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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.”

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  1. lonely rico
    lonely rico
    August 4, 2016, 7:46 pm

    Anwar should consider herself lucky –
    after all she wasn’t shot, or arrested by the merciful (and courageous) IDF soldiers,
    who were protecting God’s chosen people from terrorists disguised as 8-year-old girls.

    THE MOST CHICKENSHIT ARMY IN THE WORLD

  2. Mayhem
    Mayhem
    August 4, 2016, 10:37 pm

    This is a real chickenshit report. When the big stories break that tell us what really matters like the one today about DFAT (Australia Dept of Foreign Affairs) suspending World Vision Palestine Aid after allegations that charity money has gone to Hamas we don’t hear a word.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      August 5, 2016, 5:54 pm

      “This is a real chickenshit report.”

      “Mayhem” I like your style. You may not win the argument, but you always win friends for Zionism and Israel.

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      August 5, 2016, 7:46 pm

      These are real chikenshit excuses for human beings. What kind of adult picks on an 8 year old and taken away her bike.

  3. Qualtrough
    Qualtrough
    August 4, 2016, 11:26 pm

    This was posted on Reddit the other day. Usually anything even mildly unfavorable to Israel initially receives lots of upvotes, and then shortly after is down-voted into oblivion through ‘brigading’ by Israel supporters. It’s like a clean up crew that comes in to make sure that nothing critical of Israel stays at the top for long. This time the story was so outrageous that that strategy failed, and the top comments critical of Israel had thousands of upvotes. The defensive posts were pathetic, focusing on 1: But he was punished, and 2: But, but nation X is so much worse.

  4. Mayhem
    Mayhem
    August 5, 2016, 3:24 am

    Pray tell why aren’t the Palestinians permitted to use the road now . Could it be because of terror threats and constant friction between settlers and Palestinians? Jews have a right to live in Hebron. According to Ben Gurion Hebron is even more significant in Jewish history than Jerusalem.

    • inbound39
      inbound39
      August 5, 2016, 9:58 am

      Jews may arguably have a right to live in Hebron….problem is for quite a few years the settler population has grown and more and more settlers have taken provocative actions harassing Palestinians non stop in an attempt to drive them out so it is a jewish only town. Ben Gurion was a terrorist first and foremost…..I really don’t bother what he thought or had to say. Having read his diary on line his statements prior 1948 and after are chilling. A nazi incarnate.

      • bintbiba
        bintbiba
        August 5, 2016, 12:38 pm

        “…..
        Ben Gurion was a terrorist first and foremost…..I really don’t bother what he thought or had to say. Having read his diary on line his statements prior 1948 and after are chilling.
        A nazi incarnate. ”

        Many thanks indeed , ‘ inbound39 ‘ for your no- nonsense , straightforward reply !

      • Mayhem
        Mayhem
        August 6, 2016, 7:32 pm

        Ben Gurion made a statement of fact on behalf of the Jewish people; that doesn’t present an opportunity to slam Ben Gurion per se. The simple fact of the matter here is that Hebron matters more to the Jews historically and religiously than to any other people and Ben Gurion said it.

      • annie
        annie
        August 6, 2016, 8:01 pm

        The simple fact of the matter here is that Hebron matters more to the Jews historically and religiously than to any other people and Ben Gurion said it.

        The simple fact of the matter here is that had Hebron mattered more to the Jews than to anybody else it wouldn’t have taken a couple centuries and a holocaust to convince the overwhelming majority of them (those who immigrated) to get their tuchuses down there (and that goes for jerusalem too). that’s the simple fact of the matter.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        August 7, 2016, 12:44 am

        “Hebron matters more to the Jews historically and religiously than to any other people ”

        The big question, of course, is “So what?”

        And how do you measure how much something matters?

        I’m sure it matters more, personally and sentimentally, to the Palestinians who grew up there, made their homes there, and raised their families there than it does to any odd Jew or all Jews collectively.

      • Mayhem
        Mayhem
        August 7, 2016, 12:53 am

        @Annie, you remember the Hebron massacre? Not easy for Jews to settle into a community full of Muslims who have demeaned them throughout history.

