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A radical scene unfolded Friday after Israeli forces intercepted the weekly protest in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, Palestine against the illegal confiscation of their land and spring. The courageous actions of the Tamimi women of Nabi Saleh rescuing their captured child spread immediately on social media after the UK’s Daily Mail published a series of breathtaking photographs taken at the scene. The event was captured on video by Bilal Tamimi and Roya News TV.

As a masked and armed Israeli soldier chases down a hillside you can hear voices yelling, then the unmistakable sound of a screaming child. The boy appears in view as he turns to face the soldier. Screaming, the boy pivots then rushes past the soldier and up the hill through a mass of boulders as the soldier finally catches up with the boy and captures him. Placing the boy in a chokehold the soldier forces the struggling child over a bolder as cameras close in on the scene and record what’s happening. What follows, captured on video and camera, is a sight to behold.

The boy has a cast on his left arm. Every move the soldier makes, briefly loosening his chokehold before tightening his grip again, I wince at the thought of the boy’s arm and throat. The soldier looks exhausted and somewhat bewildered as the camera pans in on his face (1:13). As the camera pans out you can see the child struggling as the soldier tightens his grip on the child’s neck. One wonders, what threat does this child pose for the soldier? His bravery perhaps, did he throw a stone with his un-cast arm at Goliath?

The struggling continues over the wild screams of the boy. The soldier, ironically gasping for breath, yells out at the top of his lungs – calling for assistance from his comrade forces – unable to pull off this arrest of the boy on his own. He adjusts his rifle, pulls back the boy’s good arm and shoves the boy’s face towards the boulder, then stands and tries lifting the boy up from under the child’s armpits as the boy’s arms and cast fly into the air he lets out a painful scream. The soldier struggles to contain the squirming writhing boy who’s wildly kicking his legs into the air. The soldier is not up for this mission. He’s getting taken to task by a little boy. And that was before the Tamimi women of Nabi Saleh descended on the soldier.

Determined lionesses intent on rescue, showing no hesitation or fear whatsoever, they courageously plunge down on the soldier, pulling him off the child (2:05). He thrusts them off and struggle ensues, he tackles the boy again as women and girls proceed yanking his limbs, beating his head, biting him, slapping him (while the soldier is yelling for backup), mounting his back, putting a chokehold on his neck, ripping his mask and finally tearing it off his face, unmasking him completely (2:52). Other soldiers enters into the scene and rescue him from the Tamimi women of Nabi Saleh. The boy is bravely fighting him off the whole time.

Note the last scene of the video. The humiliated, defeated soldier draws a teargas canister, arms it, and throws it to the ground. This is an act of pure punishment and spite, reminiscent of the famous video of the UC Davis pepper-spray incident, which resulted in a wide-scale investigation. If there is ever a security reason for using teargas, this certainly is not such an occasion. Will the soldier face any consequences for this abuse of civilians’ rights?

Women and children of Nabi Saleh ambush and unmask armed Israeli soldier attempting to capture a child (photo: AFP/Getty)

Tamimi women and children of Nabi Saleh ambush and unmask armed Israeli soldier attempting to capture their child (photo: AFP/Getty)

Many more photos here.

Roya News TV (Arabic) reports the child’s mother and some of the village womens’ quick response “reflects the steadfastness of the Palestinian women, and heroism in defense of their land and homeland”. They also reported “Israeli occupation forces arrested two Palestinian youths, during clashes dozens of others were injured with bruises and cases of suffocation.”:

(Google translate)

The Israeli occupation forces suppressed the march, which began after Friday prayers in the village, heading towards the confiscated areas of Nabi Saleh land.

In a statement, the Palestinian Popular Resistance Movement in the village said that Israeli soldiers attacked the march and had fired tear gas and bullets and sound towards participants.

As it heaped Israeli soldiers with rifle butts on the Palestinians, wounding seven of them injured.

Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is a mom, a human rights activist, and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area and likes to garden. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  1. echinococcus on August 28, 2015, 9:51 pm

    Not only the courage of these women in taking on a soldier with the submachine-gun at the ready was so remarkable, managing at the same time, as they did, to do it without a bloodbath was even more difficult. Keeping the men out of the fray wasn’t enough; twice during the melee and once at the end it was touch and go.

    • Kathleen on August 29, 2015, 11:48 am

      There would have more than likely been a very different outcome if the people with cameras had not been there. Documentation of what has been taking place for decades to the Palestinians by Israeli soldiers etc has changed the equation..

      What a horrific and pathetic scene a grown man with a choke hold around a 12 year old. All on land that belongs to the Palestinians being illegally occupied by this coward and the shameful Israeli military and government. Clearly Israel does not want a two state solution or peace of any kind.

      • niass2 on September 1, 2015, 9:35 am

        Peace of any kind? Not exactly, how about total submission and extinction.

    • OneThatGotAway on August 30, 2015, 3:31 pm

      Thank God for the video cameras. Every Palestinians should carry a video camera phone with them whenever there’s a Israeli soldier nearby.

  2. mariapalestina on August 28, 2015, 10:14 pm

    I doubt very much this boy threw a stone. His father, Bassem, is well known for leading non-violent resistance in Nabi Saleh, and members of the Tamimi family have been targeted before. Bassem and Narriman’s daughter stands out in a crowd because of her long blond braids, and we saw her previously standing up to Israeli soldiers as they arrested her mother. Bassem was my house guest during his last visit to Southern California, and he is due to leave Palestine for a speaking tour in other parts of the U.S. I hope the Israelis won’t arrest him (again) to prevent his leaving.

    • a blah chick on August 29, 2015, 7:22 am

      I thought the girl looked familiar.

    • annie on August 29, 2015, 8:55 am

      maria, yes of course i know who bassem tamimi is and have written about him and his family many times over the years.

      as an aside, here is another video — could be the same child. although it says he is 11 in 2011 and this kid definitely does not look 11 in this video below. look at the way he is lifted in the seat, clearly much younger than 11.

      • Kathleen on August 29, 2015, 11:54 am


      • Bumblebye on August 29, 2015, 8:17 pm

        Annie – Manal Tamimi’s fb, 29 Aug at 21.50 – all Tamimi women who participated in boy’s rescue to be arrested!

      • Bumblebye on August 29, 2015, 8:28 pm

        Latest post (35mins) Israelis invading the village.

    • Kathleen on August 29, 2015, 10:14 pm

      What did the kid do? What type of law official puts a choke hold around a kids neck?

