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Child of 12 is roughed up, then detained, by Israeli forces in occupied Hebron

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The world is beginning to pay attention to Israeli crimes against children. Earlier this week a photograph of a blindfolded and disoriented Palestinian boy of 16, surrounded by 20 Israeli soldiers who had arrested him, drew international outrage. The boy, Fawzi al-Junaidi, has been charged with throwing stones.

Fawzi al-Junaidi, 16, has been accused of throwing stones. Photo by Wisam Hashlamoun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.

Meantime in the U.S., Congresswoman Betty McCollum and 20 others have introduced legislation to cut off U.S. funds when Israel spends them detaining children, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. This week, McCollum writes in the Nation:

Children as young as 12 years old are taken from their beds at night by Israeli soldiers and police. They are bound, blindfolded, and taken to detention centers. Under Israeli military law they are denied access to lawyers during interrogation, and even the youngest children are regularly denied access to their parents during interrogations. This happens to around 500 to 700 Palestinian children every year.

Just such a thing happened three days ago to the family of a leading Hebron anti-occupation activist, Badia Dwaik.

Two of Dwaik’s brothers, Wadea and Monqaz, were on their way to the hospital on December 7 to get medication for Wadea, when occupation forces stopped them. These soldiers were in the H1 area of Hebron, the area which is supposed to be under Palestinian control according to the Hebron protocol. The Dwaik brothers explained that Wadea needed medication, but the soldiers instructed them to go back home. An argument ensued, and the soldiers attacked the two men, Badia Dwaik reports, and the younger brother, Monqaz, managed to run away, but the soldiers arrested Wadea.

Wadea Dwaik, being arrested when trying to get medication, in occupied Hebron.

Wadea Dwaik’s arrest when trying to get medication, in Hebron December 7.

A crowd of 20 Palestinians gathered to protest the arrest. It included Badia Dwaik’s 12-year-old son Abdullah. Before long the soldiers turned to Abdullah. Badia Dwaik said they beat his son and then detained him for four hours.

This is the second time that Abdullah has been detained in the last two months.

Badia Dwaik is the leader of Human Rights Defenders and lately did a tour of Europe. The group is today sponsoring a “capturing occupation camera project” to document abuses by occupying soldiers. Dwaik’s courage is evident in this encounter with an Israeli soldier, when a settler boy on a horse tried to have him run out of town.

Update. Another son of an activist is targeted, and arrested, this time the son of Iyad Burnat, the leader of resistance in Bil’in. Al-Awda New York reports:

Abdul-Khalik Burnat, 17 years old, the son of Palestinian activist Iyad Burnat, an active leader of the Nonviolent Resistance Movement in the Palestinian village of Bil’in, was kidnapped, beaten and detained on the night of December 10, 2017 while getting pizza along with his friends Hamzah Al-Khatib and Malik Rahdi.

Their whereabouts were unknown until Abdul-Khalik’s mother and father recently learned that he and his friends are in Ofer Prison near the city of Ramallah.

Iyad Burnat and his son, Abdul-Khalik before son’s arrest.

Thanks to Ofer Neiman.

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  1. just on December 13, 2017, 5:48 pm

    With all due respect, I ask you to inform me where exactly do I find evidence that “The world is beginning to pay attention to Israeli crimes against children”?. I read a few articles about the latest criminal activity by Israel, but not so much in Western MSM.

    Israel’s evil crimes against Palestinians (including children) are infamous, but not recognized as such by those that are complicit and willing enablers. These crimes are almost 99% ignored by “the world”.

    Please share where it was that you found some optimsm… it’s sorely needed.

  2. RoHa on December 13, 2017, 5:50 pm

    Good to see the IDF are living up to their reputation as Heroic (but also Most Moral) Defenders of Civilisation against the Barbarous Islamic Hordes who threaten to Overwhelm us at any minute. (A twelve year old boy counts as a horde, doesn’t he?)

    And so brave! I can only see eight soldiers in the first picture.

    • lonely rico on December 14, 2017, 12:06 pm

      > RoHa

      And so brave! I can only see eight soldiers in the first picture.

