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WATCH: Israeli forces detain 7-year-old Palestinian boy in Hebron

Israeli Border Police detained two Palestinian boys aged seven and 12 in the West Bank city of Hebron Monday morning on suspicion of throwing stones.

Before school on Monday, a group of Palestinian youths allegedly threw stones at an Israeli Border Police checkpoint in Hebron. According to International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activists who witnessed and filmed the scene, it took some time before the officers came out of their protected position and began making arrests. The ISM activists said there was no certainty that the boys who were detained were in any way connected to the stone throwing.

The children were detained by Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint for around 40 minutes before releasing them. This is not the first time that Israeli soldiers or police have been filmed detaining Palestinian children in Hebron and its surroundings.

In the video, which was shot by ISM activists, the Israeli officers can be seen carrying the seven year old, who at times appears to be crying.

The age of criminal culpability under Israeli military law is 12.

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    1. Whiplash

      Boy those Israelis are sure bad in holding and releasing Palestinian children involved in a violent riot.

      By the way where are the responsible Palestinian adults to make sure that their children do not get involved in such rioting? Oh, I forgot Palestinians encourage their children to throw rocks at Israeli forces.

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      • Ak

        Ohhhh poor soldiers getting hit by rocks. People like you are as cowardly and pathetic as those murdering soldiers

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        • Richard

          They wear an Israeli uniform so they must be murderers right? Collective guilt totally makes sense for Jews, I am with you 100%.

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      • Joe

        Boy, those Israeli troops have no business being in this village. It was high time long ago that CIVILIAN policing, not open-ended martial law, should have been applied to Palestinians — as equally to Israelis.

        Stop the occupation, remove settlements, and the stone throwing will magically stop in the West Bank and the Qassam rockets will stop in Gaza.

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      • Jan

        Why shouldn’t they throw rocks at their oppressors and occupiers? If I were there I would want to throw more than rocks.

        Whiplash, if you lived under the circumstances into which israel has put the Palestinians would you bow down to your oppressors or do whatever you could to get them out?

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      • Jan

        How many Jewish children are arrested when they throw rocks at Palestinian children and Palestinian farmers? There are plenty of videos documenting this. In fact in some areas the IDF has to walk kids to school to protect them from the rock throwing illegal settlers.

        Are those illegal settlers or their brats ever arrested? Not at all. Maybe they are politely told to stop but take a Jewish kid to jail for throwing rocks at Palestinians? Never. After all, the only reason that the IDF is there is to protect the illegal settlers and they don’t give a damn about the Palestinians who most of the IDF regard as subhuman in the same way as the Nazis regarded Jews as subhuman.

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    2. Danny

      For all of Israel’s hasbara – a well-oiled propaganda machine costing hundreds of millions per year – nothing it produces can ever come close to the shock value of seeing two uniformed thugs carrying away a weeping little boy.

      Hasbara, schmasbara.

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    3. ***By the way where are the responsible Palestinian adults to make sure that their children do not get involved in such rioting? Oh, I forgot Palestinians encourage their children to throw rocks at Israeli forces***

      Let that even be true (for argument’s sake), how does that give the snotballs you call your ‘army’ the right to do what they do there?

      You expect that sort of behaviour from armed and uniformed thugs in some banana republic, not from ‘the only Democracy in the ME(TM)’.

      Will they be disciplined? Will pigs fly?

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      • Whiplash

        Gert, when the IDF are the only adults present, they need to take charge of kids who are part of a riot or in harms way.

        In most civilized societies adults escort their young children to and from school and do not let them participate or be present at riots. Where I live we have school monitors, crossing guards, bus drivers and parents looking to keep children out of harm’s way. With all of the unemployed people in the West Bank, it should not be too hard for parents to arrange responsible adults to keep their kids out of trouble.

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        • Momo6

          These children – what they are doing is resistance against occupation, which is their right and obligation.

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          • Whiplash

            If the children have to throw stones to prove their bones in the resistance, then the police will arrest them. If they do the crime, they will pay the fine or do the time.

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        • Michael

          When I was in Hebron in November, 2006, I observed Jewish settler parents encouraging their children to throw stones at Palestinian children who were walking home from school. Needless to say, no action was taken against either the children or the parents. Unlike the Israeli soldiers who are attired in riot gear, the Palestinian children had no protection at all from the stones.

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        • Gert

          Whiplash:

          You’re a twit not worth dealing with.

          My daughter went to school unescorted from about 10, as did most of her friends.