  3. Xpat on August 28, 2015, 11:11 pm

    The soldier attacking the boy with the broken arm calls out (to other soldiers): “send someone over to me”. And then, to one of the protesters: “leftists (i.e. Israeli Jewish solidarity activists) are trash.”

    • oldgeezer on August 28, 2015, 11:31 pm

      “And then, to one of the protesters: “leftists (i.e. Israeli Jewish solidarity activists) are trash.”

      Says the masked coward abusing an already injured child. What a sick society.

      • pabelmont on August 29, 2015, 6:43 am

        Bad soldier man? Now, now, just doing his job, I’m sure.

        Question is: who defined that job? Who trained the soldier? Who invented the stupid mask? What dreadful thing happened after or because the mask came off? Who decided to suppress marches (and without the suppression there’d be nothing for the TV to show, nio tumult, nothing!)

        I guess such scenes could be called: THE MASK COMES OFF ZIONISM.

      • gracie fr on August 29, 2015, 3:42 pm

        Jeff Halper’s main conclusion is disturbing. Israel, he says, is globalising Palestine. Halper argues that Israel is cashing in – both financially and diplomatically – on systems of control it has developed in the occupied territories. It is exporting its know-how to global elites keen to protect their privileges from both external and internal challengers. Halper’s book, entitled War Against the People, due out next month, suggests that Israel provides a unique window on some of the most important recent developments in what he terms “securocratic warfare”.
        The book’s central thesis emerged as he tried to understand why tiny Israel hits way beyond its weight. Today, Israel’s growing influence, Halper claims, reflects its positioning of itself at the heart of the rapidly burgeoning “global pacification” industry, advising and assisting militaries, police forces and homeland security agencies around the world.

        Welcome to the future…..

    • a blah chick on August 29, 2015, 7:38 am

      “The soldier attacking the boy with the broken arm calls out (to other soldiers): “send someone over to me”. And then, to one of the protesters: “leftists (i.e. Israeli Jewish solidarity activists) are trash.”

      I’m sure he got reemed by his buddies in the mess hall later, not to mention his CO. I’m pretty sure he was violating procedure by getting into this situation…and he went viral!

      IDF manhood has taken a hit and there will be repercussions.

      • Kathleen on August 29, 2015, 11:57 am

        A grown man putting a choke hold on a young boy…now that is trash move. Shameful

  4. Krendall Mist on August 28, 2015, 11:12 pm

    I do not see “courageous lionesses.” I see desperation and outrage. And that child — the IDF thug is not a man. He is a monster from a nightmare.

  5. Kris on August 28, 2015, 11:34 pm

    Brave Israeli soldier, going after an unarmed little boy with a broken arm.

    I suppose the IDF soldiers wear the masks because they don’t want to be identified, since they are committing war crimes. So glad the women tore off this criminal’s mask. His face is now all over the internet.

    • RoHa on August 29, 2015, 6:28 am

      For most Westerners, the mask will immediately brand the soldier as the villain. Masks are worn by people who do not want to be part of the community. Not only does a mask make the wearer unidentifiable, it also conceals the wearer’s facials expressions. It is a refusal to communicate. It is a rejection of the rest of us. And it is the standard mark of the criminal.

      (This, I think, is one of the reasons why the niqab and the burka evoke such strong responses in Westerners.)

      • CigarGod on August 29, 2015, 9:48 am

        USA cops and their sunglasses serve the same purpose. They should be outlawed.

      • Xpat on August 29, 2015, 11:59 pm

        Interesting observations. Elite police routinely hide their faces. It adds to the mystique. This mask is bizarre. Looks like somebody made a hash of turning a hair net into underwear and then this soldier stuck his head in it. Maybe it’s the heaviest thing they can wear on their faces in Palestine’s summer heat, so they make do.

      • bintbiba on August 30, 2015, 4:51 pm

        Those women could have easily pulled at the mask that was around his neck … yet they did not !

        They could have killed him and the result would have been a bloodbath .

        So now they’ll be arrested for the umpty-umpteenth time . That won’t stop them next time.
        Their cause is the just one ! They are defending THEIR LAND ….not some fictitious mythology.

        Annie Thanks for your great work.

    • Kris on August 30, 2015, 9:43 pm

      From “A Picture of a Headlock That’s Worth a Thousand Words, ” by Anshel Pfeffer in haaretz :

      Actually, looking again at the picture, there is one other detail which you wouldn’t have seen a few years ago. The soldier is trying to conceal his identity behind a badly constructed mask. Until very recently, you almost never saw servicemen in the West Bank covering their faces while trying to suppress riots.

      This isn’t for fear of being hauled in front of an international court – those tribunals never indict anyone beneath the level of senior commander. And while the soldier belongs to an elite battalion, it isn’t a special forces unit that needs to preserve its members anonymity.

      The mask is proof that the Palestinian stage managing, the dozens of cameras and the results immediately uploaded to YouTube, and in cases like this also broadcast in the media, are taking their toll. Whatever these men and their immediate commanders are telling themselves, the true underlying reason more soldiers are covering their faces is shame.

      They know our politicians have put them in an impossible situation where they can never win. No decent person, no matter his politics, wants to go home for Shabbat and see himself online manhandling children and women.

      Today’s young soldiers are by now a third generation enforcing an occupation that is eating away at our army and our society. Perhaps their shame will one day motivate them to demand real solutions from the politicians.
      read more:

      • RoHa on August 30, 2015, 10:49 pm


        One of the pictures shows the soldier ready to punch a woman in the face. She has her hand up to ward off the blow, but there is not fear on her face. She glares at him, angry and defiant. But apparently he didn’t hit her. I would dearly like to believe that he suddenly felt a bit of shame, or some similar scrap of human decency emerged at the last moment. I suspect, though, that when he saw her expression he just lost his nerve.

      • echinococcus on August 31, 2015, 1:57 am

        More like he felt the cameras taking him in.

  6. Shingo on August 28, 2015, 11:48 pm

    Yes, it’s interesting how vulnerable these cowards suddenly become when they are unmasked. I don’t know how these women or onlooker refrained from grabbing a rock and smashing his face with it.

