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WATCH: Soldiers taunt, set dogs on Palestinian teen

Israeli army decries video showing soldiers taunting and setting dogs on Palestinian, despite it being IDF policy.

A leaked video showing a 16-year old Palestinian being attacked by two canines, while being held by two IDF soldiers, was posted on Facebook on Monday by former Knesset member and far-rightist Michael Ben-Ari (who later removed it). It quickly spread around the web and made headlines in Israel.

WARNING: Footage may be disturbing to some

The incident itself took place last December 23 in between the Karmei Tzur settlement and Beit Ummar, a Palestinian village in the southern West Bank. The video — considered classified material not meant for public consumption — was filmed by a soldier, who can be heard saying “Who’s the coward now?” and egging the dogs on by saying “Bite him.” The IDF issued a statement to the press today that this is a highly irregular incident that should not occur, and that an investigation will be opened, after which the necessary steps will be taken.

But according to Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, which reported on this incident when it happened, the IDF has a policy of using canines to arrest Palestinians — a method the organization has consistently demanded the IDF cease. Therefore, the army’s dismayed response contradicts its regular arrest procedure, likely directed by orders from above. B’Tselem spokesperson Sarit Michaeli told +972 that while it is indeed awful to see a dog sink its teeth into a human being, the video doesn’t show anything irregular by IDF standards. It appears to show the moment when soldiers try to pull the dogs off the youth in order to arrest him for throwing stones. According to Michaeli, the issue is not with the soldier who egged on the dogs, but rather with the policy as a whole.

It is unclear why Ben-Ari chose to post the video, since it only makes the IDF look bad. However, it is ironic that thanks to him, Israeli viewers have a chance to see this cruel method in action.

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    1. Danny

      Ho hum. Another day, another Israeli atrocity in the OPT.
      What else is new?


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      • Sheikh Yahudi

        I have a feeling that this kid will be okay. It’s not like he was beheaded or watched his mother and sisters being sold into slavery.

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    2. dekkers


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    3. dekkers

      What’s new with the most immoral army of the world? Where the (alleged) war criminal cowards out of bullets? Sick people who need mental help.

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    4. Just few observations:
      1. The teen age boy is not been held by the soldiers as the article claim “16-year old Palestinian being attacked by two canines, while being held by two IDF soldiers”. The soldiers are actually holding the dogs only and did not touch the boy at all during this clip. Please watch your words as they describe something that is not there.

      2. It seem as if the soldiers are trying to pull off the dogs of the boy and not let them loos on him. It could be that the dogs were sent to chase the boy and catch him for reasons we don’t see here and this clip is only showing the last stage when they pull the dogs away from him.

      It is disappointing that short nonexclusive clip as such is aired with descriptions that clearly not professional or mindful.

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    5. Brian

      Shows how deeply sick and corrupting is the occupation. Routine behavior. Business as usual. What kind of a sadistic creep is Michael Ben-Ari?

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    6. Bar

      This is policy? In what universe?

      So the young jailbird had obviously been doing something to the soldiers that involved making the soldier breathe extremely hard and express anger. They catch him and the dog wants a bite, so they hold the dog back but let him scare the kid. And this is somehow some sort of atrocity committed by the “occupation forces.” It would be funny if this didn’t make the rounds all over the internet. Pushed by Holocaust-denier-employers B’Tzelem yet.

      The propaganda machine is sickening. At what point will the writers and editors on this site recognize that when their reporting devolves into this kind of spurious crap, that they lose all credibility?

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      • Felix Reichert

        “So the young jailbird had obviously been doing something to the soldiers that involved making the soldier breathe extremely hard and express anger.”

        Maybe even something as daring and provocative as peacefully demonstrating?

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      • Brian

        Wow Bar. A new low. Even I didn’t think you would excuse setting dogs on people for fun, setting them even on children. You and Ben-Ari should be studied by experts. And the kids a “jailbird.” SUCH racist disdain. Even I didn’t think you capable. Wow.

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    7. Sulayman

      Go to jail for throwing rocks come get me I’m 50 years old and still throw rocks where do I turn myself in

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    8. C.C. DeVille

      The Palistinians are going to the dogs these days…

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    9. thats so sick

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