far more video’s have been making it out onto the web.

    My question for others is would you be more likely to respond, call your Reps, be outraged if you saw video’s of U.S. police officers or South African police officers treating children like this? If your answer is yes then I hope you will examine your willingness to ignore this abuse of Palestinian children and the close to 4 billion dollars a year that the U.S. gives to Israel?

    Israel is in violation of more UN resolutions than any other nation. Ask why we support Israel no matter how many UN resolutions and International Criminal Court decisions they are in violation of. Below more videos of this abuse.

    Israeli settlers ram his car into a Palestinian child

    Breaking the Silence

  6. piotr on July 11, 2013, 1:20 pm

    Quite often we read explanations that Palestinians who throw rocks use potentially lethal weapons and should be viewed as terrorists (or guilty of attempted manslaughter or some such). While in USA and Europe this is a rather exotic practice, it is actually frequent in the region, e.g. in Turkey, and definitely among some sectors of Jewish population of Israel. However, Jews in Israel are never accused of being terrorist or murderers just because they throw stones, and even when they cause public condemnations (“we will punish them to the full extend of the law!”) the actual penalties are much, much smaller than for non-Jews.

  7. DissedStance on July 11, 2013, 2:13 pm

    Once again exposes Zionism’s imperative to dehumanize: who cares if it’s a child?
    …..the seething rot of a dead-end ideology.

  8. just on July 11, 2013, 3:18 pm

    I’m not sure that this can be forgiven. I am not sure a lot of things that Zionists are doing to the Occupied can or will be forgiven, especially since they do not seek it.

    The Palestinian people are amazingly resilient and have memories like any other human beings……………

  9. just on July 11, 2013, 4:18 pm

    What is wrong with this picture?

    Haredi attack against ultra-Orthodox soldier stirs political outrage
    LAST UPDATED: 07/10/2013 00:55

    “A haredi soldier was attacked by dozens of haredi men on Tuesday night in the ultra- Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea She’arim.

    According to the police, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the soldier, who was in uniform, was surrounded and threatened by approximately 100 haredi men on Gimzo Street in the heart of Mea She’arim, but managed to flee to a nearby building and alert the police.

    Several police units were called to the scene, including Border Police and riot officers, who forcibly broke through the crowd of haredi men and succeeded in safely extracting the soldier.

    National police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the unidentified soldier was “shaken up” but not injured when police arrived, adding that stones were thrown at officers by the crowd before the soldier was transported to safety.

    A low-level riot continued after the soldier was extricated, with more haredi men joining the crowd, until the police succeeded in dispersing the protesters. At least four arrests were made on charges of disturbing the peace.

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu condemned the attack, vowing to “take a hard stand against those who attempt to strike fear in citizens fulfilling their duty to the state.”


    (too bad the ‘outrage’ does not apply to abused/beaten/arrested Palestinians– including 5 yr olds!)

    • piotr on July 11, 2013, 8:53 pm

      This is exactly what I had in mind. Both settlers and Haredi throw stones regularly. Mostly at Palestinians, so with no outrage, but even if they throw stones at Jews, and there is some outrage, nothing much happens. So we can summarize:

      Arabs under occupation on Jews, full wrath of the law and more, like beating out the confessions of stone throwing (occasionally, with fatal effects), night arrest and preventative photographs etc.

      Arabs who are are citizens on Jews. Full wrath of the law but not more.

      Jews on Arabs. Nobody cares.

      Jews on Jews. Hue and cry, but much smaller penalties.

      • just on July 11, 2013, 9:14 pm

        Yes piotr. More hypocrisy and apartheid. I think that the Zionists are careening off the proverbial cliff and willfully remain out of control. They’ve thrown all caution to the wind.

        The world watches in disbelief. Thank goodness for Mondoweiss and the internet– the hard truth is no longer hidden.

        (must really irritate the heck out of some people!)

      • Citizen on July 12, 2013, 5:41 am

        Jewish Israeli sports fans throw stones at Arab members of their team.

      • Woody Tanaka on July 12, 2013, 8:58 am

        Is anyone surprised? This is a country full of Judeo-supremacist bigots. Would the Klan treat a white man assaulting a black man the same as a black man assaulting a white man? No. Same here. Zionists are the equivalent of Klansmen.

    • RoHa on July 11, 2013, 10:05 pm

      A side issue on this.

      The Haredis are not supposed to work or be soldiers, and the proportion of Haredis to non-Haredis seems to be increasing. By extrapolation, then, a time will come when Israel will have insufficient workers to produce anything, and insufficient soldiers to defend the country.

      • OlegR on July 14, 2013, 8:31 am

        Hold your breath …

  10. just on July 11, 2013, 6:11 pm

    6 IOF’ers vs a little Palestinian child. A father bound and blindfolded for being a Palestinian father– degraded in front of his terrified child.

    Disproportionate anyone? Protecting and enabling the settlers seems to be a really big and important mission for the IOF.

  11. gamal on July 11, 2013, 9:04 pm

    Yes but did he throw a stone? and if he did, why was he not shot? heads will probably roll, arrest is a privilege not a right.

  12. Blank State on July 11, 2013, 11:24 pm

    Where the heck is Brian Esker with his “fire bomb” assertions?

  13. eddymbeach on July 12, 2013, 5:42 am

    The good news is that this is showing up in the media down here. A small crack yes, but a start …

  14. Denis on July 12, 2013, 10:34 am

    Bingo! for the Palestinian media effort. We got a winner!