  7. zaid on August 29, 2015, 1:02 am

    Today’s lesson:

    You don’t miss with the Tamimis

  8. zaid on August 29, 2015, 2:25 am

    Thanx Annie

    I think you shouldnot link to the daily mail since the article is horrible.
    there are other sources

    • annie on August 29, 2015, 3:07 am

      the article may be horrible but the photos are great. not only that zaid, while the mirror as over 400 shares, the daily mail has over 21k shares. i think, as my text reveals,this spread immediately on social media after the UK’s Daily Mail published a series of breathtaking photographs taken at the scene.

      sorry ;)

      • Tchoupitoulas on August 31, 2015, 11:34 pm

        Coverage on this now at Vox and CNN, and Wapo, with a link to MW.

      • annie on September 1, 2015, 12:35 am

        as it should be Tchoupitoulas

    • Rodneywatts on August 29, 2015, 3:56 am

      Greetings zaid! Unfortunately the whole occupation is horrible and Annie is to be really thanked for her picking up so quickly on ckg’s comment at 1.30pm yesterday ckg gave the Mirror link as well as the the Mail. ( Actually Annie, I was amazed at the speed you must have worked to produce this article).

      Also, from the consideration of effectiveness of news dissemination, the Mail article will reach an important part of our British conservative electorate — ‘cons with a conscience’– and thereby affect opinions of more rightwing incliners. This reporting is another illustration of how far relatively our right wing is left of even the American Democrats. Thanks again Annie.

    • Marnie on August 29, 2015, 4:21 am

      “The Israeli soldier is said to have put the young boy in a headlock at gunpoint following a march against Palestinian land confiscation to expand the Jewish Hallamish settlement in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh”

      This is the caption of a photo showing the IDF thug with his weapon in one hand and the boy in a chokehold with the other. What is wrong with the writers at the Daily Mail? Is it a case of a mistake, the wrong caption for this picture, or is it trying to convince a person with functioning eyesight not to believe what they’re seeing?

    • ckg on August 29, 2015, 7:21 am

      Having read the Daily Mail article within minutes after it was first posted, I can attest that the its substance and tone have changed considerably for the worse since then. Initially it was similar to the Palestian-sympathetic Mirror’s version.

      • Bumblebye on August 29, 2015, 7:35 am

        Daily Mail, it must be remembered, has Melanie (Mad Mel) Phillips as a columnist. Israel can do no wrong! Sympathy towards Palestinians is anti-semitism!

      • michelle on August 29, 2015, 3:05 pm

        seems like to too many justice is anti-whateverism
        G-d Bless

    • ckg on August 29, 2015, 7:38 am

      The original Daily Mail headline was “Extraordinary moment that desperate Palestinian women fought and BIT an Israeli soldier after he put boy with a broken arm in a headlock at gunpoint.” (I copied it verbatim.) But now it is some nonsense about Ahed being a “Pallywood” star. Appalling.

      • ckg on August 29, 2015, 8:02 am

        The Daily Mail url is …/article-3214441/Remarkable-moment-young-girl-bites-Israeli-soldier-two-women-overpower-puts-Palestinian-boy-broken-arm-headlock-gunpoint-clashes-West-Bank.html

      • annie on August 29, 2015, 9:19 am

        ckg, this is exactly right. i didn’t actually start working on the article after you posted although i did tweet it (primarily because i had just finished writing this other article which (really) i had been working on for several days after many drafts and i hope everyone reads it because there’s more to it than merely congressperson asks for investigation because i mention the implications of the trial which other article do not ) . anyway, adam sent me the daily mail link hours later and i got right on it) and in that email url you can see the old headline. here it is absent the beginning:


        it is almost worth another article exposing how the story was changed. and the absurdity of claiming the soldier was provoked into doing this.

        can one imagine a mainstream news source calling holocaust movies jewywood? the events we are watching are real. obviously the reason they get caught on camera so much is because they have a lot of demonstrations because of their land. so of course the soldiers break up those demonstrations weekly. i guess this is what you get when you steal someone’s land. unless they roll over and play dead and surrender they protest it for years and years.

      • ckg on August 29, 2015, 9:38 am

        Thanks, annie. I posted the links on your McCollum post because I knew you were actively reading the comments. I often find breaking news articles on I/P that I don’t have the opportunity to comment on or just seem off topic. Can you suggest a Mondoweiss email address that people can send breaking news links to for editorial review? Or is the twitter account better for that?

      • annie on August 29, 2015, 10:19 am

        ckg, can you write me at [email protected] this morning? — soon?

        also, i don’t want to sound too flaky but often times when i am reading comments i am clearing them at the same time and often i don’t do that from the page the comment is on, it’s on another page where they all land together. so i frequently don’t recall which thread a comment originated on or sometimes the context in which it originated. i read so many in a day they sometimes just .. blend. it’s my brain, i think i am getting old!

      • Mooser on August 29, 2015, 12:00 pm

        Ah, the digital age, where an article can be edited after it’s published, in accord with feedback. If it doesn’t get the reaction you want, or gets the wrong reaction from the right people, change it.

      • ckg on August 29, 2015, 12:23 pm

        And the really sad part is you have thousands of Palestinian sympathizers who are sharing the original Daily Mail article, “Read this!”, but when their friends open the link they are now greeted with a “Pallywood” headline.

      • michelle on August 29, 2015, 3:19 pm

        i agree MW should consider posting about the DM orig. posting and the changed posting
        people should see this and it would make a much better share
        G-d Bless

  9. michelle on August 29, 2015, 3:20 am

    once again
    it’s cool and it sucks to have proof
    G-d Bless

  10. ivri on August 29, 2015, 4:48 am

    Well, this clearly represents a state of desperation – when only extreme demagoguery and propaganda is the last thing left in trying to save a ruined cause.
    I am impatiently waiting for the next piece in the sequel: A courageous Palestinian teenager girl grabs a glass from a soldier who brags that he drinks the blood of a Palestinian baby

    • Shingo on August 29, 2015, 8:21 am

      It’s always a good idea to wait until you a sober before posting a comment Ivri, unless you want to continue to be regarded as an infantile half wit

    • eljay on August 29, 2015, 8:53 am

      || ivri: Well, this clearly represents a state of desperation – when only extreme demagoguery and propaganda is the last thing left in trying to save a ruined cause. … ||

      And yet you and Zio-supremacists like you keep trying to save the ruined cause of Zio-supremacism*. How sad. :-(
      (*A ruin of justice, morality and equality since its inception.)

    • ckg on August 29, 2015, 9:14 am

      I am impatiently waiting for the next piece in the sequel: A courageous Palestinian teenager girl grabs a glass from a soldier who brags that he drinks the blood of a Palestinian baby

      I am sure you are not drinking blood, ivri, but it’s probably time you put down your glass for the evening.