      • upsondundas
        upsondundas
        August 7, 2016, 8:18 am

        Well said Lad!

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        August 7, 2016, 8:18 pm

        “Not easy for Jews to settle into a community full of Muslims who have demeaned them throughout history.”

        Don’t settle there, then. No-ones forcing you to.

      • talknic
        talknic
        August 8, 2016, 6:32 am

        @ Mayhem

        “Not easy for Jews to settle into a community full of Muslims who have demeaned them throughout history”

        Not easy to sit idly by and watch Zionists colonizing your country. Especially after having gained their Jewish State, they still want more and are willing to ignore International Law, the UN Charter, the Israeli Declaration of statehood, the basic tenets of Judaism, all the while demeaning you, in order to achieve their aim

      • Mayhem
        Mayhem
        August 8, 2016, 9:07 am

        @Roha, so you say “Don’t settle there, then. No-ones forcing you to.”. How about trying the same sentence on the Palestinians who have their claws on Jerusalem?

      • Mr.T
        Mr.T
        August 8, 2016, 10:52 am

        “to settle into a community ”

        Is that how you describe invading a land, stealing it from its inhabitants and oppressing and killing them??

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        August 8, 2016, 11:32 am

        “Is that how you describe invading a land, stealing it…”

        Sure! Like “Jon s” describes brit periah as ‘welcoming the new guy to the tribe’.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        August 8, 2016, 8:28 pm

        The Palestinians in Jerusalem were living there before the Zionists came and started driving them out. They aren’t settling there. It’s their land and their city.

    • Mr.T
      Mr.T
      August 5, 2016, 10:34 am

      “Pray tell why aren’t the Palestinians permitted to use the road now”? Because the Israeli government and most of its people (not all, thankfully) are unrepentant bigots who get off on harassing children.

    • annie
      annie
      August 5, 2016, 11:43 am

      Pray tell why aren’t the Palestinians permitted to use the road now . Could it be because of terror threats and constant friction between settlers and Palestinians?

      as i recall the roads in hebron were closed off after the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre when the fanatic Baruch Goldstein (a hero to settlers) killed 29 praying muslims and wounding 125 worshipers.

      so in this regard — i guess one could call that “friction between settlers and Palestinians”. but it begs the question “why are the settlers who worship the jewish terrorist who murdered the muslim worshipers permitted to use the road?

    • Qualtrough
      Qualtrough
      August 5, 2016, 12:23 pm

      @ Mayhem – Thanks for your explanation. I knew there had to be a good reason for a soldier to stomp on an eight year old girl’s bicycle, send her away screaming in fear, and then throw her bicycle into the bushes.

    • echinococcus
      echinococcus
      August 5, 2016, 1:07 pm

      Mayhem,
      “Jews have a right to live in Hebron” surely, provided they have credible documentation of being first-degree descendants of Palestinians legitimately residing in Palestine before the 1897 declaration of hostile invasion intent. While waiting, of course, for a comprehensive Palestinian plebiscite.
      And learn your geography. I suppose you are talking about el Khaleel.

    • zaid
      zaid
      August 5, 2016, 2:25 pm

      Jews dont have a right t live anywhere in Palestine even in Tel Aviv.

      • Mayhem
        Mayhem
        August 7, 2016, 1:05 am

        @zaid, you must feel perfectly at home on Mondoweiss with like-minded Jew haters who don’t think the Jews have the right to nationhood and self-determination in their ancestral home. Pray tell who has the right to live in historical Palestine, the small unproductive Muslim population of 250,000 in 1800 who possessed nothing akin to an Arab Palestinian identity until the Jews arrived? Then all of a sudden an identity was born out of a xenohobic, knee-jerk reaction to the Zionists who re-invigorated a land in the doldrums.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        August 7, 2016, 2:29 pm

        “Then all of a sudden an identity was born out of a xenohobic, knee-jerk reaction to the Zionists who re-invigorated a land in the doldrums.”

        Instead of all the Palestinians falling down and dying, and converting to Judaism if we let them.
        Imagine that! A completely unforeseeable, and so unfair reaction to Zionism. Who could have predicted it?