    People opposing repression by armed thugs are learning that if you want to get the world behind you, you have to show the thugs beating up on or killing kids or dogs, preferably both. This latest kid-incident is (fortunately) not an “al-Dura moment” but it sure helps the cause.

    Radley Balko has a series now circulating Salon and other sites on the militarization of small town police departments by the feds’ funding of SWAT teams. He points out that what really pisses Americans off is when the SWAT creeps blow away pet dogs, and they do that routinely because for some reason dogs seem to bark when the pricks bust down the door. Beating or blowing away innocent adults just doesn’t have the same headline punch as killing the family lab, who is almost always even more innocent than the adult.

    SWAT thugs killing kids, for instance David Hawn blowing away 11-year old Alberto Sepulveda who was face down on the floor, outrages Americans almost as much as killing dogs. But SWATs killing an adult is hardly newsworthy anymore — even for liberals whose president has gone bonkers funding these SWAT nightmare teams. The IoF and the US SWAT teams have a lot in common — particularly from the viewpoint of the people at the bottom end of the boot — and those opposing government brutality are learning from each other.

    The Palestinians know they are getting their message out when it shows up in the UK Daily Mail, which is fairly balanced on Israel/Palestine but doesn’t spend a lot of space on problems there. For instance, I could find only two articles on the al-Dura killing, and both of those are in 2013 and related to the French litigation – there were none about the actual incident in 2000.

    In contrast, the DM covered the Wadi’a Maswadeh bust in detail.

    Note that the DM explicitly points out that the Lt. Col. in the vid chastises his moron troops not for being morons and messing with the kid, but for being morons and messing with the kid in front of the cameras, although the DM uses slightly different wording. This comment leaves us wondering how many 5-year olds have been busted and held when the cameras weren’t around. Probably dozens. It’s likely routine.

    The DM shows a photo of 6 of the IoF goof-balls standing around Wadi’a and his blind-folded dad, and the goof-balls are armed to the teeth and laughing. And in the corner of the pic there is a young boy in a kippa taking it all in. He seems to be awed by the armed thugs in purple covers. He is about the same size as Wadi’a, probably a settler’s kid. The juxtaposition of these two boys is heart-breaking. Although he is not getting busted or messed with, I have more empathy for the Jewish boy than the Palestinian one. In 20 years that kippa-kid will likely grow into another hateful IDF cretin, despised by most of the world and incapable of understanding why.

    And so it goes.

  15. RoHa on July 13, 2013, 6:20 am

    What vital principle is upheld, what noble cause furthered, or what greater suffering is avoided by this cruelty?

    What justification can Zionists offer?

  16. just on July 13, 2013, 8:44 am


    “Seven Israeli soldiers who detained a 5-year-old Palestinian boy for rock-throwing this week in the West Bank city of Hebron have been cleared of any wrongdoing by their superiors, after a review of video of the incident published on Thursday by the Israeli rights group B’Tselem.”

    “Eytan Buchman, a spokesman for the Israeli military, said soldiers took the boy to his home, and then, with his parents, to a Palestinian police station. “This kid was throwing stones on the street,” Mr. Buchman said. “He wasn’t arrested. He was escorted to his parents. A huge difference.” He said the minimum age for charging stone throwers in the West Bank is 12.”

    “Writing on Twitter later on Thursday, Ms. Montell responded to an Israeli blogger who defended the actions of the officers by arguing that the occupation authorities do not detain the children of settlers who throw stones at Palestinians.”

    “Sarit Michaeli, a B’Tselem spokeswoman, told the Israeli news blog +972: “We have extensive documentation of lawbreaking by young Israeli children in Hebron. Settler children under the age of criminal responsibility have often thrown stones at Palestinians with impunity. We are certainly not advocating that Israeli minors under the age of criminal responsibility are arrested – quite the contrary – but the discriminatory treatment is glaring.” ”

  17. just on July 13, 2013, 3:09 pm

    Settler sprays ‘slaughter Jews’ on own car

    Young Jewish man admits to police he staged ‘Arab price tag’ act to ‘raise awareness’

    Noam (Dabul) Dvir
    Published: 07.12.13, 09:55 / Israel News

    ‘A young Jewish man was arrested overnight Friday for staging an ‘Arab price tag’ act on his own vehicle.

    The 22 year old, who resides in a settlement near Jerusalem and was visiting family in the capital’s Kiryat Moshe neighborhood, called the police a little after midnight and told the dispatcher that someone had spray-painted the phrase “Itbah al-Yahud” (“slaughter the Jews” in Arabic) on his car and slashed its tires.

    He also claimed that a mixture of sugar and silicon was poured on the hood.

    Officers who arrived at the scene interrogated the young man, who eventually admitted that he had damaged his own vehicle to “raise awareness” to “price tag” acts committed by Arabs against Jews.

    He spent the night in a detention facility.,7340,L-4404163,00.html

  18. talknic on July 13, 2013, 10:37 pm

    It’s an interesting theory. The father being blindfolded, WITHOUT having been arrested.

    Everywhere one looks there’s lapses of logic big enough to drive the elephant in the room thru

    Absolutely NOTHING said on the I/P issue by Israeli officials, the Israeli Government, the IDF or Israel’s fawning apologists should ever be taken at face value.

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