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An Israeli soldier attempting to put a suspected pre-teen stone-thrower in the West Bank in a headlock was beaten off by the collective efforts of his Palestinian family. IDF have called the incident a “violent provocation” by a family of celebrity activists.
A viral video has emerged of an unnamed Israeli soldier chasing down a boy whose arm is in a sling outside the village of Nabi Saleh, a frequent flashpoint for protests. As he pins the screaming 12-year-old Mohamed Tamimi down, the soldier is set upon by the boy’s family, including his mother, aunt, and sister.
In the clip, the soldier attempts to wriggle out of the grasp of the choking and biting relatives before being rescued by another soldier, who pulls him out, pushing away a swarm of relatives and activists who arrive at the scene. As he is led away, the visibly flustered IDF private throws down a flash grenade.
The father of the 12-year-old, Bassem Tamimi, who observed the entire incident from behind the camera, said on Facebook that his son had to be taken to hospital, and accused the Israelis of shooting another 9-year-old son two days earlier.
“We protect our family and our land through the resistance,” Tamimi said in another post. “People of the world, stand with Palestine. Stand with the human rights.”
Israel Defense Forces characterized Friday’s incident differently, calling it “a violent disturbance of the peace in Nabi Saleh, in which Palestinians threw stones at IDF forces that were in the place.”Read More »