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Jerusalem Police shoot 10-year-old Palestinian boy in the eye

Over the past several months, Jerusalem Police has been stepping up its use of a new weapon: black-tipped sponge bullets. 

A Palestinian youth displays a black sponge-tipped bullet shot by Israeli police near the Shuafat Refugee Camp in East Jerusalem, November 7, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian youth displays a black sponge-tipped bullet shot by Israeli police near the Shuafat Refugee Camp in East Jerusalem, November 7, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israeli Police wounded a 10-year-old Palestinian child in the eye Thursday afternoon while dispersing protesters near the Shuafat refugee camp in Jerusalem, according to Arabic media outlets in East Jerusalem. The boy, who was most likely hit by a black-tipped sponge bullet, was hospitalized in moderate condition in Hadassah University Hospital. It is unclear what will be the fate of his eye.

Jerusalem Police responded to the incident, stating that “Public works projects take place in the Shuafat refugee camp, including the expansion of an entry/exit lane and a large parking lot for students. Several dozen residents assembled and began to throw stones at Border Policemen, who were guarding the projects. The Border Police used riot-dispersal means. Among the rioters, a boy was evacuated by the Red Cross to the checkpoint after likely being hit by a sponge-tipped bullet. From the checkpoint he was transferred by an ambulance to the hospital.”

The connection between shooting a 10-year-old boy and the details of the public works projects is not entirely clear.

Over the past several months, Jerusalem Police has been stepping up its use of a new weapon: black-tipped sponge bullets. These have already led to the death of one teen, have caused four children to lose their sight, and have led Walla! and Activestills photographer, Tali Mayer, to sustain facial fractures. Just two months ago, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) called on the Attorney General to put an end to the black-tipped sponge bullets.

This article was first published in Hebrew on Local Call. Read it here.

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    1. Bruce Gould

      I understand, really I do: Jewish history is awful, it’s a thousand years of pogroms ending in the Holocaust (medieval kings liked to appoint Jews as tax collectors – very clever!). So for a lot of people, Israel is a symbol of redemption that makes all this terrible history make sense, and we do think mostly symbolically (why else be upset when someone burns a flag – it’s just a piece of cloth, right?)

      But the symbol isn’t the same as reality. Israel is a normal country with severe human rights problems, and for decades it’s used the whole Jew/Holocaust/victim/guilt memeplex to forestall social change.

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      • The Trespasser

        Problems? Problems!? The problem is that Jews that they have a right to have a homeland, in Palestine or elsewhere.

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        • David T.

          According to the ‘Trespasser’s Torah Part One: Laws of Life and Death between Israel and the Nations’ Jews have the right to create a state anywhere they like and it’s not a problem to violate the human rights of the Nonjewish natives.

          Make an appendix: The use of this bullets and the emerging pattern of shooting these children into their face is the fault of them being Nonjewish and that they may become even more hostile towards Jews without any self explanatory reason.

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    2. Pedro X

      Palestinian Arabs in Shuafat complain about lack of Israeli investment in their part of the City. Yet Jerusalem has municipal workers working on public projects for the benefit of the residents of Shuafat. What do the people of Shuafat do to show their appreciation? They attack their benefactors. The Palestinians send their kids to harm workers. The border police knowing what to expect came prepared to prevent the Palestinians from harming the municipal workers and responded to the Palestinian violence by breaking up the attempts to harm the municipal workers. In the process one of the rioters got himself injured.

      One has to ask where the responsible Palestinian parents and adults are if they allow ten year old children to participate in senseless violence against the border police. If anything, the adult Palestinians want to see Palestinian children injured.

      Golda Meir said that there would be no peace until the Palestinians loved their children more than they hated Israelis. Given that Palestinians treat their children as cannon fodder and human bombs peace is far off.

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      • Ben

        Wow. Nauseating canned Hasbara. Every dishonest cliche in the book. 150 mm shell of Hasbara unloaded on a 10 year old boy getting shot in the face against all regulations by a soldier. And not an isolated incident by any means.

        “According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, 1,003 people were injured by sponge-tipped bullets in East Jerusalem in the second half of 2014, of whom 144 needed hospital treatment. At least 47 of the victims were hit in the upper body, in complete violation of the rules for using sponge-tipped bullets. The statistics, which were compiled by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, were included in a letter that ACRI sent the police commissioner and attorney general earlier yesterday, before Amudi was injured.”

        Not one Jew and certainly not one Jewish child has ever been shot by a soldier, in the face or anywhere else, for rioting and throwing rocks–at defenseless villagers never mind shielded soldiers. This is “riot control” when you are a racist that sees the people he’s shooting at as subhuman. Where’d the soldiers get that idea? Let me quote their deputy defense minister and head of the civil administration: “[Palestinians] are beasts, they are not human.” “A Jew always has a much higher soul than a gentile, even if he is a homosexual.”

