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WATCH: Israeli soldiers arrest Palestinian for filming them

Soldiers arrest a Palestinian man before shooting his brother in the knee with a rubber bullet.

Israeli soldiers arrested a Palestinian volunteer with an Israeli human rights organization before shooting his brother in the knee with a rubber bullet earlier this month.

The incident took place on February 10 in the West Bank village of Adameh near Nablus as Israeli soldiers guarding the settlement of Yitzhar and its illegal satellite outposts fired tear gas at local Palestinian youths who were reportedly taking a walk nearby.

When Ahmad Ziyada, a Palestinian volunteer with Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem and a resident of Adameh showed up and began filming, the soldiers told him leave. Ziyada’s video shows three Israeli soldiers approaching Ziyada on his land. One of the soldiers, who appears to be an officer, repeatedly tells Ziyada to go home. When the latter refuses, the soldier demands to see his ID card. Ziyada tries to explain that he is a B’Tselem volunteer who is standing on his own land, but the soldier has none of it and calls what sounds like his superior to get an OK to confiscate the camera and arrest Ziyada.

The soldier orders one of the other soldiers to chamber a bullet, at which we hear a gun being cocked. The officer then orders Ziyada to sit, pushing him onto the ground. When Ziyada gets back up a few moments later, the officer has his gun pointed straight at him and once again shoves him down the ground. At this point the camera goes blurry, yet we are able to hear the soldier ordering his soldiers to “aim at him!” and “drop him.” Then the camera goes black.

Ziyada’s brother, Mahmoud, arrived on the scene to see soldiers sitting on Ahmad as he lay on the ground, his arms handcuffed. Mahmoud told B’Tselem that there were around five or six soldiers who pointed their weapons at him to prevent him from reaching his brother.

I wanted to see how my brother was doing after seeing him in this situation. The soldier who sat on him grabbed his head and pushed it to the ground. I noticed that he did this as I drew nearer. When I heard my brother scream I yelled that I would stay back. At this point there were two soldiers who were sitting on him, as if he were a dangerous criminal. I walked a few meters back.

There were a few residents including my brother. We had heard his screams after the soldiers sat on him. I tried to reach him but the soldier cocked his gun and pointed at my stomach, then he pointed it at my left knee and fired. I immediately fell to the ground. My other brother who was there caught me and brought me to a car that belonged to one of the residents. We quickly drove to Burin, where a Red Cross ambulance took me to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus.

Two things to note: the only two sentences the officer can say in Arabic are one of the few combat soldiers are taught: “jib al-hawiyeh” (“give your ID card”) and “ruh al-beit” (a wrong way of saying “go home,” which actually translates to “go the home”). The fact that the officer in question, who is tasked with interacting with an Arabic-speaking civilian population in the West Bank, knows a sentence and a half in Arabic is frankly embarrassing. He does not know Arabic because he did not learn it — because he was never asked to learn it. The mere notion that the vast majority of Israelis who carry out the day-to-day grind in the West Bank cannot communicate properly with those under their control speaks volumes about the respect (or lack thereof) that Israel’s military dictatorship shows its subjects.

Secondly, on Tuesday an Israeli court will hand down its sentence to Elor Azaria, the soldier who was convicted of killing Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif in Hebron early last year. In the end, we do not know what Azaria was thinking when he chambered a bullet in his weapon and shot an incapacitated, unarmed Palestinian man in the head. Surely, however, the person who committed this act could only have viewed the man lying prone on the pavement as less than human. The soldiers in the video exemplify the exact same type of contempt that was shown for the Ziyada brothers, even if the results were far less violent.

What happened to the Ziyada brothers is one incident out of thousands between Palestinians and the occupation every single day. These are stories that go unreported because there are simply too many to cover. If it’s not Palestinians being harassed by soldiers, then it is the government ordering the destruction of an entire Bedouin community, or security forces holding up a Palestinian politician at the checkpoint, or an Israeli court sentencing a cancer-stricken, epileptic boy to prison for throwing rocks. These are the tiny moments that congeal to make Israel’s military dictatorship — which is as arbitrary as it is brutal and unrepentant.

