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Palestinian women bite, fight off Israeli soldier trying to arrest 12-yo boy

Palestinian women bite, fight off Israeli soldier trying to arrest 12-yo boy

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.”

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US accused of human rights violation

US accused of human rights violation

Washington - The United States has violated the economic and legal rights of its citizens to an alarming degree, the CATO Institute said in a new report.

According to the Washington-based think tank’s newly published Human Rights Index, the United States’ ranking fell from the 17th place in 2008 to the 20th in 2012, declining in indicators of rule of law and economic freedom, among others.

“The US performance is worrisome and shows the United States can no longer claim to be the leading bastion of liberty in the world,” said Ian Vasquez, co-author of the report.

According to Vasquez, in addition to the expansion of regulatory state and drop in economic freedom, the war on terror, the war on drugs and the erosion of property rights have all likely contributed to the United States’ decline.

The United States has recently seen waves of domestic protests against and worldwide condemnation of its human rights violations as cases of police shooting dead African Americans, most notably the one in Ferguson, Missouri, happened frequently in the country.

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Four Palestinian children, including 6-year old, Injured in Kufur Qaddoum protest march

Four Palestinian children, including 6-year old, Injured in Kufur Qaddoum protest march

Palestinian medical sources have reported that four residents were injured Friday, after Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest in Kufur Qaddoum town, near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.

The protesters, accompanied by international activists, marched through the village, demanding that Israel open the main village road that was blocked by the army 13 years ago in order to enable easy access by Israeli colonizers to the Kedumim illegal colony, built on Palestinian lands.

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Slovenia Top in ECHR Report by Human Rights Violation Rate

Slovenia Top in ECHR Report by Human Rights Violation Rate

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has established human rights violations in 304 cases against Slovenia so far, which is the highest rate per capita among all 47 Council of Europe countries.

 A report providing the court's statistics for 1959-2014 shows that the ECHR received more than 8,400 cases against Slovenia, judging in 323 of the cases and finding at least one violation in 304 cases.

Most of the violations established concern the right to trial within a reasonable time and the right to effective legal remedy.

A graphic analysis of the ECHR support on the Rights Info portal finds Slovenia has the highest violation rate relative to its population with 148 violations per million people.

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