Palestinian Women Stop Israeli Soldier from Arresting 12-yr-old Boy

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An Israeli soldier detains a Palestinian boy during a protest against Jewish settlements in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah August 28, 2015. Image Credit - Abbas Momani #AFP

An Israeli soldier detains a Palestinian boy during a protest against Jewish settlements in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah August 28, 2015. Image Credit – Abbas Momani @AFP

The desperate moments when a young girl and two women overpower an Israeli soldier who had grappled a 12-yr-old Palestinian boy with a broken arm to the ground echo the struggle of Palestinian existence.

The incident happened in the village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, during protests against Palestinian land confiscation to expand the nearby Jewish Hallamish settlement. The army said that one other Palestinian was detained in Friday’s clashes, along with one foreign activist.

According to the army, the youth was throwing stones at the troops, who did not realize he was a minor.

Activists who were at Friday’s protest said that the soldier used violence against the 12-year-old boy, whose arm was in a cast at the time of the attempted arrest. Jonathan Pollak, one of the activists present, said that the boy did not throw stones and that the IDF force, which was in an abandoned building before approaching to detain the boy, could see he was a minor. Pollak told Haaretz that the soldier pointed his gun at the boy when he was detaining him.

Yesterday the European Union’s outgoing envoy to the Palestinian territories said the 28-nation bloc was moving forward with measures against Jewish West Bank settlements.

The envoy, John Gatt-Rutter, did not provide a timeframe. But his remarks to reporters underline European discontent with Israel’s continued expansion of settlements in territory that Palestinians want for a future state.

شاهد كيف قام النسوة بضرب جندي احتلالي في قرية النبي صالح قرب رام الله بعد محاولته اعتقال احد الأطفال

Posted by ‎Ramallah City | مدينة رام الله‎ on Friday, August 28, 2015

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An Israeli soldier detains a Palestinian boy during a protest against Jewish settlements in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah August 28, 2015. Image Credit – Abbas Momani @AFP

UPDATE

Israeli minister of culture Miri Regev posted on her facebook profile that the protesters should have been shot and calls on the Minister of Defense for an immediate policy change to allow IDF soldiers under ‘attack’ to open fire. The post has garnered about 24,472 likes and 3,042 shares at the time of publishing.

הזדעזעתי לראות הבוקר את הסרטון של פלסטניות מכות חייל צה”ל.
לא יתכן שהחיילים שלנו ישלחו למשימות עם ידיים קשורות מאחורי הגב, זה פשוט בזיון!
כל מי שינסה לפגוע באזרחי ישראל ובחיילי צה”ל צריך לדעת שדמו בראשו.
צריך לקבוע מיד שחייל שמותקף רשאי להשיב אש נקודה.
אני קוראת לשר הביטחון לשים סוף להשפלה ולשנות את נהלי הפתיחה באש באופן מיידי!

(rough translation)
This morning I was shocked to see the video of the attack on IDF soldier.
It is inconceivable that our soldiers will be sent on missions with their hands tied behind their back, it’s just a disgrace!
Anyone who tries to harm Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers should know his own blood is in his head.
Should establish that a soldier being attacked may immediately return fire.
I call on the defense minister to put an end to the humiliation and change the procedures for opening fire immediately!

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