          But here the BA wouldn’t exactly handle kids that way.

          In Israel all that’s fine because they’re only Palestinians.

          Now please buy that colouring in book and those crayons to keep you busy.

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        • Jan

          Here is a link to a video taken in Hebron of some Israeli brats throwing rocks at a human rights worker. No IDF in sight. The little brats finally run home to mommy. Where was mommy when her little darlings were out throwing rocks? Probably telling her other children to go out and do the same. After all this is Hebron and the illegal settlers believe they and their brat kids can do whatever they want and get away with it.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBIcdoOKB9c&feature=share

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        • JayGoldenBeach

          Whiplash – you sound like a self-righteous American. Come down from your high horse before you fall and get hurt.

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      • sara

        Gert, when the “IDF” kills their parents they have no home so they live in the streets, you’ve done the worst of the worst and you think palestinians are just going to sit and watch ?

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    4. Gb

      This action is being typical of the Israelis. shame, horror of abuses

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      • Whiplash

        What awful shame, Israel detains for 40 minutes a child involved in a riot while unaccompanied by adult. The horror, the horror. Meanwhile ISIS and Hamas use children as suicide bombers, cannon fodder, human shields, mules, lookouts and fighters. Gb is there no shame or horror in these actions?

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        • andrew r

          I’ve pointed out here before that the Haganah had a “youth battalion” (gedud nuar, gadna). Israelis really don’t have any business lecturing people on the use of children when their own military history has a few cases of such.

          http://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%92%D7%93%D7%A0%22%D7%A2

          “They dug anti-tank in Beit Vegan, Talpiot and Qatamon, established checkpoints all over the area and prepared the airport and the new road between Jerusalem and Bab el Wad (Shaar Hagai). These works were made after May 15, under constant bombardment, which killed about a dozen Gadna youngsters in the first month of the Arab invasion. Approximately sixty percent of all jobs in the city fortifications were made by them. Nearly 600 Gadna youngsters were recruited for these jobs every day.”

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    5. bor

      Um, would someone please post the video of what preceded this? Do you think we are all idiots?

      Seriously, it’s not enough that you’re publishing ISM videos, but you do it without the context? The videographer who is so certain “this is human” surely has the footage of what preceded this. Where is it? Did the boys throw big rocks from a balcony? Did they injure someone? Did they damage something?

      And if they did, when soldiers were around, should they be left alone as if this is nothing more than a game? “Detaining” them now might teach them a lesson so they don’t get seriously hurt another time.

      More idiotic propaganda.

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      • Jan

        This is not propaganda. This happens all the time.

        Not long ago I watched a video of testimony from a former member of the IDF who said that they enter the villages in order to “make a provocation.”

        What the hell is the IDF doing there anyway? Just trying to show the Palestinians that they are the boss and that they had better not show one bit of resistance to the brutal and vicious occupation?

        Jews and other people would not stand for this? Why should the Palestinians?

        Finally, it is repeated over and over again that the Palestinians teach their children to hate. I say that the biggest teacher of hate is the Israeli Defense Forces.

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        • bor

          Pure, unadulterated propaganda.

          Where is the rest of the video?

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          • Jan

            You don’t need to see any more of the video. This happens all the time. The brave IDF does this to kids all the time.

            The IDF needs to get the hell out of the areas where Palestinians live. They are an occupying army bent on terrorizing the people. Israel has done this for far too long. The world is getting on to you and you can’t whine that you are victims and that everyone hates Jews. Israel is spreading the hatred and, as a Jew, I am sick to death of what Israel is doing. Get out of the territories or eventually you may pay an unwelcome price.

            I suggest that you watch this Australian Broadcasting Company video, Stone Cold Justice, about what Israel does to Palestinians kids.

            http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2014/02/10/3939266.htm

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          • bor

            Where’s the rest of the video, Jan? Stop dissembling already. Where is it?

            I’ve been watching this crap for years. In the days of the Palestinian War of 2000, Palestinian fighters would stand in the back of mass demonstrations with kids at the front. They would shoot at Israeli soldiers. When kids got hurt in the crossfire, we read all about Israel’s brutality toward kids. When Israel found kids smuggling arms, kids wearing suicide vests, all these human rights activists would lecture us about their right to resistance without an ounce of concern for the crime of sending them out and the criminals who do it. When kids throw rocks that endanger drivers and their families, sometimes with deadly consequences, they are held to be “just kids” despite the criminality of the offense. And, when they attack soldiers, sometimes with severe consequences to the soldiers, somehow the soldiers are supposed to accept the injury or danger. After all, it’s just kids.