    • annie on August 29, 2015, 9:38 am

      A courageous Palestinian teenager girl grabs a glass from a soldier who brags that he drinks the blood of a Palestinian baby

      ivri, please explain how is this analogous to what you’re seeing in the video recorded yesterday? the events are real are they not? there is no mischaracterization of the soldier in my text. if there is please copy and paste. the implication of ” brags that he drinks the blood of a Palestinian baby” is that someone actually filmed a soldier bragging about drinking blood.

      the soldier is not acting in the video above. the women did what women do when you take their children away. it’s not a sophie’s choice here and i will explain why.

      sophie’s choice is historical fiction, a literary genre . it was created from a novel (make believe). it sprang forth from someone’s imagination given the real nature of the factual circumstances occurring during that era.

      for the conceptually challenged this can present difficulties, distinguishing between fact from fiction. what you are watching above is fact. if you don’t believe me try asking the soldier. whereas had the clip involved an actor playing the part of the soldier who then cut the child’s heart out and drank his blood that would not be factual. can you understand the difference?

      now take a few breaths, calm yourself, and try to grasp the difference between fact and fiction. i know you can do it. just try.

      • RoHa on August 30, 2015, 7:33 pm

        Annie, are you seriously trying to get a Zionist to distinguish fact from fiction?

      • annie on August 30, 2015, 9:29 pm

        you mean this:

        sophie’s choice is historical fiction, a literary genre . it was created from a novel (make believe). it sprang forth from someone’s imagination given the real nature of the factual circumstances occurring during that era.

        for the conceptually challenged this can present difficulties, distinguishing between fact from fiction.

        no, i was merely demonstrating my versatility in the field of derogatory snark/humor.

    • amigo on August 29, 2015, 10:29 am

      “Well, this clearly represents a state of desperation – when only extreme demagoguery and propaganda is the last thing left in trying to save a ruined cause. – See more at:” ivri

      Speaking of extreme desperation and lost causes and demagoguery.

      “God is on Israel’s side, but not the United States, says Israel’s new U.N. ambassador – See more at:” Danon

      It doesn,t get much more desperate than that, eh ivri.

      Hey, are you listning up there???.ivri needs help.Please send a copy of the deeds and the contract down.The originals , if you please.Oh and don,t forget to sign and date and stamp with your official seal.

      Reply from God,s Foreign affairs dept!!.

      Stop using my name in vain.I made no such deal.

      • ckg on August 29, 2015, 12:54 pm

        Hey, are you listning up there???.ivri needs help.

        I suspect ivri is sound asleep by now, hopefully with a bottle of aspirin at his bedside.

    • Mooser on August 29, 2015, 12:09 pm

      Lookin’ gooooood, “Irvi”! Way to show us what the new Zionist man is made of.

      • amigo on August 29, 2015, 1:16 pm

        “Mooser , Lookin’ gooooood, “Irvi”! Way to show us what the new Zionist man is made of.”

        Check the third image.That,s ivri standing in the background thinking to himself??.

        Screw this BS .Those women / children look mighty tough.I am staying out of it and besides that fool is probably an Orthodox Jew so let him take care of himself.

      • Mooser on August 29, 2015, 1:30 pm

        “amigo”, I have no idea what, if any, denomination “Irvi” subscribes to.

      • eljay on August 29, 2015, 2:14 pm

        || Mooser: Lookin’ gooooood, “Irvi”! … ||

        Is he prancing about in his Captain Israel outfit again?

      • Keith on August 29, 2015, 3:31 pm

        ELJAY- “Is he prancing about in his Captain Israel outfit again?”

        How could I pass up the opportunity to post a link to “Israel Man and Diaspora Boy”?

      • RoHa on August 30, 2015, 10:56 pm
  11. Kay24 on August 29, 2015, 7:52 am

    They were very brave to take on a masked thug with a weapon. He learned very fast that he could not mess with these women. That poor kid looked terrified, and I can only imagine how his arm might have been hurt in this.

    I think the first picture is ideal for a billboard somewhere, showing the brutality of Israel.

    • RobertB on August 30, 2015, 3:57 pm


      “I think the first picture is ideal for a billboard somewhere, showing the brutality of Israel.”

      This is a great suggestion….. and a billboard in every US city, and near colleges/university campuses, malls….etc….

      • Kay24 on August 30, 2015, 10:43 pm

        We should have billboards all over the country, showing exactly what Israel is, and how their armed forces operate, and treat unarmed civilians especially women and children.
        It is time they were shown the real story.

      • mariapalestina on August 31, 2015, 12:51 am

        Speaking of billboards all over the country… Alison Weir and If Americans Knew have erected dozens of billboards all over the country, mostly protesting the billions of dollars the U.S. gives to Israel. Perhaps somebody should suggest Alison put this photograph of the Tamimi women and the masked IDF soldier on a billboard. Or maybe JVP might want to do it.

      • annie on August 31, 2015, 5:43 am

        Speaking of billboards all over the country

        we covered it

  12. a blah chick on August 29, 2015, 8:07 am

    You have to hand it to the Times of Israel:

    “Palestinian women, kids attack IDF soldier trying to arrest boy”

    A sample of the spin:

    “The IDF said it arrested two other Palestinians who threw stones, but that the commanding officer called off the arrest of the boy because of the “violent confrontation.”

    A violent confrontation with a bunch of unarmed women and girls. Also the crazies are suggesting that the video is a hoax using an actor dressed up like a soldier. Whatever.

    • Shingo on August 29, 2015, 8:22 am

      I fail to see how the video can be spun as a hoax. Are they suggesting the IDF thug was not really and Israeli?

      • a blah chick on August 29, 2015, 10:10 am

        By way of explanation here are just a sample of the comments at the Daily Mail:

        “Have none of you read this article? This image is being claimed as a fake, please go and educate yourselves at least. Go and google Palestinian staged videos”

        “Palestinian propaganda. They wanted the soldier to fire his gun.”

        “why several men just standing aroound the idf soldiers taking pictures? ”

        “Maybe those mothers should have taught their children better manners. If you were in the US and throwing stones at the heads of cops or military, do you think they would just walk away?”

        I’m seeing two strains of thought in the Zionist commenters: that the film was staged or that the army showed remarkably restraint in not shooting unarmed women and girls. They staged it bu provoking the soldier. Pathetic.