      More IDF courage on display –

      Ten+ courageous Israelis,
      heavily armed and armoured,
      one unarmed young Palestinian,

      then you beat him up,
      and he disappears into Israel’s gulag.

      • RoHa on December 14, 2017, 8:00 pm

        Medals all round!

        “The boy was there, and we were here – a thin, olive-drab, line. I don’t mind admitting I felt a bit nervous. I said to my mate Ari, ‘If that boy starts throwing stones, we’ll have a hot time of it.’
        But the corporal gave the order, and we gritted our teeth and advanced.”

  3. JosephA on December 13, 2017, 7:40 pm

    So children are routinely abducted, beaten, and detained without due process? What do you, any of you think are the chances that pressure from the United States might convince the Israelis to stop committing war crimes and human rights violations with such impunity?

  4. lonely rico on December 14, 2017, 12:36 am

    > JosephA

    What do you, any of you think are the chances that pressure from the United States might convince the Israelis to stop committing war crimes and human rights violations ?

    More to the point, what do you think are the chances of there
    being any pressure from the United States on Israel
    to change its criminal ways ?

    The answer is –

    NONE, NEVER, ZERO pressure on Israel
    as long as the lovers of Zionism and Israel are allowed to pay for and own US politicians at all levels of of government.

  5. Kay24 on December 14, 2017, 3:05 am

    Americans should feel ashamed that their tax dollars, their congresspeople, and their country, are all supporting these filthy crimes, by giving them aid, weapons, and vetoing UN resolutions, that condemn these crimes. We are complicit in all Israel’s crimes. Despite the brave efforts of Betty McCollum and others, there is no doubt we will continue to send this apartheid state aid, so that the occupation and illegal settlements, will continue. It is sad to see young scared little kids treated like criminals, and the disparity between the treatment of vicious settlers, even called terrorists by the US State Department, and these kids, is so obvious, and unfair.

    When people have been living under a brutal occupation, and children have lived all their lives with guns pointed at them, throwing stones is the only way to show resistance, and anger.
    Are Israelis not so bright to fathom that out, or don’t they care? Most probably both.

  6. Talkback on December 14, 2017, 7:13 am

    Institutionalized and racist child abuse. Typical for the Zionist Apartheid Junta in Paletine.

  7. John O on December 14, 2017, 7:43 am

    This, or another similar incident, has caused ripples here in the UK, where the footage has been tweeted by former England soccer captain, Gary Lineker, who is now our most prominent TV sports presenter.

  8. iResistDe4iAm on December 14, 2017, 8:56 am

    Another Palestinian CHILD (aged 12) beaten & kidnapped by Israel, the world’s most immoral child abductor.

    Another Palestinian boy (aged 14) kidnapped & interrogated by Israel, the world’s most immoral child abductor

    Another Palestinian CHILD (aged 8) kidnapped & forcibly dragged by Israel, the world’s most immoral child abductor

    Another disabled Palestinian boy (aged 14) kidnapped & beaten by Israel, the world’s most immoral child abductor

    Palestinian CHILDREN are routinely kidnapped from their beds at night, then shackled & tortured by Israel, the world’s most immoral occupier

    Palestinian CHILDREN are tortured or used as human shields by Israel, the world’s most immoral occupier

    Since 2004, Israel has used Palestinian CHILDREN as human shields in 21 documented cases

    Nearly 40% of Palestinian CHILDREN arrested by Israel are exposed to sexual abuse during arrest or investigation

    Since 2000, more than 12,000 Palestinian CHILDREN have been kidnapped by Israel, the world’s most immoral child abductor

    As of November 2017, there are 311 Palestinian CHILDREN in Israeli jails.
    CHILDREN constitute 5.1% of total Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails

    Did you Know? ▸ The conviction rate for Palestinian CHILDREN in Israeli military courts is a whopping 99.88%

    • Talkback on December 15, 2017, 4:14 am

      And their deportation to Israeli jails is just another war crime in the endless list of this Apartheid Junta.

  9. Vera Gottlieb on December 14, 2017, 9:25 am

    Child molestation of a different kind.

  10. Misterioso on December 14, 2017, 2:49 pm

    More of the ugly truth:

    Video: ‘Stone Cold Justice’ on Israel’s torture of Palestinian children

    “A film produced by a group of Australian journalists has sparked an international outcry against Israel after it explicitly detailed Tel Aviv’s use of torture against Palestinian children.

