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Soldiers detain four Palestinian schoolgirls– aged 11 to 15 — for picking settlers’ cherries

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[Video from B’tselem via Ma’an]

Another in the long-running Israeli series, You can’t make this stuff up: “Palestinian girls detained for picking settlers’ cherries.” Four schoolgirls, aged 11 to 15.

Haaretz’s Chaim Levinson reports:

Because Palestinian schoolchildren in the area have been repeatedly harassed by local settlers, soldiers are now supposed to provide an escort in both directions for all students who attend school in the village of a-Tawani, where the girls study. But because the girls left school early on Tuesday after finishing an exam, the soldiers had not yet arrived, and they started home on their own.
When the soldiers finally met up with the girls near Havat Maon, the settlers claimed the girls had eaten cherries from one of the trees and demanded that they be arrested for theft.

I wonder how many cherries the girls ate. (Perhaps as many olive trees as settlers uprooted or burned in the last few months?) There is no bottom.

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  1. just
    just on May 28, 2014, 11:19 am

    Thanks for writing about this. I nearly fell off the sofa when I read it this morning.

    You are correct– “There is no bottom”. The IOF are willing participants in the illegal settlers’ terrorism.

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka on May 28, 2014, 3:01 pm

      “The IOF are willing participants in the illegal settlers’ terrorism.”

      You say this as if they were somehow separate. It’s not. They’re all apiece: the settlers, the terrorist thugs in uniform, Netanyahoo and his gang of thugs, the braying donkeys in the Kenesseet, the AIPACers undermining the US government and society, the Zionists in the US… They’re all connected and they’re all responsible and every one of them is abusing these children.

      • just
        just on May 28, 2014, 4:59 pm

        True. Thanks for clarifying, Woody.

      • Daniel Rich
        Daniel Rich on May 28, 2014, 11:56 pm

        @ Woody Tanaka,

        Q; … every one of them is abusing these children.

        R; A sad notion, but, nevertheless, very true. Amen, brother.

  2. pabelmont
    pabelmont on May 28, 2014, 11:33 am

    It is the absurd sense of settler entitlement that REEKS. A few cherries (or so claimed).

    It also recalls the arrests of Palestinians returning (1948-ish) to their lands to harvest crops and orchards left during the war, and being arrested or shot as (first: “infiltrators”, later: “terrorists”). (Sing: “All of this land is our land!”)

    Now it’s “cherry pickers”. Sounds like an “easy shot” to me.

  3. Kay24
    Kay24 on May 28, 2014, 11:41 am

    They are a vicious crowd. They keep destroying orchards, and stealing trees, belonging to Palestinians, and keeps getting away unpunished. The Israeli authorities does nothing, and the IDF looks the other way, yet these three little girls, who plucked cherries from their trees, are DETAINED? Israel’s actions are always punitive, mean, violent, unrelenting, and resembles those that once inflicted meanness on their own.
    If plucking cherries by children resulted in detention and questioning, then the price tag attacks, hate crimes, graffiti, fire bombing, tire slashing, and olive trees destroyed and stolen by the settler terrorists, deserves torture and life imprisonment.
    No wonder the world dislikes this disgusting rogue nation.

    • Qualtrough
      Qualtrough on May 28, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Kay24 Disgusting rogue nation is exactly right, but I prefer French diplomat Daniel Bernard’s “ce petit pays de merde”.

      • Kay24
        Kay24 on May 28, 2014, 1:01 pm

        I guess that sounds classier in French, to those who do not know what that means, but I wholeheartedly agree with you. :))

      • just
        just on May 28, 2014, 1:24 pm

        heh- heh.

    • gamal
      gamal on May 28, 2014, 12:11 pm

      but were these the cherries that were so brilliantly grafted on to tomatoes?

    • Ecru
      Ecru on May 28, 2014, 12:52 pm

      @ Kay24

      …these three little girls, who plucked cherries from their trees…

      Who are ACCUSED of plucking cherries. Accused by people famous for their dishonesty and as consumed with hate as any Nazi.

      • Kay24
        Kay24 on May 28, 2014, 2:37 pm

        Point taken. Yes, they were indeed “accused” of plucking cherries, by those who stole the land where the cherry trees now grow.
        Meanness is part of their psyche, and lying is second nature.

  4. amigo
    amigo on May 28, 2014, 12:15 pm

    One might be justified in thinking that people like these settler thugs and criminals are capable of genocide.

    I believe there are no boundaries for these satanic morons.

    These are most probably the same illegal settler scum who burn down Olive trees and write racist diatribe on Mosques.