      • Shingo on August 29, 2015, 7:22 pm

        Thanks ABC.

        The bots clearly have no idea how these comments say more about them and their ideology than they do Palestinians.

        They love their motorized goal posts. The fact the event was photographed and video taped means it was stages. If there had been no one taking pictures, they would have denied it happened.

  13. ckg on August 29, 2015, 8:52 am

    These photos are instantly iconic. Even the Wall Street Journal and the Telegraph can’t resist publishing them.

  14. amigo on August 29, 2015, 9:19 am

    Here is how David Millward of the telegraph put,s the blame on the Palestinians.

    “What triggered the clash is unclear, though tension has been increasing between Palestinians and the Israelis in the area and it is not unknown for young children to throw stones at the occupying forces. ” telegraph

  15. JimMichie on August 29, 2015, 9:42 am

    This is an everyday crime against humanity, in Palestine and in Israel, as terrorist Zionist “soldiers” claiming to be “Jewish” terrorize Palestinian children and their families! The objective: use of terrorism and fear to drive out all Palestinians from their own country and lands! These terrorists dressed as “soldiers” and their fascist “government” are the “chosen” to go to HELL!

  16. mariapalestina on August 29, 2015, 10:43 am

    If anyone has missed this Avaaz petition, over 600,000 have signed in barely three days, demanding a lifting of the Gaza Blockade. They hope for 1.8 million to represent the population of Gaza.

    • just on August 29, 2015, 11:00 am

      Signed, sealed, and delivered days ago. Thank you, mariapalestina! People~ please spread it all around.

  17. dsowd on August 29, 2015, 11:35 am

    I was dismayed to read the “Pallywood” accusation in the revised Daily Mail article. But then I watched the video, and one question came to mind immediately: WHY, pray tell, would an IDF soldier ever need to wear a mask???

    • zaid on August 29, 2015, 12:42 pm

      if you saw the video as you claim, you would have seen that they removed his mask in the end.

      and if you read the article as you claim you would have read that the IDF admitted the incident.

      • dsowd on August 29, 2015, 1:27 pm

        Indeed. But why would a soldier ever need to wear one in the first place? This is the first time I’ve ever seen a soldier disguising himself the way “settlers” do when they commit their crimes of uprooting olive trees, etc. He’s a SOLDIER — he can do whatever he wants, with impunity!

      • annie on August 29, 2015, 3:24 pm

        because photos last a long time and spread on social media. the person who shot and killed Mustafa Tamimi, we will never know his name. had the soldiers not been disguised someone could have taken footage earlier in the day. know who entered the back of the vehicle, you would be able to who tell killer was.

        who killed bassam Abu-Rahma? the list goes on and on. sometimes you can see a face, mostly not.

      • CigarGod on August 29, 2015, 5:59 pm

        Ive seen israelis in masks a lot. Probably here. Google images.

    • echinococcus on August 29, 2015, 1:25 pm

      Why would he wear a mask? Same reason as robbers going into a bank or killers in the street. His superiors know that he is committing a war crime and don’t want him identified.
      Perhaps they fear for his ability to travel to Europe. Or perhaps they expect that the resistance may one day start exacting retribution individually for the war crimes.

    • oldgeezer on August 29, 2015, 1:27 pm

      1. To protect the soldier from identification as they routinely commit crimes against innocent civilians.

      2. To intimidate those same innocent civilians as they hide behind their masks and military weaponry.

      • a blah chick on August 29, 2015, 1:33 pm

        I mean why should your European vacation be ruined because someone recognized you from Facebook?

      • dsowd on August 29, 2015, 2:02 pm

        But they’re rarely, if ever, PUNISHED for such crimes.

  18. Sulphurdunn on August 29, 2015, 11:40 am

    The truly culpable are those who made that young man into the kind of soldier he is, and whoever that was, it wasn’t a little boy and a bunch of women.

  19. Chu on August 29, 2015, 12:20 pm

    What an immoral people, and this is what bernie sanders is defending/protecting? I’d love for bernie to man up and talk candidly about Israel. If he wants to be president of the USA he should tell us where he stands. Come clean Bernie, let your followers know. Maybe someone can ask him in the next town hall meeting.

  20. zaid on August 29, 2015, 12:29 pm

    Another Viral Image for a palestinian refugee.

    this one is sad and it shows another palestinian group which no one talks about enough.
    including us palestinians

  21. Kris on August 29, 2015, 12:33 pm

    Just in, from the “child abuse by Israeli Jews” front:

    42 degrees Celsius is 107.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

    “Israel Leaves 80 Children at Mercy of August Sun”

    In one of its more widespread acts of demolition, the Civil Administration last week left 127 men, women and children without shelter in 42-degree-Celsius heat.

    Hudeifa crawls across the barren, rocky ground. She’s receding into the distance. Every so often, her father goes after her and brings her back to the only bit of shade in view, under the only tree in the area. Sometimes he even ties her leg to the tree trunk, to keep her from crawling away again.

    The 1-year-old baby is covered in dust from head to foot. She no longer has a home, a roof, not even a tent. Nor does her father, Ali Hussein Abdullah. Or any of the 24 members of her family, some of whom are also sheltering in the shade of the tree, along with chickens that survived the raid. They have nowhere else to go. Since personnel from the Civil Administration – Israel’s governing body in the West Bank – left their property in ruins last week, they no longer have a home, not even a tent, not even a water container. They sleep on this hard, rocky ground, under the tree.

    It was hot this week in the Jordan Rift; 42 degrees Celsius. But last week, when administration forces arrived to demolish and destroy, the valley was broiling hot. That was of no interest to the troops: They were just doing their job. Well, someone has to do the dirty work. Nor was the whole incident of any interest to the commanding officers or to those who dispatched them – the law-and-justice folks, the Civil Administration chiefs. They are part of a brutal and vicious mechanism that leaves no stone unturned in its efforts to uphold the laws of the occupation, and sees to it that every article of them, however minor, is rigorously enforced.

    And here’s the result: Hudeifa crawling across the sand under the blazing August sun of the Jordan Rift. A sweet baby who likes to suck her thumb, she has actually been homeless for more than a week. She’s one of 127 people suffering the same plight, 80 of them children and infants, in the two sites of last week’s devastation – in the Jordan Rift and next to the West Bank settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim, close to Jerusalem. Not by chance, of course: These are two of the three sites of Israel’s ethnic-cleansing efforts (the third is in the South Hebron Hills). These sites are meant to be annexed to Israel one day, to come under its sovereignty; until then, they need to be made ready, cleaned out.

