Watch: Israeli soldier threatens Hebron teen with gun
Published Tuesday 29/04/2014 (updated) 14/05/2014 22:52
Israeli soldiers pictured escorting settlers in Hebron.
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Video footage of an Israeli soldier in Hebron aiming his gun at a Palestinian teenager was posted online Sunday by a local activist group.
Youth Against Settlements posted the video clip on YouTube under the title "Attempting to shoot a minor."
The footage shows an Israeli soldier harassing a Palestinian teenager and pushing him away before drawing and cocking his assault rifle after another teenager walked behind him.
The soldier is then filmed shouting insults at both teenagers before kicking one of them in the leg.
He then threatens to put a "bullet in the head" of a third man filming the event unless he stops.
The Israeli soldier was reportedly from Battalion 932 of the Nahal Brigade and has now been reassigned, according to Haaretz.
A 1997 agreement split Hebron into areas of Palestinian and Israeli control.
The Israeli military-controlled H2 zone includes the ancient Old City, home of the revered Ibrahimi Mosque -- also split into a synagogue referred to as the Tomb of the Patriarchs -- and the once thriving Shuhada street, now just shuttered shops fronts and closed home
Around 800 Jewish settlers live in Hebron's Old City, among 30,000 Palestinians in the parts of the city that are under Israeli control.
Settler violence against Palestinians in Hebron is routine, with Israeli soldiers rarely intervening to prevent attacks.
Israel's military is often involved in arbitrary assaults on Palestinians in the city, locals say.