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Here is a disturbing video of two eight-year-old Palestinian boys being detained by Israeli soldiers outside a refugee camp near occupied Hebron. “I saw you were about to throw stones,” a soldier says. It is on B’Tselem’s Facebook page, along with a description of sexist comments by the soldier: he repeatedly asks the boys if they agree that the B’Tselem photographer is “ugly.”

From B’Tselem:

You have to open your eyes to really see the occupation. The occupation is soldiers not just on security missions, but also chasing an eight-year-old kid who may have thrown a stone. It’s soldiers not only guarding borders, but also maintaining the daily oppression of civilians. It’s soldiers not only ignoring their duty to protect local residents, but sometimes harassing them for no reason. Such harassment can be merely a snide remark, or it can be much worse.
On 8 Jan. 2014, B’Tselem field researchers Manal Ja’abri and Musa Abu Hashhash encountered soldiers detaining two eight-year-old boys at the entrance to al-‘Arrub refugee camp: Ahmad al-Ghreidi and Hilmi al-Ghreidi. Manal Ja’abri began documenting the incident with her video camera and insisted on her right to do so, after soldiers initially tried to prevent her from filming. The children were released some ten minutes later. A lieutenant who was on the scene spoke to the children throughout the incident, although he had been explicitly told that they do not understand Hebrew. Speaking ostensibly pleasantly, clearly acting for the camera, he then proceeded to insult Ja’abri. After that, he and another soldier had their photographs taken with her, without her consent – as one said, “just like in the zoo”.

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  1. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    March 10, 2014, 3:17 pm

    This is when the camera’s are on. Proud that they are racist, sexist, arrogant assholes. Proud of it. Knowing they will never be punished if they commit crimes against Palestinians. They know how to fuel hatred towards themselves.

    Thank goodness visual documentation of this racist behavior has finally been making it out to the world the last 10 years. Before that heard from several CPT members about this systematic humiliation that Israeli soldiers practice. Have read human rights reports about this behavior. But the visuals take it up a notch.

    • Mndwss
      Mndwss
      March 10, 2014, 3:54 pm

      “This is when the camera’s are on.”

      Yes, if this is what it is like for Palestinians when the camera’s are on, how can it be when the camera’s are off?

      Is this the most moral army in the world?

      • MahaneYehude1
        MahaneYehude1
        March 10, 2014, 5:31 pm

        “Is this the most moral army in the world?”

        According to the delicate video, the answer to your question is “Yes”.

      • amigo
        amigo
        March 11, 2014, 9:57 am

        Moral. “Concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior:”

        Some delicate videos for you mehane.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_BwDCWVd9A

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEQSs3Y2lgE

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UIh72LWvg8

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QorJMPtz1Fw

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEmQVxfgIzw

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjk5gxCSICw

        Most moral army my ass.

        You are one twisted individual.

      • Kathleen
        Kathleen
        March 11, 2014, 9:28 pm

        Thanks Amigo…Really like it when others show some of the evidence. So easy these days

      • piotr
        piotr
        March 11, 2014, 12:11 pm

        How about the missing videos of the Jordanian judge who was shot dead by IDF soldiers in “self-defense”?

        More civilized militaries train soldiers how to resolve situations with civilians without lethal force.

      • Kathleen
        Kathleen
        March 11, 2014, 9:29 pm

        Or all of the camera, video equipment confiscated by the IDF on the Mavi Marmara.

      • Kathleen
        Kathleen
        March 11, 2014, 3:03 pm

        I have heard about the brutal and racist behavior of the IDF and illegal settlers from eye witnesses 25 years ago up until more recently

      • March 12, 2014, 2:55 am

        one of my best friends, who served in the US Army in afganistan and gaza, where, while manning a checkpoint, was called a chistian pig in hebrew by a idf soldier. after my friend was told by a jewish onlooker what had been said, he chased down the idf soldier and beat him to a pulp. didn’t know he was a former pro boxer.
        he sure put that unappreciative sociopathically arrogant piece of shit idf soldier down in his lowly little place, and good!
        just call it a little “revenge for rachel”! and hopefully there will be alot more.