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    1. carmen

      “The soldiers in the video exemplify the exact same type of contempt that was shown for the Ziyada brothers, even if the results were far less violent.”

      Contempt and a lot of fear. Chamber a bullet and the gun is cocked. A gun is in the face of a man armed with a….wait for it….camera. The iof interactions with palestinians happen every single day, often with injuries and deaths suffered overwhelmingly by palestinians for being palestinians, for being alive and for resisting. I’m pretty sure if the situation were reversed, jews would resist with everything they had. Jews have resisted throughout history and joined the ranks of oppressed people around the world in resistance – Heschel marched with Dr. King, jews and muslims in america uniting against religious hatred and intolerance cropping up with threats to burn synagogues and mosques (a mosque burned in the u.s. – the local synagogue offered to share its space).

      It is shameful that arabic isn’t taught in schools – hebrew and arabic are the official languages here, but it isn’t being taught. That’s kinda crazy, right?

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    2. Itshak Gordin Halevy

      The soldier was so patient. In Europe for instance you cannot negotiate with a policeman. You must obey. We must thank our boys of the IDF for their patience.

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      • Baladi Akka 1948

        Could you please tell us which European country is colonizing another people, even harassing them on their own private land to protect the continous theft of land.
        You wrote you recently “immigrated” from Europe, amazing how quickly you’ve lost all human values, did you undergo some kind of brainwashing in a Ulpan ? I simply can’t grasp it, but I guess you have psychiatric issues.

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        • Itshak Gordin Halevy

          You do not know anything about the Jewish people and the Jewish heritage. This is why you write nonsense. Do you know that more and more Christian Arabs incorporate into the Israeli army?

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          • been there

            No Itshak Gordon Halevy..YOU are the one who knows nothing about Judaism. You are a Zionist..a cruel colonialist doctrine that originated in Eastern Europe..many many Jews are humanitarian , opposed to Zionism.

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          • Itshak Gordin Halevy

            I am a traditionalist Jew born in Egypt. Most of Israelis agree with me. I have made Aliyah and I am proud to live here in my homeland in Eretz Israel. The Zionism is the liberation movement of the Jewish People. The “Palestinian” people do not exist. Even “Palestinian” leader admit it.

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          • carmen

            Did you know with every post you look more and more ridiculous? I realize how ridiculous that statement is, considering you started trolling here with the newsflash that you are a descendent of priests and your sons and grandsons, etc. That would be interesting if it weren’t for Isaiah – there won’t be any use for more false prophets and priests who’ve done nothing but lead people astray.

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          • carmen

            You are a traditionalist?? Or just a joker and a smoker?

            Jews Against Zionism
            by Stephen Lendman

            They’re numerous, outspoken, and range from secular to orthodox to one group calling itself “True Torah Jews Against Zionism.”

            They believe that “traditional” Jews don’t support Zionism, an ideology they call “contrary to Jewish law and beliefs and the teachings of the Holy Torah.” They say Zionism:

            – advocates “a political and military end to the Jewish exile;”

            – fosters “pseudo-Judaism” based on secular nationalism;

            – coercively seeks “armed materialism” in place of “a Divine and Torah centered understanding;”

            – endangers all Jews worldwide;

            – wants to disassociate Jews and traditional Judaism from ideological Zionism; and

            – calls Israel a “Zionist State,” not a Jewish one.

            – cite their concern for “peace and safety of all people throughout the world including those living in the Zionist state” and in Occupied Palestine;

            – say from ancient times until 100 years ago, Jews and Arabs lived in peace and friendship until Zionism changed the relationship;

            – believe Zionists abandoned the Torah and traditional Judaism, demanded political sovereignty over the Holy Land, and aroused anger in the Arab world; and

            – Torah Jewry doesn’t recognize or support a Zionist state; nor do they represent world Jews; even the name “Israel” is a “forgery,” they believe, because the Torah forbids violence in the words of the prophet Isaiah who said:

            “And they will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. No nation will lift its sword against any other, nor will they learn warfare anymore.”