    • Walid
      Walid on May 28, 2014, 2:51 pm

      amigo, thousands of Zio-fanatics assaulted the Haram today with the help of the police and the military for Israel’s Jerusalem Day, a holiday to commemorate the unification of Jerusalem in 1967. Yesterday, Emily Hauser had an article about the phony reunification of the unholy city with which she wiped the floor with Israel:

      … The 1967 “reunification” of the city included not just the annexation of our holy sites, however, nor even just non-Jewish Jerusalem, but also large swathes of the West Bank that were never considered part of the city by anyone, least of all residents. In all, this came to about 27 square miles.

      In the ensuing decades, Palestinian-owned West Bank land has been ceaselessly expropriated for new Jewish neighborhoods (such as Ramot, Gilo, and Har Homa), blurring the Green Line almost beyond recognition; by 2008, Jerusalem was more than a hundred times larger than in Zionism’s early days, nearly three times bigger than in 1967.

      When you find Jerusalem on today’s map, you’re not looking at an eternal entity. You’re looking at a very recent construct, created by politicians for political reasons.

      And undivided? Well. Beyond the cultural, linguistic, and religious divides – beyond even the wildly disproportionate budgeting for Jewish and Palestinian residents – for several weeks this spring, well before the scandal of contaminated water effected the lives of Jewish residents, tens of thousands of Palestinian Jerusalemites had no regular supply of water.

      • amigo
        amigo on May 28, 2014, 3:19 pm

        I had seen that Emily Hauser article earlier but it is behind a pay wall so I did not to read the whole article.

        However it is nice to see More and more Jews calling Israel out for it,s actions.Let,s hope it increases exponentially.

  5. charlesfrith
    charlesfrith on May 28, 2014, 12:48 pm

    How dare they pick fruit on stolen land

  6. Taxi
    Taxi on May 28, 2014, 1:36 pm

    Boko zio.

  7. Walid
    Walid on May 28, 2014, 2:29 pm

    From B’tselem via Maan:

    • Taxi
      Taxi on May 28, 2014, 2:39 pm

      Nice day for child abduction – business as usual in the unholy land.

    • philweiss
      philweiss on May 28, 2014, 4:51 pm

      Thanks Walid, sticking it in

    • Kay24
      Kay24 on May 28, 2014, 4:58 pm

      The IDF are dam_ cowards…they arrest little girls who picked cherries from some illegal settler’s cherry trees, drag little kids out of their beds in the middle of the night, and shoot at young kids from afar killingthem. Every time their ego is deflated, they must pounce on unarmed civilians, to make themselves feel they have the power over them, and show how “tough” they are.

    • annie
      annie on May 28, 2014, 5:47 pm

      it’s almost unbelievable. we never see this for settlers who take down whole trees and steal all the olives, never. and they take little girls. it’s inconceivable. i’m speechless.

    • Daniel Rich
      Daniel Rich on May 29, 2014, 12:01 am

      @ Walid,

      Thanks for the vid.

    • ritzl
      ritzl on May 29, 2014, 11:50 am

      Let’s see… a couple of middle-aged male cops who have shown themselves to be without morals (by the basic act of arresting the girls in the first place for “trespassing” on land stolen from their families; i.e. perverts) load up three scared pre-teen girls into a truck without adult or parental accompaniment and cart them off to some undisclosed location…

      Speaking as a free person, if these were my kids hauled off like this and there was one little mark on them when they got home, someone would be held accountable in biblical terms. But Palestinians are not free and this is so painful to watch. I can’t imagine what it’s like to live it, daily.

      And look at the determination on the accuser’s face. These girls will be singled out and PUNISHED!

      Yep. “Brand Israel” all right. Sick. Hell, exported sickness.

      Thanks Walid/Maan/B’Tselem for the context.

  8. karendevito
    karendevito on May 28, 2014, 2:39 pm

    Ugh. Stories like this make me feel like hiding under the blankets.
    Terrorising little girls who ate a few cherries.
    Yes, the news is otherwise full of violence but this one gets me, even though the girls were not harmed physically. I can;t even complete what I wanted to say about it.
    Psychological terror. That is all.
    I weep for humanity.

    • Taxi
      Taxi on May 28, 2014, 3:14 pm

      If you understood Arabic, you would have heard a small trembling whimper by one of the girls being led away:”Where are we going – where are we going… where are we going?”

      None of the other girls answered. I have no doubt they were muted by terror.

      Helpless rabbits in a zio terror lab. That’s what I thought when I heard such a small voice full of so much insecurity and fear.

      This is not about cherries. This is about child abduction and child abuse hiding behind a cherry leaf.

      • philweiss
        philweiss on May 28, 2014, 4:58 pm

        Taxi please let me know of any other phrases that you heard in the video.
        I hear, in English, They’re just girls.
        And of course that is the great Ezra Nawi with the camera, all thru the video.