  2. mondonut
    mondonut
    March 10, 2014, 3:23 pm

    They took pictures and called someone ugly. Oh, the humanity…

    • Mndwss
      Mndwss
      March 10, 2014, 4:54 pm

      “They took pictures and called someone ugly. Oh, the humanity…”

      Are you thinking of the Nazis?

  3. Danny_123
    Danny_123
    March 10, 2014, 3:29 pm

    Going on appearances, the officer talking to the kids is a Mizrahi/Sephardic Jew, many of whom harbor intense hatred of Arabs. The sad thing about this guy is that he is not that rare in Israeli society. Most Sephardic Jews come from Arab countries, are themselves culturally and genetically Arabs, yet are the source of some of the most despicable vitriol against Arabs in Israel today (the soccer club Beitar Jerusalem fan base is just one despicable example out of many). I hope we can identify this guy by name and publicly shame him.

    • Jackdaw
      Jackdaw
      March 10, 2014, 4:28 pm

      ” I hope we can identify this guy by name and publicly shame him.”

      Great idea, Danny. Get on it.

    • puppies
      puppies
      March 10, 2014, 4:40 pm

      1. So the Russian and Polish and Bessarabian and American mass murderers do not “harbor intense hatred of Arabs”? Come again?

      2. Sephardi Jews *do*not come from Arab countries except for a minimal number who live in the Maghreb and those few who had established themselves in Alexandria and Beirut etc. They come from Spain and lived in the ex-Ottoman Empire. If you mean the Mizrahi, or even more appropriately the Jewish Arabs, so be precise. We shouldn’t accept Zionist fake terminology here.
      Agreed: most Sephardi, exactly like most Ashkenazi and most anyone in the shitty Spartan state are horrendous racists, being in thrall to Zionism. No reason for sloppy terminology, though.

      • Danny_123
        Danny_123
        March 10, 2014, 6:40 pm

        If you were a knowledgeable person, you would know that the term ‘Sephardic’ is a synonym for ‘Mizrahi’, since only a fraction of Sephardic Jews are actually from Spain; most are FORMER Spaniards who settled in Arabic countries after being expelled during Spain’s infamous inquisition. If you had even an inkling of knowledge about modern-day Israel, you would know that Mizrahi Jews freely refer to themselves as S’faradim, or Sephardis. Next time, before you commit to writing dumb stuff on the internet, just do some basic googling.

      • puppies
        puppies
        March 10, 2014, 9:13 pm

        Danny-123 – I don’t give a rat’s ass what people in the “modern-day” shitty Spartan state say; I’m an old guy who doesn’t forget. And I don’t need Google to know these things, thanks. The re-emigration (rather limited) to Arab provinces and the Maghreb was already mentioned; it remains marginal, no matter what bullshit is now fashionable among the Zionist crowd. The intentional confusion intends to break the habit of speaking the Spanish mother tongue, by the way. Again: “be precise. We shouldn’t accept Zionist fake terminology here.”

    • MahaneYehude1
      MahaneYehude1
      March 10, 2014, 5:41 pm

      The officer talking to the kids is a Mizrahi/Sephardic Jew, many of whom harbor intense hatred of Arabs. The sad thing about this guy is that he is not that rare in Israeli society. Most Sephardic Jews come from Arab countries, are themselves culturally and genetically Arabs, yet are the source of some of the most despicable vitriol against Arabs in Israel today

      How do you know? It seems to me that for you, the anti-Zionist and Israel-haters, it is easy to write any “facts” because no one ask you for source and clarification. For unknown reason, people that do care about stereotypes are usually silent when the messages are written by persons from their side.

      • Cliff
        Cliff
        March 10, 2014, 5:49 pm

        It seems to me, potato-seller, that you are one of those Arab-haters and Zionist fanatics.

        He is describing his point of view.