    The Bedouin population in these areas is the weakest link, so naturally, they were chosen by the administration to bear the brunt of its malicious abuse. It’s all done under the law and by its enforcers, those bureaucrats of the occupation.

    The village of Fasayil is divided into three compounds, two of them built up. Between them is an area in which the Civil Administration doesn’t allow permanent homes to be built – so the people live in tents here, although that’s also prohibited. There’s an archaeological site on the other side of the sandstone trail that leads to the compound. To the south is the settlement of Tomer and to the north the settlement of Fasael, the Labor Party’s settlements of so-called consensus and legitimacy (“moshavim,” “kibbutzim”), which are, of course, perfectly legal.

    The children of the Abdullah family were still asleep last Tuesday morning when administration personnel rode in on 15 standard and two all-terrain vehicles. Their mission: to eradicate the homes. It took them about an hour. No especially heavy machinery was needed; tractors, their tread marks still visible in the earth, are enough when it comes to wrecking tents. Fourteen of the structures at the site – tents and shacks – were demolished, based on some incomprehensible logic. Why this tent but not that one; everyone here received a demolition order.

    Since then, Hudeifa and her family have been living under the tree. Several other families were made homeless, too. There’s a wrecked playpen, smashed black water containers and two refrigerators that survived the raid intact but are now standing useless under the pitiless sun.

    The International Red Cross quickly supplied two white tents, but aside from that, the residents here have been abandoned to their fate. Only a few women from the peace organization Machsom Watch, among them the activist Daphne Banai, have visited since the homes were razed. A new blue UNICEF schoolbag, donated ahead of the start of the school year, hangs on a fence. …

  22. edwardm on August 29, 2015, 2:10 pm

    I”D”F again shows itself to be the among preeminent pantywaists of the world. When it comes to fighting children, targeting civilians, murdering peace activists etc. we know just who to call – COWARDS WITH GUNS inc. who will deploy destroy and enjoy. Pathetic.

  23. for-peace on August 29, 2015, 3:18 pm

    I watched the first embedded video that captures the entire scene. It felt like watching a Woody Allen or Federico Fellini movie. Then it struck me as the symbolic depiction of the wider struggle. A soldier enjoying vast physical advantages pursuing what he is indoctrinated to do, as he struggles with his conscience that it does not feel right. The struggle of the doctrine and the conscience results in an ambivalent effort that veers along the edge, resulting in a somewhat farcical mess. Finally, the physically meek rise in numbers and exert their righteous will, relieving the soldier of the struggle. With this outside “help”, his conscience finally overcomes his indoctrination and he retreats in peace .

    I think the wider struggle is at about where the first couple of women arrive. Mondoweiss may be one of them.

    • Bumblebye on August 29, 2015, 4:47 pm

      From watching that video, it seemed to me that the “heroic” Israeli soldier spotted a potential victim he thought he’d be able to manage – a lone, injured young boy! Of course, if the child’s female family members hadn’t flocked to his aid, he might have succeeded in his attempted abduction.

      • ritzl on August 29, 2015, 9:38 pm

        “Abduction” is exactly what it is.



  24. NickJOCW on August 29, 2015, 3:51 pm

    There is increasing incidence drug use in the IDF. I just revisited the video with that in mind and it is seems to me quite likely the soldier was on something.

  25. mariapalestina on August 29, 2015, 5:26 pm

    I didn’t see this in the New York Times Magazine when it was published in 2013.

    “If there is a third intifada, we want to be the ones who started it.”

  26. a blah chick on August 29, 2015, 7:26 pm

    Word is that the Israelis are going to arrest everyone involved in the incident. So we,any see young Ahed marched off to prison before her thirteenth birthday.

    Hope for their sake they bring plenty of special forces.

    • Kris on August 29, 2015, 10:36 pm

      Arresting a mother, aunt, and sister for interfering with a masked Israeli soldier who is abusing a child with a broken arm is so typical of Israeli stupidity.

      Maybe Israel imagines that abusing children is good p.r., and that is why they would want to pour gasoline on the fire this story is creating?

      • echinococcus on August 29, 2015, 11:07 pm

        If you look at the history of the rise of the Nazis, you’ll see that during their recruitment / populist period maudlin sentimentality was on the fore, but it always went together with brutality. People that one did not recruit were attracted by the other. Then, with the first election, then the dissolution of Parliament, they gave priority to being in-your-face, unjustifiably brutal and cruel, with a mind-blowingly relentless petty-mindedness that even American Puritanism can hardly surpass. The message is: we mean business and don’t care if you love us.
        The Zionists are going through the same phase, since the early 1980s.

        As for “good PR”, it’s hard to tell if good or bad PR is better. ISIS is recruiting like crazy with the beheading videos, and Tsahal brutality and massacres have been recruiting clean-cut American boys en masse. Not to mention their parents.

    • echinococcus on August 29, 2015, 11:21 pm

      This may be the time to organize a really potent international campaign. After all, Ahed is not unknown She is the kid who threatened a Tsahal butcher with her fists, intervened to try and stop the arrest of Nariman, was awarded the Handhala prize for courage and received it in Istanbul in 2012, with a lot of publicity. She spoke at the events there and was very inspiring, for both kids and grown-ups. So there is a lot of material to use for a campaign to smash a lot of egg on Zionist faces.

      • a blah chick on August 30, 2015, 7:32 am

        God love her, and that Tweety Pie t-shirt.

  27. lonely rico on August 29, 2015, 7:29 pm

    >gracie fr

    advising and assisting militaries, police forces and homeland security agencies around the world.


  28. Froggy on August 30, 2015, 6:23 am

    Annie, look what I found.

    Don’t you just love the headline:

    Viral Video Shows IDF Soldier Beaten by Arab Women, Children

    By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz August 30, 2015 , 1:22 am

    “The LORD shall cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you will go out one way against them, but you will flee seven ways before them, and you will be an example of terror to all the kingdoms of the earth.” (Deuteronomy 28:25)

    A mob of Palestinian women are seen attacking an IDF soldier who was attempting to arrest a Palestinian youth for violent activity directed towards the army. (Photo: Video Screenshot)

    An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier was lightly injured in a mob attack by a group of Palestinian women as he tried to arrest a young Palestinian boy in the village of Nabi Saleh on Friday.