            Torah Jewry says that believing Zionism protects Jews is “probably the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the Jewish People” and accuses Zionists of fostering global anti-Semitism. “Indeed, hatred of Jews and Jewish suffering is the oxygen of the Zionist movement, and from the very beginning has been (used) to deliberately incite hatred to justify the existence of the Zionist state – this is, of course, Machiavellianism raised to the highest order.”

            Zionist founder Theodor Herzl (1860 – 1904) said:

            “It is essential that the suffering of Jews….becomes worse….this will assist in (the) realization of our plans….I have an excellent idea….I shall induce anti-semites to liquidate Jewish wealth….The anti-semites will assist us thereby in that they will strengthen the persecution and oppression of Jews. The anti-semites shall be our best friends.” SICK

            Jews Against Zionism–an intro to their perspective | Tikkun Magazine

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          • i_like_ike52

            So-called “True Torah Jews” and Neturei Karta are tiny organizations of cranks who represent no one other their little clique, and even the larger group of non-Orthodox non-Zionists completely disassociate themselves from them. What you are doing is totally intellectually dishonest in taking a very tiny break-away group from a much larger religion/nation grouping and claiming they represent “authentic Judaism” whereas the other 99.99% completely reject their views.
            Neturei Karta are big hypocrites, because while they curse Israel and Zionism, they continue to live inside Israel and while worshipping the FATAH and other Palestinian rejectionist groups, DO NOT CHOOSE TO LIVE IN THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES, even while they get money from them.

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          • carmen

            Right. And the words of heschel and the other story today about the israeli right not saying a word about the rise in antisemitism is nothing, right? Zionism is a scam, and everyone suffers because of it. But that’s the whole point, obviously.

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          • carmen

            So are you Itshak’s mouthpiece now? Think he needs help? Me too; he sure won’t find it here.

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          • Itshak Gordin Halevy

            The Zionism is a huge success. The State of Israel is stronger every day. Leaders are coming from the whole world to meet the Israeli government. There are every day more Jews in the liberated Judea and Samaria. The Israeli economic policy as well as the aliya are working well. Our enemies are divided and they sink into the chaos. You must understand that the opinions of Mr. Lendman, of some leftists or assimilated Jews have absolutely no importance.

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          • Ben

            “So-called “True Torah Jews” and Neturei Karta are tiny organizations of cranks who represent no one other their little clique”

            I agree. But if your fellow “Zionist” contributor here is not a crank then the word loses all meaning. Problem is he represents more than a little clique. Anyone who thinks the productions of a nutty cult member with an astonishingly simple mind that conveys an almost zombie-like quality will convince anyone outside the cult? That they will not conclude from it the opposite? That the cult simply cannot be reasoned with and has to be stayed by the forces at states’ disposal?

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          • i_like_ike52

            Correction-I meant to say that the Orthodox non-Zionists have disassociated themselves from the Neturei Karta, not the “non-Orthodox non-Zionists”.

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    3. carmen

      Proverbs 26:3-12
      3.A whip is for the horse, a bridle is for the donkey, and a rod is for the body of fools.
      4.Do not answer a fool according to his folly lest even you become like him.
      5.Answer a fool according to his folly lest he be wise in his sight.
      6.He who sends a message by the hand of a fool wears out legs and “drinks violence.”
      7.The thighs seem raised to a lame man, and [that is] a parable in the mouth of fools.
      8.He who gives honor to a fool is as binding a stone in a slingshot.
      came up in a drunkard’s hand and a parable in the mouth of fools.
      10.The Master created all, and He hires a fool, and He hires transients.
      11.As a dog returns to his vomit, so does a fool repeat his folly.
      12.If you see a man who is wise in his own eyes, there is more hope for a fool than for him.

      Show that you aren’t a fool and don’t respond.

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      • Itshak Gordin Halevy

        Carmen, our famous Rabbis say that the descendants of Ismael can live in Eretz Israel as long as the Jewish people are absent. As soon as the Jewish people will be back, Ismael will have to leave or to stay as a minority. It is a pity that our leftist do not study our Holy Books.

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