      • Taxi
        Taxi on May 29, 2014, 1:22 am

        A couple of things were said by the girls once inside the vehicle – stuff like ‘sit closer/make room for her’ – or something to that effect: spoken hurriedly, meekly. I’d need to watch it again to get more accuracy, but that would be tantamount to stabbing my eyeballs with a fork, Phil. No thanks, I don’t want to watch the video again: creepy, surreal-horror, and just too cruel. Someone else will have to add to the girls’ translation. Walid (where art thou?)? He’s also by far a better Arabic speaker than me.

        I couldn’t even get through the whole video. I’d seen enough already by the time they piled the girls into the car and slammed the door shut.

        It’s profoundly abhorrent that my tax dollars are funding this level of child abuse and trauma. Unbearable…

      • Walid
        Walid on May 29, 2014, 3:52 am

        Taxi, it was equally hard for me because of the particular Palestinian accent of the little girls through the noise on the film as if a helicopter is hovering right over their heads; it looks like the video was somehow edited with noise added by the bad guys to mask the dialogue. I was only able to make out half a dozen commands by the police of “come here” and “go over there” and “get inside the car” and a man telling the girls to not say anything without a lawyer being present with one of the girls in the group answering him that they don’t want to piss-off the police. I would have thought that the police would have rushed off with the 4 girls instead of just hanging around there and seemingly enjoying being filmed by 2 cameras. I guess we couldn’t tell if the police actually drove off with the girls or simply held them there in the car for a while to scare the daylight out of them before releasing them. Either way, it’s monstrous to do that to kids. The police did not look as aggressive as the settler that was standing there as if waiting for his pound of flesh. I noticed that the police did not touch the 4 girls or any of the other ones that were with them. Police probably more scared of what the settler could do to them than of the little girls.

  9. Shmuel
    Shmuel on May 28, 2014, 3:23 pm

    You can’t make this stuff up

    No, I guess not. Squatters from an illegal outpost (even by Israel’s illegal standards), illegally sitting on private Palestinian land (even by Israel’s illegal standards) actually demand that soldiers (there to escort Palestinian school children, because the violence to which these kids are regularly subjected by squatters at the very same illegal outposts is too much even for the Israeli occupation authorities) arrest four Palestinian girls “for theft”, because they supposedly picked some cherries?!

    • Walid
      Walid on May 29, 2014, 3:57 am

      I’m willing to bet that those settler cherries will never be as good as the ones they used to eat in Brooklyn. Serves them right.

  10. chammond
    chammond on May 28, 2014, 4:05 pm

    I wonder how many cherries it would take to make up for all the fruit trees destroyed at the Tent of Nations. What hypocrisy!

  11. just
    just on May 28, 2014, 6:01 pm

    Many thanks to Ilene Cohen, B’tselem, Maan, and Ezra Nawi for exposing this horrible event/harassment of/instillation of fear in children.

    tick tock.

  12. eljay
    eljay on May 28, 2014, 8:13 pm

    >> Soldiers detain four Palestinian schoolgirls– aged 11 to 15 — for picking settlers’ cherries

    Captain Israel would be proud.

  13. a blah chick
    a blah chick on May 28, 2014, 9:06 pm

    I first read this story at 972 Mag and the usual insane detractors were out in force. First it was vehemently denied that the story every happened. When the story proved to be true one of the hasbarists fell back on putting on as best a gloss as they could, which meant not dealing with the facts.

    “Upon a criminal complaint and threat of violence, the police intervened.”

    Who made the complaint and who threatened violence?

    “The juveniles were escorted to the police station to give their own side of the story and they did that happily. The girl with the white/purple headscarf even blossomed and smiled when she started to tell her story.”

    Did you get that? She BLOSSOMED at the police station!

    ” This should be a good teaching material in police academies on how to handle children excellently!”

    Truly, there is no hope for these people.

    • Walid
      Walid on May 29, 2014, 8:58 am

      Just saw the blossoming you are talking about in a Mayadeen report. It said that the girls were held there under the scorching sun by the settlers for 3 hours until the police arrived to take them to the police station where they were questioned for a couple of hours before being let go. The girl you mentioned was chirping away in telling her story to the journalists. A mini version of that other dynamo, Haneen Zoabi.

      From a blah chik’s +972 story:

      … Atty. Gaby Lasky, who is representing the minors, spoke with police on the phone and she was told that the 11 year old and another girl, who apparently has learning and speech disabilities, were released once their parents were contacted. The two others were being held for questioning.

      “I have a murder and manslaughter cases that they haven’t questioned the suspects for over a year, but [these girls] need to be interrogated immediately, and without the presence of their parents,” Lasky said.

      If the girls were Jewish, it would be illegal for the police to question them without the presence of their parents.

      A request for comment was sent to the police and IDF spokespersons. We will update this article if and when they respond.

      Update: According to B’Tselem, the two remaining girls were being released “

  14. Talkback
    Talkback on May 29, 2014, 6:05 am

    ROFL. Zionists accusing Palestinians of agricultural theft. You just gotta love them.

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