        You can too. Even your hate-infested anti-miscegenation comments are allowed through moderation.

      • a blah chick
        a blah chick
        March 10, 2014, 8:40 pm

        “How do you know?”

        They same way the soldiers knew the kids were going to throw stones, mind reading.

    • giladg
      giladg
      March 11, 2014, 6:19 am

      You are the real racist Danny_123. Typical of many on the left who preach inclusion, but only for others.

      • amigo
        amigo
        March 11, 2014, 10:31 am

        “You are the real racist Danny_123. Typical of many on the left who preach inclusion, but only for others.” gildog

        Every zionist is a racist.It goes with the territory.Here is an example of zionist inclusion.

      • eljay
        eljay
        March 11, 2014, 1:14 pm

        >> You are the real racist Danny_123. Typical of many on the left who preach inclusion, but only for others.

        Funny stuff, coming from a hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist who preaches inclusion, but only for Jews.

    • piotr
      piotr
      March 11, 2014, 12:18 pm

      I do not see how the Ashkenazi/Mizrahi angle is relevant here.

  4. David Doppler
    David Doppler
    March 10, 2014, 3:42 pm

    See Zambardo, The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, about the Stanford Prison Experiment

  5. Jackdaw
    Jackdaw
    March 10, 2014, 3:50 pm

    Wow.

    That’s quite a non-story you’ve published.
    No violence. No arrests. No abuse.

    Just the banality of evil, right?

    I’ve seen Hollywood celebrities slap down paparazzi a lot worse.

    • Ecru
      Ecru
      March 10, 2014, 4:46 pm

      Banality of evil is right considering you’re equating the terrorising of a child by heavily armed thugs with adults snapping in response to the aggressive tactics of other adults. Unless you know an 8 year old paparazzi that is.

    • justicewillprevail
      justicewillprevail
      March 10, 2014, 5:00 pm

      “You have to open your eyes to really see the occupation” Try it some time

    • amigo
      amigo
      March 11, 2014, 10:44 am

      Hasbara Central must be running out of birds to sing the hasbara national anthem. They are sending Jackdaws.

  6. eljay
    eljay
    March 10, 2014, 6:07 pm

    That bunch of dumb-f*ck, Zio-supremacist nerds must feel pretty cool, strutting around with all that big-dick gear, frightening children and insulting women.

    Funny thing is, they look like they’d lose a fair, one-on-one fight to either one of those kids. I guess they can always call on brave Captain Israel to save them.

    Pathetic.

  7. just
    just
    March 10, 2014, 6:10 pm

    Just who is “ugly” here?

    Terrorist, worthless thugs out on another ‘holiday’ to harass and laugh.

    Many thanks to B’Tselem, and field researchers Manal Ja’abri and Musa Abu Hashhash.

    • just
      just
      March 10, 2014, 6:43 pm

      And thanks to those very brave little boys. {{{}}}

    • Shuki
      Shuki
      March 10, 2014, 8:20 pm

      Such thugs… they knelt down and gave the boys a friendly reminder that its not okay to throw rocks (notwithstanding what their parents teach them at home). If you want to cover a real news story, how about the long range Iranian missiles that were intercepted en route to Gaza? (shhhh, let’s not talk about that here…)

      • Ecru
        Ecru
        March 10, 2014, 10:30 pm

        @ Shuki

        1) We only have Israel’s word for it that those weapons were bound for Gaza and that’s not exactly the world’s most reliable source of info. Especially coming as it did just as Catherine Ashton was visiting Iran.

        2) That looks friendly to you? A gang of heavily armed thugs stop two little children; children living under a violent and oppressive occupation and who have good reason to fear said thugs, and then said thugs insist on speaking to those children in a language they don’t understand. The language of their occupiers and oppressors.

        Tell me do you think Nazis could have nice little chats with Jewish children in the ghetto? That all that context vanished just because, for the moment, they were smiling instead of just shooting them?

        But thank you for again demonstrating the core inhumanity of Zionism and the utter inhumanity of Zionists.

