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WATCH: Palestinians, IDF clash in Hebron, days after soldier's death

Clashes erupted Tuesday in Hebron, just days after an Israeli soldier was shot dead in the city. The clashes, which began as a small protest, slowly swelled into a full-scale confrontation, as hundreds of Palestinian youth threw rocks and molotov cocktails at rubber bullet-wielding soldiers. 

By Elias Nawawieh

The confrontation began after the Israelis closed the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Ibrahimi Mosque) to Muslim worshippers, due to the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Palestinians began throwing rocks and molotov cocktails and created barriers on the street, at which point Israeli soldiers responded with sound grenades and rubber bullets. Approximately six youths were wounded by rubber bullets, while two Israeli soldiers were wounded from stone throwing.

Israeli soldiers huddle together during clashes in Hebron. (photo: Elias Nawawieh)

Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers in Hebron, just days after soldier killed in the city. (photo: Elias Nawawieh)

A Palestinian protester prepares a molotov cocktail during clashes with IDF soldiers in Hebron. (photo: Elias Nawawieh)

Elias Nawawieh is a photojournalist and filmmaker based in Bethlehem, Palestine. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Elias’s passion is meeting people and helping their story to be told through media. He has been covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for almost 8 years.

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    1. Vadim

      The choice of words is great.

      “Palestinians began throwing rocks and molotov cocktails and created barriers on the street” == “Clashes erupt”

      “Israeli soldiers huddle together”

      And the “protester” with the Molotov cocktail is the best. You bring Molotov cocktails with you to protests? Well, some people do.

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      • I see these Israeli soldiers in an almost impossible situation. They can engage in the ritual push forward, move back to the young men’s rocks and Molotovs, acting with perfect pitch and restraint–but eventually a mistake will be made, leading to real escalation; then ritual conflict ends and life truncation begins.

        This is not a dead end road but cliff drop, and I cannot see how to stop the run thereto.

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    2. Vadim

      Here’s a simple way to stop these kinds of events.

      Stop the “uncontrollable rage” routine, stop “protesting” with Molotov cocktails and rocks and stop treating every action taken by Israel (or Jews) as a provocation you cannot ignore.

      It will not solve all our issues, but it will a step in the right direction.

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      • JG

        An occupation of peoples land is a provocation is an ongoing provocation which can’t be ignored.
        Unless you live denying facts with your head in the sand like most Israelis do.

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        • The Trespasser

          Leftist lies.

          Provocation is the very presence of Jews anywhere for the river to the sea.

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        • Vadim

          Sadly, you are wrong. I wish land was the real cause of our struggle.

          Do you remember what officially sparked the second Intifada? Sharon’s visit to the temple mount. A Jewish PM visit to the holiest place for Jews is a provocation.

          The restoration of the Hurva Synagogue was a provocation.

          Archaeological digs around the temple mount are a provocation.

          Jews moving in to your neighbourhood (inside the green line) is a provocation.

          Israeli police making an arrest inside your village is a provocation.

          EVERYTHING is an irresistible provocation.

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