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        • Pedro X

          Piddle posh, Ben. Anyone who engages in mob violent behavior in attempts to kill and injury others will be dealt with by the law. The Palestinians have been sending their children to the front lines for decades hoping their children will get injured.

          Arab-Israeli journalist Khaled Abu Toameh wrote about this on October 29, 2014. Here are some extracts from the report.

          “These children are being sent to throw stones and firebombs, and launch fireworks at policemen and IDF soldiers, as well as at Israeli civilians and vehicles, including buses and the light rail in Jerusalem.”

          “The exploitation of children in the fight against Israel has attracted little attention from the international community and media. Human rights groups and United Nations institutions have chosen to turn a blind eye to these human rights abuses.

          Instead of condemning those who exploit the children and dispatch them to confront policemen and soldiers, these groups and institutions are busy denouncing Israel for targeting minors.

          Most of the children’s attacks occur after school, so they are not deprived of education. But sadly, some of the Palestinian minors get killed or wounded in clashes with Israeli security forces.”

          “This is not the first time that Palestinian groups use children in the struggle against Israel. During the first intifada, which erupted in 1987, children and women were often at the forefront in clashes with Israeli security personnel.

          This strategy works out well for Palestinian groups such as Hamas and Fatah. At the end of the day, they can always blame Israel for “deliberately” targeting Palestinian children and women — an allegation that the mainstream media in the West often endorses without asking questions.

          Moreover, the Palestinian groups know that the children who are being sent to confront Israeli soldiers and policemen will not be held accountable.”

          “These children are victims of a campaign of indoctrination and incitement that is being waged by various Palestinian groups such as Hamas and Fatah. It is a campaign that is being waged through the media, mosques, educational institutions and the fiery rhetoric of leaders and activists.”

          “There are also reports that Fatah and Hamas activists in Jerusalem have been paying children small sums of money to throw stones and firebombs at Israelis and block roads in several Arab neighborhoods.

          Hamas and Fatah had long discovered that children are one of the most effective tools in the fight against Israel — especially because of the damage Israel sustains in the court of international public opinion.”

          BTW Israeli police have been known to be brutally violent against Jews including children. Check out this story from Arutzsheva earlier this year.

          Feb. 1, 2014:

          “Three children from the same family were arrested Sunday morning after they resisted police during demolitions of their home community of Givat Gal near Hevron, the Honenu civil rights group reports.

          The IDF’s Civil Administration forces, along with police, destroyed a path surrounding the community, and clashes with locals erupted at the site.

          Three brothers, aged 9, 12, and 14, were arrested for resisting the raid on their home.

          Family members and witnesses stated that the three minors were severely beaten. The 14 year-old, whose hand was broken before clashes broke out, may have had his other hand broken by a police officer, Magen David Adom (MDA) medics at the scene said.

          Police repeatedly refused the boy medical treatment and took him in for questioning instead. The 9 year-old was also beaten and the 12 year-old was strangled.

          All were taken to the police station in the Hevron Hills; dozens gathered outside to protest the unlawful detention of children.

          Honenu attorneys are working quickly for their release, and noted particularly that the 9 year-old is under the age of criminal responsibility in Israel.

          “We are amazed every time at how the police crosses red lines,” Honenu stated about the case. “How can they brutally beat 9 and 12 year-old children and then arrest them for allegedly breaking the law?”

          “Even Arab children disturbing border police have not received such cruel treatment,”

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          • Ben

            “The Palestinians have been sending their children to the front lines for decades hoping their children will get injured.”

            I can just as easily and equally without access to magical mind reading equipment replace Palestinians with Jewish settlers in that sentence and it is equally unfalsifiable BS.

            ” mob violent behavior in attempts to kill and injury others will be dealt with by the law.”

            The settlers do it all the time and are never dealt with by the law. In the usual case they are protected by not shot at soldiers while they are doing it! And shooting in the face is not by law it is against the law i.e. military regulations. And you can trot out an isolated incident of rogue border police brutality against Jews (whose parents perhaps sent them to be injured, is that it?)–whoever said Israeli police are innocent of garden variety police brutality?–but that in no way is the equivalent of the systematic, organized, military commander sanctioned, defense minister approved, repetitive practice of shooting kids with live ammo and shooting at the chest and head with these “sponge” tip bullets.

            “Even Arab children…”

            The Honenu attorneys, although making a reckless and unsubstantiated and frankly dubious claim that Arab children are not subject to brutality, in the same sentence tacitly admit that Arab and Jewish children are systematically treated very differently and imply that they should be!

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          • Ben

            Correction: …protected not shot at by soldiers…

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    3. Ben

      Ah another visit from the Israeli Ambassador. And what a great example he sets. Here to exemplify the mores of the typical Israeli on the street? Their average intelligence level? Their typical attitude towards Arabs? Israel must be so proud of you. Let’s sing Hatikhva while the Ambassador recites for us his ethos. We are so impressed. So stirring. So heart warming. So admirable. Great job.
      Another own goal by the Hasbara Team.

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