      • Mayhem
        Mayhem
        August 8, 2016, 9:14 am

        @Mooser, the Jews have never compelled Muslims to convert to Judaism. It is Muslims who have given the Jews in Muslim society three great choices – convert to Islam, die by the sword or live as a dhimmi.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        August 9, 2016, 1:55 am

        ” on Mondoweiss with like-minded Jew haters”

        Anyone who disagrees with you must do so from hatred of Jews, not because they have thought about the issues and come to different conclusions, right? You insist on denying rationality to those who disagree with you.

        “who don’t think the Jews have the right to nationhood and self-determination in their ancestral home.”

        What is the basis for these claims of a “right to nationhood”, a “right to self-determination”, and a “right to self-determination in their national home”? Why do these alleged rights outweigh the rights of the people actually living in the land?

        “Pray tell who has the right to live in historical Palestine, the small unproductive Muslim population of 250,000 in 1800”

        Yes, if anyone has the right to live there, it is the Muslim/Christian/Jewish population of 1800 and those of their descendants who have not given up the right.

        (Unproductive? Irrelevant. But by the 1890s they seem to have become very productive.)

        “who possessed nothing akin to an Arab Palestinian identity until the Jews arrived?”

        Why is this relevant? I keep asking but no-one will tell me.

        “a xenohobic, knee-jerk reaction to the Zionists”

        Again you deny rationality, but it is much more probably that the reaction was a perfectly reasonable dislike of a bunch of foreigners coming into the land with the express intention of taking it over.

      • eljay
        eljay
        August 9, 2016, 1:54 pm

        || Mayhem: … the Jews have the right to nationhood and self-determination in their ancestral home. … ||

        Geographic Palestine was not and is not the “ancestral home” of every person in the world who happens to be or who chooses to be Jewish. “The Jews” (why do you Zio-supremacists insist on using this anti-Semitic term?) were not and are not entitled to steal, occupy and colonize Palestine for the purpose of “self-determining” their “nationhood”.

        “Jewish State” is a religion-supremacist construct. No group of people has a right to “self-determine” their “nationhood” in the form of a supremacist state of any kind. “The Jews” (why do you Zio-supremacists insist on using this anti-Semitic term?) were not and are not entitled to “self-determine” their “nationhood” in the form of a religion-supremacist state.

    • eljay
      eljay
      August 5, 2016, 2:59 pm

      || Mayhem: … Jews have a right to live in Hebron. … ||

      No person is entitled to live in Hebron – or anywhere else in the world – simply because he is Jewish.

      • Mayhem
        Mayhem
        August 7, 2016, 1:11 am

        I am entitled to live in Australia because I am Australian. Jews are entitled to live in greater Israel because they are Jewish; this is where their roots lie and Israel is the Jewish state.

      • talknic
        talknic
        August 7, 2016, 1:59 pm

        @ Mayhem August 7, 2016, 1:11 am

        “I am entitled to live in Australia because I am Australian”

        WOW!! Israelis are allowed to live in Israel. They’re not allowed by International Law to live in non-Israeli territories held under Israeli military occupation

        ” Jews are entitled to live in greater Israel because they are Jewish; this is where their roots lie and Israel is the Jewish state”

        Problem. The Occupied Territories are not in Israel and unless Jews wanting to settle there become Palestinian citizens they, as Israeli citizens, are prohibited from settling in non-Israeli territories held under Israeli Occupation.

      • eljay
        eljay
        August 7, 2016, 3:56 pm

        || Mayhem: … Jews are entitled to live in greater Israel because they are Jewish … ||

        Jews live in “greater Israel” because Israel exists as an colonialist and religion-supremacist “Jewish State”. The choice to be Jewish does not comprise a right to live in “greater Israel” or anywhere else in the world.

        || … this is where their roots lie … ||

        If they are originally from or up to n generations removed from Israel or Palestine, sure. Otherwise, no.

        || … and Israel is the Jewish state. ||

        Yes, it is a problem that Israel exists as a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” – a state primarily of and for Jewish Israelis and non-Israeli Jews – rather than as a secular and democratic Israeli state of and for all of its Israeli citizens, immigrants, expats and refugees, equally.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        August 8, 2016, 3:54 am

        “Jews are entitled to live in greater Israel because they are Jewish”

        What is the chain of moral reasoning between “Mooser is Jewish” and “Mooser has a right to live in part of Palestine”

        “this is where their roots lie”

        What do you mean by “roots”? Most Jews are not cabbages. How do “roots” factor into it?