            Where is the rest of the video?

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          • Jan

            A lot of what you write is pure Hasbara. But even were it so the IDF has no business in the territories as they go there deliberately to keep their jackboots on the necks of the Palestinians who have every right in the world to resist with any means possible. You are the Occupiers. They are the Oppressed. You can’t keep your jackboots on their necks forever. The Oppressed will arise whether or not you like it.

            BTW, when there are videos showing settler terrorists throwing rocks at Palestinian girls on their way to school or throwing rocks at Palestinian farmers working on their own land do you want to see all of the video? I doubt it.

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          • Average American

            I’d like to see the rest of the video too. I’m very interested in seeing where USA tax dollars are going. I think about how much of IDF uniforms USA paid for, how many vehicles they used that USA paid for, rifles, tear gas, etc. Money better spent at home on public schools. Israel isn’t in danger of being over-run by a Palestinian horde. Israel isn’t in danger at all, it’s the regional superpower and best economy of the region. What a waste. Israel NEEDS an enemy to justify its ultra-nationalism. Israel doesn’t want to ever be “secure”, there must always be a “threat” from the outside, from The Others.

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          • Richard

            Its hilarious that Americans obsessed with hating Israel do not understand how absurd the pretext of caring about the moral use of their tax dollars actually sounds. There’s absolutely no way you understand how much of the federal budget is used for immoral purposes or wasted or not spent to save peoples’ lives – otherwise you would see how insignificant US tax dollars to Israel are from a moral perspective. You obviously don’t care about Israel because of US aid so stop using it as an excuse for your prejudice.

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          • Average American

            Richard – I didn’t say anything about moral. What about what I DID say?

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          • Richard

            I guess you’ve never heard of a concept called “inference” – but I’m not bothering with you anymore because you’re a nut who thinks Israel wants to conquer Iraq. Have a nice life.

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      • Shannon Hall

        “Do you think we are all idiots?”

        Yep. Right wing idiots whose only job is to tell us the kids deseved that.
        Nobody with any brain in the world beliv this fascist excuses anymore.

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        • bor

          Okay, so you acknowledge that you’re an idiot. I was speaking for the rest of us.

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    6. gail

      No-one has the right to do this to young children, even if they were throwing stones, and to people that defend these animals shame on you! May this happen to your child and see how you feel.

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      • Richard

        Actually…police should definitely have the right to stop kids from throwing rocks. Its pretty absurd to suggest otherwise.

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        • Average American

          As long as every person living in Israel gets the SAME treatment.

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          • Richard

            You’re right, it totally makes sense to have officers read a “human rights” report comparing the relative arrests for alleged rock-throwing Jewish and Arab kids, to make sure that they are justified in arresting a kid who happens to be lobbing a rock at them on any given day…because if there’s any difference then it would make perfect sense to just let the rock throwing continue until the police are buried in rocks. Oh wait we’re living in the real world.

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          • Average American

            Richard – I didn’t say anything about human rights report. What about what I DID say?

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          • Richard

            I guess you’ve never heard of a concept called “inference” – but I’m not bothering with you anymore because you’re a nut who thinks Israel wants to conquer Iraq. Have a nice life.

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    7. Pedro X

      Police and child welfare authorities in the US and United Kingdom do this all the time. They apprehend children who cause harm or put themselves in harm way. They hold them until a responsible adult can take physical custody of them.

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    8. Gert

      ***Police and child welfare authorities in the US and United Kingdom do this all the time. They apprehend children who cause harm or put themselves in harm way. They hold them until a responsible adult can take physical custody of them.***

      No, they bloody well don’t!

      Next you’ll make out the IDF are really social workers! Turn the world on its head, why don’t you? Oh, wait, that’s what Zionism does…

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    9. Richard

      Palestinians conducted an organized rampage of murder and expelled Hebron’s ancient Jewish community before Israel even existed. Their feelings have not changed since and they teach their kids to challenge any Jewish presence in the city, even though the most famous building in Hebron is a Jewish shrine from antiquity. Palestinians say that angels built it – go figure! Israel established a tiny new Jewish community there, and that is an affront to humanity for Leftists for some reason, even though you would expect them to see the justice the the return of Jews the Hebron.

