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Video: Palestinian carrying watermelon is stopped for four hours by Israeli soldiers


This is upsetting. A Palestinian man attempts to bring a watermelon home in Hebron and Israeli soldiers stop him and force him to put the offending fruit down.

Can I pass?

Not yet. Put the watermelon down.


The video was produced by Ta’ayush, and translated by the Alternative Information Center (AIC):

What is green on the outside red on the inside and threatens Israeli security?

On June 1, 2016 an elderly Palestinian tried to go through Shuhada Street in Hebron carrying a watermelon. This is his story.


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  1. chocopie on June 9, 2016, 12:24 pm

    The watermelon is dressed like IDF, sort of looks like them, maybe they thought at first it was one of their men? Then when they found out it was actually a Palestinian watermelon they were probably dumbfounded by the uncanny resemblance and had to regroup before they could mount a strategy for interrogating it.

    I’m glad the standoff with the watermelon ended peacefully, but you have to pity the poor fruit. First it goes through that ordeal with the IDF, and then what do you imagine happened to it once the Palestinians got it home?!

  2. chocopie on June 9, 2016, 12:29 pm

    Or maybe they were just hoping one of the Palestinians would have a knife to cut it, so they could shoot him in the street and become a national hero.

  3. annie on June 9, 2016, 12:39 pm

    how many Israeli soldiers does it take to determine a watermelon isn’t a threat to the security of the jewish state?

    • chocopie on June 9, 2016, 1:19 pm

      Annie, bite your tongue! That’s no ordinary watermelon! That’s a Palestinian watermelon and can’t be trusted.

      But anyway, the answer is about fourteen in person and they need radio communication with the higher-ups for guidance and intel.

      • ritzl on June 9, 2016, 1:33 pm

        It’s a sub-watermelon.

    • samlebon2306 on June 10, 2016, 1:14 pm

      It’s an enemy watermelon.

  4. Ossinev on June 9, 2016, 1:09 pm

    A meloncholy situation. Sorry it had to come out. On a serious note I hope that the brave virtually defenceless but truly inspirational JSIL front line elite shock troops are really proud of the “fruits” of their day`s labour.

    I wonder if Hezbollah have got FMD`s (fruits of mass destruction ) in their arsenal?

  5. amigo on June 9, 2016, 1:19 pm

    Mission Goal Edit

    Fend off the Watermelon Elementals attacking the town, and find out where they came from.

    Discover the Cause of the attack.
    Missionary Summary Edit

    The Group was being escorted through the streets of the Elemental town/villiage when Vel’sek and his animated dolls exited one of the buildings. While the guard was questioning him a portal opened up and through it came several Watermelon people, later determined to be Watermelomentals jumped through the portal and started to attack the denizens of the Earthen plane. Vel’sek joined the party temporarily to deal with the new threat by using his powerful magics to halt the Watermelomentals until the guard and paladins arrived.

    The idf never seems short of a knife when the situation requires one.They could have cut it in half and saved some one hundred hours of manpower.

    The image of the Palestinian sipping from a glass while he watched these fools is satisfying.

  6. lonely rico on June 9, 2016, 1:41 pm

    Watermelon Man
    Herbie Hancock & Miles Davis

  7. John O on June 9, 2016, 1:53 pm

    Monty Python nailed this over forty years ago:

  8. eljay on June 9, 2016, 2:08 pm

    Another day, another injustice committed by “Jewish State” Occupation Forces goons in not-Israel.

    Good thing the guy wasn’t carrying a banana – those poor “soldiers” might have shit themselves thinking it was a gun!

  9. Talkback on June 10, 2016, 9:49 am

    They were wating for the watermelon to play the violin.

  10. Leahj on June 14, 2016, 8:29 am

    I’d like to respond to this article/video, but it’s several days old, & I imagine no one is reading the comments on it anymore, so I’ll just be talking to myself. On the other hand, what have I got to lose? So, here goes.

    I’d have thought Israel would have gotten over its obsession with Palestinian watermelons by now. For 26 years (from 1967 to 1993) Israel declared it illegal for anyone in the Occupied Territories to display, or even possess the Palestinian flag. Some brave souls did it anyway, for which they were arrested, often beaten, & forced to watch their homemade flags shot down, stomped on, & ripped to shreds by the IDF.

    Then in 1980, the Israelis passed an additional law making it illegal for Palestinian artists to use the colors of the Palestinian flag, either individually or together, in their works of art. (Jewish artists could still use any colors they wished, of course.)

    According to the New York Times, the Israelis were actually arresting people in Gaza for the criminal activity of carrying cut slices of watermelon, because the fruit has the same colors (red, white, black & green), as the Palestinian flag.

    • Marnie on June 15, 2016, 1:00 am

      Sounds just like the taliban, beating the @#$! out of anyone wearing white shoes as it was the color of the flag of the taliban as it was disrespecting their flag. Similar mentality, different uniform.

  11. Leahj on June 14, 2016, 8:50 am

    “Vera Tamari has spent half her life as an artist under Israeli occupation: “Up to Oslo, the Israelis used to monitor all our exhibitions. There were very few Palestinian art galleries, so we used to hold our shows in schools, churches, municipal halls – whatever was available. People piled in – students, labourers, political people, shepherds. It was so crowded that there was hardly any room to see the paintings. It was the first time in their lives that many of these people were seeing actual works of art. Their noses were rubbing against the paint as if they wanted to smell the oil.

