An Israeli soldier is seen confiscating the bicycle of a crying eight-year old Palestinian girl, and then tossing it into nearby bushes, according to a video released by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem on Sunday.
In the bicycle-taking clip, the girl, Anwar Burqan is dressed in a pink shirt and wailing as a soldier approaches her and her bicycle. Burqan then runs off to her sister standing in close range, leaving the two-wheeler behind. After which, a second soldier grabs it and dumps it into bushes.
In an adjoining statement on the incident, which took place in Hebron in late July, B’Tselem said the girl related that she and other children in the area, “have no yard at home and that because of the crowded conditions she and her siblings play out in the street and ride their bicycles on the paved part of the divided street.”
The clip was filmed from behind a metal fence erected by the Israeli military in 2012. It cordons off Palestinian homes from a main street in the section of Hebron under full control of the Israeli military. Since the divider was built, B’Tselem said Israeli forces have consistently prevented Palestinians from accessing the boulevard it buffers.
“In March 2013 we first published footage showing the that the main part of the street was placed off-limits to Palestinians. Consequently, the prohibition was lifted for a time and Palestinians were allowed to use the road,” B’Tselem said, “However, the restriction was renewed in January 2015.”