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      • Jan

        It must be remembered that at the time of the terrible Hebron Massacre Jews had made it clear that they planned to take Palestine for themselves. Twelve years earlier Britain issued the Balfour Declaration which gave Palestine to the Jews and the Arabs were likely and understandably not keen on this.

        Here is what Wikipedia has to say.

        “In mid-August 1929, hundreds of Jewish nationalists marched to the Western Wall in Jerusalem shouting slogans such as The Wall is Ours and raising the Jewish national flag. Rumours spread that Jewish youths had also attacked Arabs and had cursed Muhammad Following an inflammatory sermon the next day, hundreds of Muslims converged on the Western Wall, burning prayer books and injuring the beadle. The rioting soon spread to the Jewish commercial area of town and the next day, a young Jew was stabbed to death. The authorities failed to quell the violence. On Friday, August 23, inflamed by rumors that Jews were planning to attack al-Aqsa Mosque, Arabs started to attack Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem. The first murders of the day took place when two or three Arabs passing by the Jewish Quarter of Mea Shearim were assassinated. Rumours that Jews had massacred Arabs in Jerusalem arrived in Hebron by that evening.”

        That massacre did not occur in a vacuum.

        As far as the Jews in Hebron go, they are a vile lot. They have forced the closure of Arab businesses on Shuhada St., they throw their garbage and urine on Palestinians who walk below. Palestinians have been forced to place netting above their walkway so as not to be covered with settler garbage and feces. Palestinians have also had to cover their windows with steel netting because the filthy settlers love to throw rocks through the windows. These bloody settlers are an insult to Judaism.

        Richard, if you really want to see what is going on in Hebron I suggest that you take a tour with Breaking the Silence. In case you don’t know Breaking the Silence, it is a group of former members of the IDF who have broken the silence on what they did when they served as occupiers.

        Finally I hope that you know that when the terrorist Baruch Goldstein murdered 29 Palestinians at prayer, the Jews of Hebron were not punished but the Palestinians were. While the Jews walked around, some praising the terrorist, Palestinians were punished and confined to their homes. After that the settlers were the kings and allowed to do whatever they wanted. And there is a prime example of Israeli “justice.”

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    10. Haye

      After reading, watching and learning alot about the conflict in Palastine my opinion is quite onesided! Where years ago I felt the Jews had a point reacting strongly against there hatefull neigbours, nowdays alot of things have changed my opionion and made me pro Palastine. A new age of free and unbiased information is out there now! You can see with your own eyes now, how Israel isn’t the victim but infact is the problem in the conflict. The killing, torterching and molesting of young Palastine children needs too stop. The illegal settlements need too get rid off and rightwinged (zionists) extremist Jews need too be removed out of power! If you beleive that behaviour of the IDF is justified because “god” has promised you the land, there is something very wrong with you! Free the people of Palastine! We as a free world can’t look away anymore, we need too let Israel know that they need too stop this nonsense and force them too make peace!

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      • Richard

        Haye – It doesn’t make sense to try to decide whether Israelis are evil or Palestinians are evil – things aren’t that simple. If you think that ending Zionism will bring peace or justice, think about (for example) how much Israeli Jews will fight to maintain power and control their own security, given the history of the area. And do you think Palestinians would really treat Jews well if they were the majority and in charge of the whole country? They wouldn’t. Israelis have good reasons to be afraid of Palestinians, even if you think that they’ve behaved badly. You don’t need to see things in black and white.

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      • Average American

        Haye – Zionism isn’t about peace. Zionism has more to conquer. Zionism says the whole of The Land Of Israel belongs to The Jews, not just the current State of Israel (+ Golan Heights + West Bank). Netanyahu uses that phrase “Land of Israel”. What is it? It’s Lebanon, Syria, Cyprus, half of Iraq (to the Euphrates), Jordan, quarter of western Saudi Arabia, and Sinai (to the River of Egypt). Whew!

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        • Richard

          You’re posting delusional nonsense so probably better to stop posting. Making Americans look stupid.

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          • Average American

            Richard – I’m posting Herzl and Begin and Shamir and others. What then do YOU say are the borders of The Land Of Israel according to Zionism? From where to where on a map? Like the map on Begin’s Irgun posters?

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          • Richard

            I hope you find help distinguishing between reality and fantasy…FYI though, Saruman isn’t really trying to conquer Middle Earth even though you might have seen a map that suggests otherwise. Bye now.

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          • Average American

            Richard – Never a straight answer from you.

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      • American Jew

        Where can I find this unbiased news?

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