    The boy had been identified as being involved in a violent incident of rock-throwing against IDF soldiers. Upon attempting to arrest the boy, the soldier was set upon by the women of the village. The village has been the scene of many violent protests in the past, often instigated by left-wing agitators who are not residents.

    The struggle between the soldier and the Palestinian women was filmed and the video posted on YouTube. The officer decided not to arrest the boy as a result of the conflict with the people of the village.

    Yisrael Beytenu party leader Avigdor Liberman demanded that MK Tzahi Hanegbi (Likud) convene an urgent meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee to discuss the IDF’s rules of engagement for dealing with such confrontations.

    “We are talking about an incident which severely harms the deterrent capacity of the IDF,” Liberman said. “The pictures – which show an IDF soldier being hit by Palestinian women and children, and in the end giving up on (arresting) the rock-thrower who started the whole incident – broadcasts weakness and helplessness on the part of the IDF and Israel.”

    Liberman blamed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon for the situation.

    “Netanyahu and Yaalon’s conduct broadcasts to the soldiers of the IDF that they are fighting to defend the State of Israel without backup and without direction – and this is the result.”

    • echinococcus on August 30, 2015, 12:05 pm

      Don’t you love it? As if it wasn’t plain on the pictures that this is a 10-year-old with a broken business arm?
      Not that the Zionists ever were entirely logical, but the current bunch is surely certifiable.

      • Froggy on August 30, 2015, 5:59 pm

        Echinococcus :

        Israeli minister says IDF should have fired on unarmed Palestinian protesters for humiliating a soldier

        It’s not anti-semitism if the coward and bully one despises happens to be Jewish.

        If some other cowardly soldier attacked a child under the same circumstances had been of any other nationality/ethnicicity (ie gentile) I would have the same level of contempt I feel for this Israeli and the society whose values he represents.

        The actions speak for themselves, and under some circumstances, throwing stones is acceptable:

        Israeli soldier : “The end justifies the means.”

        Had she lived I wonder what Anne Frank would have said about all this.

      • echinococcus on August 31, 2015, 12:35 am

        It’s impossible to find any other frame of reference: even though I wasn’t around yet for most of the war, I grew up with it and with people left over from the Maquis who still had trouble believing they were around. The only thing I can think is it’s 1942 and the occupation again, as if nothing had happened in between. Never again my ass. All we can discuss here is perhaps-boycotts of post-67 produce only and similar bullshit, and oh, how to exclude any perhaps-part-antisemites and what was said about X or Y so we don’t offend the quasi-but-not-quite-Zionist guy who commands over some half-boycott operation here and in the evening calls Tel Aviv to have a cozy talk with his nephew, who may well be the fuckin goon in the picture.
        If the Israeli Minister says that, perhaps we should be able to say how come Mrs the Israeli Minister is still alive?

      • Froggy on August 31, 2015, 1:30 pm

        Echinococcus : “… I grew up with it and with people left over from the Maquis….”

        OMG! You’re French. I hadn’t picked up on that.

      • echinococcus on September 1, 2015, 12:01 am

        Not that simple. I am officially American but grew up here and there, mostly there, starting in Belleville. Don’t tell RoHa.

      • Froggy on September 1, 2015, 10:23 am

        Belleville. Sweet.

        Come home soon. If only to visit.

      • RoHa on September 1, 2015, 3:00 am

        I heard that.

  29. a blah chick on August 30, 2015, 7:41 am

    Offered without comment. From Arutz Sheva:

    Shameful: IDF Soldier Abandoned to Arab Mob
    Calls for emergency Knesset meeting after soldier filmed being beaten by Arab women and children; Liberman: Gov’t shows weakness.

    Unbelievable footage has emerged showing an IDF soldier being beaten by Arab women and children in the village of Nabi Salah, Samaria

    The video is already being seen by some as proof that the army is having its hands effectively tied, both by increasingly restrictive instructions on how to handle violent Palestinian rioters, as well as by insufficient backup from the political echelons against legal campaigns by leftist NGOs targeting IDF soldiers.

    Nabi Salah is a particularly extreme Palestinian Arab village, which also hosts large number of far-left foreign activists. Arab and foreign “activists” regularly stage provocations and violent riots targeting both nearby Jewish villagers and IDF forces.

    The video shows IDF soldiers responding to a riot on Friday, with one soldier detaining a juvenile rock-thrower. However, the situation quickly escalates as he is gradually surrounded by a crowd, largely consisting of screeching women and children.

    As the soldier calls for backup in dispersing the crowd, some of the women and youths begin punching and hitting him. Despite being armed and trained in hand-to-hand combat, he clearly feels unable to respond.

    Only after some time does another soldier arrive to disperse the crowd and extricate his colleague – who is forced to leave the rock-thrower behind.

  30. Mayhem on August 30, 2015, 8:28 am

    The lascivious pro-Palestinian paparazzi drooling at such a great photo opportunity.

    • echinococcus on August 30, 2015, 12:00 pm

      The inept Zionist goon exposing the real nature of Zionist “peace” for all to see, as well as the generosity of the Palestinians who let him go alive and unharmed –he sure didn’t deserve it.

    • CigarGod on August 30, 2015, 12:14 pm

      Hop right up there on my couch, dude. There’s a good boy. Now, let’s talk about the females in your life…starting with the humans…

      • Mooser on August 30, 2015, 1:04 pm

        Oh, no, not “lascivious” again!

      • gamal on August 30, 2015, 6:28 pm

        “Oh, no, not “lascivious” again!”

        oh be quiet man, i always stroke myself while reading M’hem, i am not proud of it but i can not help it, its where my Jew hobbyism intersects with my misogyny and backwardness.

        Are you blind, M’ahem, cant you see what went down, there is a limit to submission, those women will be your Nemesis, like the hundreds of thousands of their sisters, with their ticking time bomb demographic wombs.

    • echinococcus on August 30, 2015, 12:16 pm

      The video is already being seen by some as proof that the army is having its hands effectively tied, both by increasingly restrictive instructions on how to handle violent Palestinian rioters, as well as by insufficient backup from the political echelons against legal campaigns by leftist NGOs targeting IDF soldiers.

      Translating it into language Mayhem understands: “You’re tying our hands. We want to use machine guns for any and all civilian unrest, irrespective of arms in a cast or grandmothers or other excuses, forbid all movement to designated Palestinian areas, jail all lefties and, most important, kill anyone carrying a camera or a cell phone.”