        “and Israel is the Jewish state.”

        But Hebron is not part of Israel.

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      August 5, 2016, 7:48 pm

      Pray tell why aren’t the Palestinians permitted to use the road now

      Because they’re not Jews

    • talknic
      talknic
      August 5, 2016, 8:59 pm

      @ Mayhem August 5, 2016, 3:24 am

      “Pray tell why aren’t the Palestinians permitted to use the road now . Could it be because of terror threats and constant friction between settlers and Palestinians?”

      The settlers have no right to be there at all.

      ” Jews have a right to live in Hebron.”

      Not as Israeli citizens, because Hebron isn’t legally in Israel. You’ve been told this before and presented with evidence of the fact from the UNSC. Maybe you’re really really REALLY stupid. It does seem to be the only qualification needed to serve as a propagandist for the Zionist Colonization of non-Israeli territories

      • Mayhem
        Mayhem
        August 7, 2016, 1:14 am

        @talknic you should bury you legalistic gobbledegook once and for all because this isn’t where the conflict exists today. At its core it has become an existential dispute and the squabbling over territory is only a ruse to feed to the West who can’t fathom that a dispute can be over anything beside terrority.

      • talknic
        talknic
        August 7, 2016, 1:50 pm

        @ Mayhem

        “… you should bury you legalistic gobbledegook once and for all because this isn’t where the conflict exists today. “

        Bullsh*te is your forte, not mine

      • Mayhem
        Mayhem
        August 8, 2016, 8:55 am

        @talknic,

        “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”

        ― Socrates

      • eljay
        eljay
        August 8, 2016, 9:36 am

        || Mayhem: … “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” ||

        This explains why Zio-supremacists incessantly slander people with accusations of anti-Semitism.

      • talknic
        talknic
        August 8, 2016, 9:40 am

        @ Mayhem “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”

        You’d know

    • Cazador
      Cazador
      August 5, 2016, 11:48 pm

      Ben Gurion, the airport guy?

      Some of his flights of words:

      “We must expel Arabs and take their places.”
      — David Ben Gurion, 1937, Ben Gurion and the Palestine Arabs, Oxford University Press, 1985.

      “Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves … politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves… The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country.”
      — David Ben Gurion, quoted on pp 91-2 of Chomsky’s Fateful Triangle, which appears in Simha Flapan’s “Zionism and the Palestinians pp 141-2 citing a 1938 speech.

      “If I knew that it was possible to save all the children of Germany by transporting them to England, and only half by transferring them to the Land of Israel, I would choose the latter, for before us lies not only the numbers of these children but the historical reckoning of the people of Israel.”
      — David Ben-Gurion (Quoted on pp 855-56 in Shabtai Teveth’s Ben-Gurion in a slightly different translation).

      ABOUT OCCUPATION, FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH:
      “Israel should have exploited the repression of the demonstrations in China, when world attention focused on that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the territories.”
      — Benyamin Netanyahu, then Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, former Prime Minister of Israel, speaking to students at Bar Ilan University, from the Israeli journal Hotam, November 24, 1989.

      A TERRORIST?:
      “I would have joined a terrorist organization.”
      — Ehud Barak’s response to Gideon Levy, a columnist for the Ha’aretz newspaper, when Barak was asked what he would have done if he had been born a Palestinian.

      AT LAST, CHAROGNE, THE SABRA AND SHATILA GUY:
      “It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonialization, or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands.”
      — Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of militants from the extreme right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, November 15, 1998.

      “Everybody has to move, run and grab as many (Palestinian) hilltops as they can to enlarge the (Jewish) settlements because everything we take now will stay ours…Everything we don’t grab will go to them.”
      — Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of the Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, Nov. 15, 1998.

      “Israel may have the right to put others on trial, but certainly no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of Israel on trial.”
      — Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 25 March, 2001 quoted in BBC News Online

  5. ckg
    ckg
    August 5, 2016, 10:53 am

    Sigh.