    “It was very exciting, but the Israelis soon became aware of the importance of these exhibitions and started hitting the League of Palestinian Artists. They made us get permits to show our work, censoring art and invading artists’ studios. Several of us were imprisoned, usually on charges that they were painting in the colours of the Palestinian flag. They would say, ‘You can paint, but don’t use red, white or black,’ and they would imprison you if you used those colours. You couldn’t paint a poppy, for example, or a watermelon: they were the wrong colours.”

    continued in next post …..

  12. Leahj on June 14, 2016, 9:05 am

    This part of the interview has nothing to do with watermelons, but I’m including it anyway, just ’cause I really like the artist.

    “When the Israeli tanks rolled into Ramallah, they made a point of trying to punish the Palestinian civilian population by destroying as many private cars as they could: “It was just a game to them,” says Tamari. “Sheer bravado. The tank commanders would drive along the pavements rather than the roads, taking out as many cars as they could. Then they started driving up into people’s drives and garages, wrecking anything they could find. For weeks afterwards, all these smashed-up cars were lying around: people kept them, hoping to sell bits of the engine, or perhaps the seats. They didn’t want to face the fact that something so expensive was completely lost. Of course, there is no insurance for an act of war.

    “A friend of mine had a little red Beetle that we used to go out for drives in. It was one of the cars that was destroyed, and when I saw it all smashed up with its legs in the air like some dead insect, I had the idea of making an installation with these cars. I got the PA to lay a stretch of tarmac on the edge of the El Bireh football field – a road symbolically going nowhere – and arranged the crushed cars in a line, as if in a traffic jam. We had a big party to open the exhibit – le tout Ramallah – and went home at midnight.

    “Then, at four that morning, the Israelis invaded again. My house was opposite the playing field and I could see the Israeli tanks passing. They would stop when they got to the installation, and you’d see these two heads pop out of their turrets and you could see them transfixed by this sight, trying to make sense of it. Eventually, after about a week, a whole cohort of Merkavas turned up and the tank commanders got out and discussed what to do. Then they got back into their tanks and ran over the whole exhibit, over and over again, backwards and forwards, crushing it to pieces. Then, for good measure, they shelled it. Finally they got out again and peed on the wreckage. I got the whole thing on video…”
    The Guardian, Oct., 2002

    Btw, her crushed car exhibit also included appropriate music, & “colorful folkloric & religious amulets positioned on the windshields, the kind that are supposed to protect the driver”.

      • Leahj on June 15, 2016, 2:49 am

        ritzl, Thank you! And thanks for reading my posts! I often read something here that I want to reply to, but am usually working double shifts, & by the time I sit down to write a comment or question, everybody’s already moved on.

      • annie on June 15, 2016, 3:01 am

        thanks leah, they were great passages. i had heard of this exhibit with the cars. i think the ceramicist vera tamari could be sandra tamari’s aunt,

  13. Kay24 on June 14, 2016, 10:40 am

    They are cowards and not very intelligent. They seem to be suspicious/afraid of a damn watermelon. They wanted to show the old man that they are so tough with their guns, and has power over him. What they lack in compassion they make up with wickedness.
    That poor man was held up for hours all because he wanted to take a watermelon home for his family.

    We send aid to these scumbags?

    • Leahj on June 14, 2016, 6:31 pm

      Kay24, ” They seem to be suspicious/afraid of a damn watermelon. ”

      That’s true. But for years they were so suspicious/afraid of even a painting of a watermelon, that they banned such images from the kingdom & imprisoned the artists. And the rest of the world didn’t seem to notice or care. I mean, really! What kind of people ban colors?

  14. Ossinev on June 14, 2016, 12:40 pm

    “You forgot to include “the most moral” as in “the most moral scumbags in the world”.

    BTW It would also appear that at one time and who knows still currently the JSILi`s have appropriated hummus , free range cherry tomatoes and Organic Intel Chips as their own and have also been laying claim to Palestinian watermelon recipes.

    Next in line for JSILi appropriation may be couscous – well they are notorious cereal thieves.

    • Kay24 on June 14, 2016, 1:26 pm

      Cereals are nothing, but stealing crucial information, equipment tampering, and break ins, by our most trustworthy ally in the Middle East? Why do we keep sending billions of dollar to the Middle Easts biggest spy threat to the US?

      “Amid Bids to Release Jonathan Pollard Former U.S. Officials Say CIA Considers Israel to Be Mideast’s Biggest Spy Threat
      U.S. intelligence agents stationed in Israel report multiple cases of equipment tampering, suspected break ins in recent years; CIA officials tell the Associated Press that Israel may have leaked info that led to the capture of an agent inside Syria’s chemical weapons program
      read more:

      • Leahj on June 14, 2016, 6:43 pm

        Kay24, “Why do we keep sending billions of dollar to the Middle Easts biggest spy threat to the US?”

        Because Zionists keep making really big donations to our political candidates?

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