      • a blah chick on August 30, 2015, 10:42 pm

        Shall we countdown to the “stab in the back” metaphor?

    • a blah chick on August 30, 2015, 12:47 pm

      Lascivious? I’ll have you know I gained NO, ahem, satisfaction from this episode!

      {Pats mouth discreetly with a tissue}

      • John O on August 30, 2015, 7:09 pm

        Tee hee!

    • John O on August 30, 2015, 7:13 pm

      “The lascivious pro-Palestinian paparazzi drooling at such a great photo opportunity.”

      Why has Chomsky’s famous example of a seemingly straightforward sentence that is actually nonsense spring to my mind? Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.

  31. edwardm on August 30, 2015, 9:39 pm

    Wrong word there.
    More like this for lascivious.
    or to summarize Israeli style lasciviousness
    The weenie being mildly overpowered by by unarmed women and girls scarcely qualifies for more than a chuckle. An emotional booboo?

  32. Kay24 on August 30, 2015, 10:48 pm

    This is how they should have apprehended the Jewish terrorists who burned the home of the Palestinian family, killing an innocent baby and his father. But wait, they have yet to arrest those vicious killers. Wow, the IDF is really an incompetent bunch, they only pick on little Palestinian kids.

  33. Curatica on August 30, 2015, 11:21 pm

    The cover photo is perfectly emblematic of the stranglehold that the Jewish state has applied on the Palestinian people for almost seventy years. The women’s action was an impressive act of courage. Notwithstanding what the oppressors may want, the Palestinians are still alive.

    Thank you for posting it!

  34. John O on August 31, 2015, 3:42 am

    The video has apparently had two million views on Facebook. That’s a lot of bad publicity.

    • RobertB on August 31, 2015, 4:23 pm

      I hope that it will reach twenty million views and more!!! Israel’s brutal IDF child killers need to be exposed to the American public, who seem to be drenched from the zionist controlled MSM propaganda machines….and all their versions.

      Just like Kay24 suggested …. Billboards with the first photo should be all over the US, in all cities, near college campuses, malls, highways…..etc….and with an internet link for people to watch this horrific video of an Israeli IDF child killer….choking a 12 year old Palestinian boy, who has a broken arm….

      What a sick…Apartheid zionist state…. and the broke American taxpayers are footing the bill $$$$ for these horrific crimes…day after day….. non-stop!!!

      • Marnie on September 1, 2015, 12:18 am

        Second that!

  35. mcohen. on September 1, 2015, 6:19 am

    when you go to the youtube link…this comment was in hebrew …you should read it…get a translation…sobering stuff

    יום יבוא ויבוא יומם של המחבלים אוהבת את צהל ואל נקמות ה הוא ינקום את ניקמתינו במחבלים שלובשים עור של כבש אבל הם זאב אל נקמות ה החייל ביצע מעצר בזורק אבנים על מכוניות של אזרחים ואז הנשים והאימות ביגלל שצהל מישתמש רק בעמצעים לפיזור הפגנות דחפו שמולנים ומצלמות ברגע המעצר ואז הוא רק ילד ילד אבל שזורק אבנים יבוא יומם של אלו והקבה יתן להם מידה כנגד מידה כי הם שולחים את ילדיהם ליזרוק אבנים על רכבים של אזרחים הסירטון לא כזה תמים כמו שהערבים צילמו יש גם את הצד שלנו אדל ביטון נירצחה כתוצאה מזירקת אבן על ראשה היא היתה רק תינוקת בת שלושה חודשים אז שלא ידברו איתי על ילדים כי ילדים כמהו זורקו אבנים ופגעו באדל הילדה המקסימה שלא היה כלום בכפה ילדה בתכמה חודשים לאומת זאת הילד הזה זורק אבנים כי אותם נשים שמרביצות לחייל שעוצר אותו הן שולחות אותו לבצע פיגועים וזריקת אבנים לא סתם יש שם חיילי צהל שהקבה

    • Mooser on September 1, 2015, 11:13 am

      Hey “mcohen”, one of these days you should try “screwing your courage to the sticking-point” and actually writing a complete sentence which says something clearly! Try it, you might feel better about yourself.

    • Froggy on September 2, 2015, 11:10 am


  36. niass2 on September 1, 2015, 9:28 am

    The soldier is a norpnipnink….While this video is instructional as to Isreali’s and their insane policies, the truth is that the soldier is a total dweeby looking dork. he looks like someone who doesn’t have a clue why he is there. he seems to almost not be in his right mind. But if that is a common Isreali soldier, no one in the world would be afraid. He’s a dweeby dork, pure and simple, and a confused childlike idiotic mean one at that. His mother should suspend his Game Boy Privileges and tell him to pick on someone his own size. He belongs in a sandbox, in diapers, not in an Army. Dork!!!! Show this to anyone in the US military so they can understand how stupid the Isrealis look in real life. Its worse than a Rambo remake.

  37. gamal on September 1, 2015, 11:23 am

    it could be The Great Insohreckshan, or Forces of Victry but in the end

    Fite Them Back seems most appropriate

  38. annie on September 1, 2015, 6:49 pm

    youtube has removed the video

    • Froggy on September 1, 2015, 7:34 pm

      It’s here, Annie.

      • annie on September 2, 2015, 7:11 pm

        thank you froggy. just saw this.

      • Froggy on September 2, 2015, 7:48 pm

        You are welcome. You do so much around here.

      • annie on September 3, 2015, 1:42 am

        it looks like the original video is working again up top in the article. unless someone replaced it w/a new link. either way thank you. and we all do a lot around here. ;) but yes, i’m dedicated. and it really wouldn’t be the same around here with out all our commenters and readers who send us tips. it’s a big movement and i’m honored to be a part of it. thanks!

        psst, listening to gamal’s cool link now.

  39. beq on September 2, 2015, 6:37 pm

    Thank you annie.

  40. dsowd on September 5, 2015, 11:50 am

    Two weeks ago, when I asked why the IDF soldier was masked, several people responded that it’s not uncommon for soldiers to wear a mask. Not so, according to the distinguished Israeli commentator Uri Avnery, who ought to know what he’s talking about:

    “The soldier is masked. This is a new thing. Why are they masked? What are they hiding? After all, they are not Russian policemen who fear the revenge of the gangsters. When I was a soldier, long ago, masks were unknown.”

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