    QUESTION: Last week, an Israeli soldier in the occupied city of Hebron roughed up a little Palestinian girl on a bicycle, and then he took her bike and destroyed it. My question to you is very simple: Should Israel compensate this little girl for the bicycle? Very simple.

    MR TONER: So I don’t know that that’s a question we necessarily should answer from the podium of the State Department, but what I’ll say is we understand the tensions that exist in Israel regarding security and security concerns, but – and I’ve seen the video; I know what you’re talking about – it’s also legitimate to say that what’s portrayed in that video is concerning and raises emotions on the part of many people who see it, and that any security forces – and I’m talking about not just Israel’s, but any security forces around the world – have a difficult job. We understand that they have to balance a lot of factors in carrying out their duties, but they also need to be aware of how their actions portray what they’re doing and the reasons behind what they’re doing to the rest of the world. So that’s a question for the Israeli authorities to speak to. I’m just offering my opinion.

    QUESTION: But you subsidize Israel to the tune of billions of dollars.

    MR TONER: We do.

    QUESTION: Should you deduct like $100 to pay for that bicycle? It’s a serious question.

    MR TONER: No, I —

    QUESTION: Should you deduct $100 from the $40 billion or so that you’re about to give Israel for the next 10 years, and say this is to replace the bicycle?

    MR TONER: Said – so I spoke about this a little bit yesterday. Our security relationship with Israel is important both to Israel’s national security interests as well as our own, as well as the region’s, and it’s vital that we maintain that close cooperation. And, frankly, that relationship, as I said yesterday, is ironclad. Israel is a strong democracy in the region and a strong proponent of democratic values in the region. We’re looking at this incident. I agree that, again, for those who watched the video, I can see where it raises emotions and raises concerns. And what we’ve always said – and that bears – that is true for Israel’s security forces or Israelis, as well as for Palestinians – is that all sides need to bear in mind and take – or make efforts not to escalate tensions and be aware that their actions could escalate tensions in what is already an overly tense situation. And I think that’s our message.

    QUESTION: So you don’t – you will not urge Israel to compensate this little girl —

    MR TONER: I’m not aware of any efforts on that part.

    QUESTION: — to the tune of $100 for – to pay for the bicycle?

    MR TONER: I’m not aware that we – and I’m not even sure we could do that.

    Please.

    • inbound39
      inbound39
      August 5, 2016, 11:52 am

      The State Department is pathetic. I used to read it daily. It drove me to anger which is not a good thing at the moment for me. So I quit reading it. The American people this election need to make themselves heard. If America keeps this farce of a special relationship going then Americas future is going to head drastically South. It cannot justify nor support Israel if it wants to raise its image. Mind you Trump and Clinton are busily destroying Americas image at the moment too. The news here in NZ is pretty scathing on both of them. More than I have ever heard said in the past. Political clowns can sit and sip their wine and whiskey and laugh about it all but it is the military people doing duty around the World that cop the flak for their stupidity.

      • annie
        annie
        August 5, 2016, 12:23 pm

        The news here in NZ is pretty scathing on both of them.

        good, i hope they give us hell!

      • inbound39
        inbound39
        August 6, 2016, 7:22 am

        Just as an aside Annie I am aware more and more Americans are moving to NZ. Several staff at the Hospital in my town from the US. And its not just medical staff coming here. In all the years I have been here I have never witnessed so many Americans coming here to live permanently.

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        August 6, 2016, 10:32 am

        Inbound, just wanted to know your opinion on the zio influence in New Zealand. I know it cannot be bad as it is here in the US, but just how bad is it, if at all?

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      August 5, 2016, 7:46 pm

      Good to see Mr. Toner is in fine form. He never disappoints his fans.

  6. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    August 6, 2016, 5:25 am

    The bike was obviously an existential threat = can`t have these Arab squatter children enjoying normality , they will begin to think that they belong here.

  7. Boo
    Boo
    August 6, 2016, 5:12 pm

    This is simply a case of courageously putting a stop to creeping terrorism: Allow one Palestinian to ride her bicycle down a street, and in no time at all, the streets will be choked with Palestinians driving tanks toward Jerusalem!

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