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Published Thursday 24/04/2014 (updated) 10/05/2014 22:11
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A screenshot shows Rami Rajabi being detained.
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Video footage has emerged of Israeli border police officers allegedly detaining a 6-year-old child in Hebron after he threw "pebbles" on Wednesday, activists in the southern West Bank city said.

Activists affiliated with the International Solidarity Movement said in a statement that Rami Rajabi was walking to school around 7 a.m. in central Hebron on Wednesday when three Israeli soldiers "burst out of an alleyway, grabbed his arm, and detained him in the street."

The incident reportedly occurred around 20 meters away from checkpoint 29, and the border policemen subsequently brought the boy to the checkpoint.

The activists said that the child was released after 20 minutes and taken home by a family member as a result of pressure from Palestinians and members of the group, who went to the checkpoint to force the soldiers to release the boy.

"What happened today is part of an ongoing campaign to intimidate the local population: Israeli forces harass children here in Hebron all the time," an unnamed activist from the group said in a statement.

A spokesperson from the Border Police could not be reached for comment.



A 2013 UN Committee on the Rights of the Child report said that around 7,000 children had been detained by Israel since 2002, or around two a day.

It said that they were "systematically subject to degrading treatment, and often to acts of torture."

Defense for Children International Palestine estimates that there were 230 Palestinian minors in Israeli prisons in Feb. 2014.

Hebron is a major site of tensions as a result of the presence of 500 Jewish settlers and thousands of Israeli soldiers, meaning that local Palestinian residents have to pass through checkpoints in order to move between neighborhoods in the Old City.

Some areas, like Shuhada Street, are almost completely shut to Palestinians while open to Jews, and thousands of Palestinians have left as a result of harassment and limitations imposed by Israeli authorities.
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1 ) 3 Realities / Palestinian, Arab, & Israel
24/04/2014 21:21
- In Palestinian society children are taught to "throw pebbles" at adults, and
- In most Arab societies such children would be taught to expect a beating,
for such disrespect, but
- In Israel society, such children are "detained" without violence, until
parents come to accept responsibility such poorly behaved children.


2 ) Maisie / UK
24/04/2014 21:22
When six year-old Rami is sixteen, he will remember throwing small stones at the soldiers carrying big guns. Sadly, if things continue on this trajectory, the sixteen year-old Rami will want to do more than throw small stones...and so it goes.

3 ) Mel / USA
24/04/2014 21:34
Also sad,is 3/4rds of Nahal Brigade(in Hebron)"protect" Jews in H2"sterile"zone,yet know the real lunatics are Kahanist-Shas thugs who make life hell for local(Muslim &Christian)Palestinians.Whether in Hebron,Nabih Saleh,Gaza etc,Palestinians DEFEND their rights & Israel holds a gun to children's heads,just for resisting occupation!SUMUD Palestine!
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/aug/26/israeli-soldiers-mistreatment-palestinian-children

4 ) Mel / USA
24/04/2014 22:03
And it goes on.....http://rt.com/news/israel-tortures-palestinian-children-report-002/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/06/israeli-abuse-of-palestinian-children-systematic_n_2817231.html
http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/israeli-soldiers-pose-photos-while-abusing-palestinian-child
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/08/27-3

5 ) Um Muhammed / France
24/04/2014 23:49
Absolutely appalling, soldiers arresting a six year old child is pure madness, irrespective of whether the child threw stones or not. No justification at all. The only poor behaviour is that of the IDF!

6 ) Maureen / Australia
25/04/2014 17:01
#1 "Disrespect" you say. Respect is something earned! Israeli soldiers do nothing to earn respect by resorting to terrorizing small children! You poor fool!

7 ) Roos / Netherlands
25/04/2014 20:51
Number 1: - First of all the Isra?li children learn to hate and disrespect the Palestinian people. It is full of propagenda and false information at the schools. Palestinian children do not learn 'to throw pebbles'. - Second, The Israelis disrespect the poor little boy. The boy has done nothing. Do you call that respectful? - Third, if you approve this, you are disrespectful.

8 ) Steve Austin / America
25/04/2014 23:09
Israel was created by terrorism. This soldier who used to wet his pants when he hears the name of Hamas of Hizbollah, is acting like a Rambo now because he knows that this boy and other Palestinian civilians are peaceful unarmedpeople.

9 ) Mel / USA
26/04/2014 00:39
#1:Of course the other way Israeli kids on Jewish colonies are'detained' for'bad behavior'toward other kids,is for big adult Zionist thugs to march from Nokdim to nearby Tekoah(1999)to assault a 12yr old boy,smash his head against a wall(for hitting his own kid)&threaten to beat him up again if he came to Nokdim.Oh,that's right,Avigdor Lieberman didn't do TIME for that child-abuse either.Just paid a(shush)fine,under the table.If it'd been a Palestinian kid,he'd've been promoted! Oh wait! He was!

10 ) Robert / US
26/04/2014 05:20
@ 1, they could do what jews do and introduce weapons at a young age but they are more civilized and well behaved then jews.

11 ) ian / australia
26/04/2014 09:45
Maybe the soldier with the glasses wanted to eat him.

12 ) sylvia / uk
12/05/2014 17:04
Well - you couldn't make it up! BRAVE Israeli soldiers how do you sleep?
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