      • talknic
        talknic
        March 11, 2014, 5:06 am

        Shuki “they knelt down and gave the boys a friendly reminder that its not okay to throw rocks”

        They weren’t throwing rocks

        ” (notwithstanding what their parents teach them at home)”

        It’s fun to speculate, you can say anything, including accuse people when you have no knowledge of what the children’s parents have taught them

        ” If you want to cover a real news story, how about the long range Iranian missiles”

        A) They were rockets. Missiles are guided. B) A hundred miles isn’t long range

        “that were intercepted en route to Gaza?”

        Allegedly. But why would anyone choose a sea route to Gaza when it’s under a complete naval blockade and most easily detected?

      • Sumud
        Sumud
        March 11, 2014, 8:09 am

        If you want to cover a real news story, how about the long range Iranian missiles that were intercepted en route to Gaza? (shhhh, let’s not talk about that here…)

        Judging by the time stamp on the first comment this article went up at MW before your whinge:

        US Homeland Security investigates Israeli arms deal to Iran

        Whether the story about the Iranian boat is true or not – we all know Israel manufactures events for propaganda wholesale – Palestinians under Israeli occupation have a legitimate right to an armed response.

        So, BIG DEAL if Iran is shipping rockets to Gaza. If it bothers you then agitate for Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territories.

      • Shuki
        Shuki
        March 12, 2014, 11:02 pm

        Last time I checked, there hasn’t been a single Jew living in Gaza for eight years. The peace and freedom loving occupants of Gaza have launched countless rockets since then. They will continue to do so so long as there is a single Jew living between the River and the sea.

        “Armed resistance”… that is laughable. A bunch of animals hiding among women and launching rockets from school yards into is really population centers. How heroic. That is armed resistance only in a warped mind.

      • Qualtrough
        Qualtrough
        March 13, 2014, 1:37 am

        What makes me sad is that when Israel collapses of its own weight (assuming it doesn’t take the world down Masada style!) people like you will emigrate to the USA and other countries where you can continue to spew your racist hatred.

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        March 13, 2014, 7:17 am

        “Last time I checked, there hasn’t been a single Jew living in Gaza for eight years. ”

        Yes, when you zios decided to make it the new Warsaw Ghetto you made sure that only the people you view as subhuman got caught up.

        “The peace and freedom loving occupants of Gaza have launched countless rockets since then.”

        LOL. Well, when you zios stop murdering Palestinians in cold blood, oppressing them and stealing their land, maybe the Gazans will stop retaliating against you for your crimes.

        “They will continue to do so so long as there is a single Jew living between the River and the sea.”

        LMAO. You mistakenly wrote “Jew” instead of “zionist who is murdering and oppressing Palestinians and stealing their land.”

        “‘Armed resistance’… that is laughable.”

        Nope. It’s just desserts. You get what you deserve in this life and the zionist voters are getting off easy.

        “A bunch of animals hiding among women and launching rockets from school yards into is really population centers.”

        No, the animals are those zios living in those “population centers” and voting for the Nazi tactics that the zionist state inflicts on its victims.

        “How heroic. That is armed resistance only in a warped mind.”

        Well, if you barbarians would stop voting for governments whose policy is to carry out the crimes against the Palestinians, perhaps they wouldn’t be required to retaliate against you.

  8. riyadh
    riyadh
    March 10, 2014, 9:02 pm

    I think the blatant sexism was worse than the questioning of the kids

  9. RoHa
    RoHa
    March 10, 2014, 10:52 pm

    Eight-year old boys who might be going to throw stones!
    It’s a wonder Israel can survive at all.

    • eljay
      eljay
      March 11, 2014, 7:03 am

      >> Eight-year old boys who might be going to throw stones!

      They’re not regular stones: They’re anti-Semitic, existential-threat stones.

  10. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    March 11, 2014, 3:05 pm

    And the IDF fire off “anti semitic real bullets” into Palestinian kids heads.

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