    “The film, titled ‘Stone Cold Justice’ documents how Palestinian children, who have been arrested and detained by Israeli forces, are subjected to physical abuse, torture and forced into false confessions and pushed into gathering intelligence on Palestinian activists. Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop has spoken out against Israeli’s use of torture stating that ‘I am deeply concerned by allegations of the mistreatment of Palestinian children.’ Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor has described the human rights abuses documented in the film as ‘intolerable.’ But rights groups have slammed this statement, saying that the Israelis are doing nothing to change Tel Aviv’s policy to torture Palestinian children.

    “Last year a report by the United Nations International Emergency Children’s Fund or UNICEF concluded that Palestinian children are often targeted in night arrests and raids of their homes, threatened with death and subjected to physical violence, solitary confinement and sexual assault. The film Stone Cold Justice has sparked an international outcry about Israel’s treatment of children in Israeli jails. However, rights groups have criticized Tel Aviv for not doing anything to create a policy that protects Palestinian children against arbitrary arrest and torture.”

    Precarious Childhood: Arrests of Jerusalemite Children

    This film addresses the process of arrest, interrogation, and the policy of house arrest and their effects on children. The film provides accounts of children who were arrested in order to highlight a larger policy of persecution and targeting of Palestinian children in Jerusalem.

    Re: The Gaza Strip

  11. lonely rico on December 14, 2017, 9:29 pm

    [a] Palestinian ambulance in the Hebron district of the southern occupied West Bank ….
    Israeli soldiers forcing two teenage girls out of the ambulance at gunpoint

    The ‘most moral army’© in the world, protecting Jewish settlers from dark-eyed houris.

    Them houris gonna get Weinstein’d I suspect.

  12. Marnie on December 15, 2017, 8:25 am

    I’m looking at the picture above of Fawzi al-Junaidi, surrounded by 20 heavily armed and padded soldiers. Knee pads too. I wonder what they think as they shoot the limbs (those they don’t outright execute) in the ‘break their bones’ tradition of Itzak Rabin and how they would react to a level playing field, where palestinian fighters could blow their kneecaps out, too.

  13. JLewisDickerson on December 15, 2017, 6:50 pm

    RE: “Child of 12 is roughed up, then detained, by Israeli forces in occupied Hebron”

    SNARKCASM: The Palestinians need to ACCEPT “REALITY”* . Israel is tired of “PAMPERING” them.

    * Just as even the mighty U.S. finally had to accept the “REALITY” (despite its illegality) that Jerusalem IS the absolutely indivisible, eternal capital of Israel!

    NOTE: The Government of Israel has the absolute, exclusive right to say what the “REALITY” is. To avoid confusion, there can be absolutely no daylight between the “REALITY” officially sanctioned by the Government of Israel, and any “REALITY” referred to, whether explicitly or implicitly, by others. This will be strictly enforced by Israel’s Office of the IDF Military Censor.
    As a public service (Disputed Territories excepted), Israel’s Ministry of “REALITY” will conform any “REALITY” submitted by others to Israel’s officially sanctioned “REALITY” and issue a Certification of Conformity.

    P.S. Henceflorth, putting REALITY in quotation marks is absolutely prohibited!

  14. Talkback on December 17, 2017, 4:20 am

    Nonjews should thank god that the selfdeclared “Jewish” kind of “democracy” is restricted to a small territory:

    “The soldiers then cuffed [Fawzi al-Junaidi] with plastic cuffs that caused bruises and lacerations in his skin, and blindfolded him, before taking him away, after he lost his shoes, and again, started kicking and beating him, while hurling insults.

    The child stated that he asked the soldiers to bring him his shoe, but they removed his other shoe instead and forced him to walk barefooted.

    He was later placed in a dark room, while some soldiers poured cold water on his feet before repeatedly stomping on them.

    The soldiers continuously beat and clubbed the child, causing cuts and bruises to various parts of his body, and tried to send him to Etzion military base, north of Hebron, but the administration there refused to receive him due to his serious injuries.

    He was moved to an Israeli hospital …”

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