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Israeli forces 'threaten' Hebron activist group that films soldiers
Published Saturday 03/05/2014 (updated) 06/05/2014 12:56
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An Israeli border guard aims his weapon at Palestinians during
clashes in the center of Hebron on April 11, 2014.
(AFP/File Hazem Bader)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A local activist group says the Israeli army has been using "intimidation" tactics against its members since they posted a video on Youtube of a soldier threatening Palestinian teens on Tuesday.

The office of Youth Against Settlements in Hebron has been raided three times by Israeli soldiers since the video was posted, an activist within the group told Ma'an Saturday.

Issa Amro told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers raided the office on Thursday night, Friday morning, and Friday night.

In addition to searching the premises, Israeli soldiers "threatened" activists, demanding to know "who filmed the video" that was posted on Tuesday, Amro said.

He added that Youth Against Settlements had received hate messages on their Facebook page saying "that we will be shot if we attempt to film more soldiers."

But another activist, Muhammad Zghayyar, urged Hebron Palestinians to continue to film aggression by Israeli soldiers and activists as much as possible in order to "expose them to the world."

Israeli army spokespeople did not immediately comment on the incidents.

However, asked about the army's policy on filming soldiers, an army spokesman told Ma'an that there is no general rule against it in "civilian areas," but that soldiers always have the right to tell people to stop filming.

The video footage posted Tuesday 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 soldier was suspended, but has since has received massive support online, media reported Wednesday.

Only hours after his suspension, a Facebook page was created Tuesday in support of the soldier, clinching tens of thousands of "likes."

Breaking the Silence, a pacifist group of former Israeli soldiers, denounced that kind of support and said the "situation depicted in the video is far from unusual."

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.

AFP contributed to this report.
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1 ) Mel / USA
03/05/2014 19:02
"Remember and Never Forget".The post Nazi-Holocaust Jewish mantra,to the world,on memorials everywhere.
Except,Zionism & then Israel chose to, Forget & Never Remember! With every atrocious deed since 1930-40's in Palestine that Zionism,then Israel,still commits against millions of NON-Jewish men,women,elderly,children&sick,Israel negates its own memorial mantra by doing same to NON-Jews! Why should we "remember",while Zionist-Israel conveniently chooses to "forget", shamefully?????

2 ) Kathy P / USA
03/05/2014 21:02
Many cultures, and societies are good at something.. France.. Latin America.. All have things their good at.. As does isreal.. Good at trying to hide the truth.. The're quite good at it.. But as information proliferates, it gets exponentially more difficult.. Such a stupid society..

3 ) d'Arc / USA
04/05/2014 02:29
Keep the cameras and storage well hidden in remote multiple locations.

4 ) d'Arc / USA
04/05/2014 03:29
Keep the cameras and storage well hidden in remote multiple locations.

5 ) KingSolomon / USA
04/05/2014 14:29
Let's try to imagine an American officer in the same situation. Probably those anarchists would end up with 2 broken legs. in syria/iran/lebanon/egypt/jordan/turkey they would end up dead.

6 ) Carlos / usa
04/05/2014 19:15
What a stupid remark by KingSolomon/USA. Brutality is justified against innocent people by saying others do it too! Rabin started a policy of breaking the bones of protesters without trial, jury or any protection. You dont have to go to Lebanon to find unbelievable unspeakable brutality. You find it everywhere in israel and everywhere in West Bank. israel stops Palestinians from digging wells so they can drink. israel demolishes solar panels so Palestinians will have to live without electricity.

7 ) Mel / USA
05/05/2014 16:46
#6:Carlos/usa: Bravo! The IOF shoots non-Jews in the"legs",femoral artery,knees,ankles,shin bones to CRIPPLE,or bleed out,males.If protesters survive,they often can't WORK to earn a family living!Poor farmers livestock is poisoned!The blockade on Gaza stops healthy vitamins/meds coming,so non-Jews sicken&die from Zionist"diet"(malnutrition).USG patroned Israel,tries to make war crimes of COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT against non-Jews,look "defensive","moral"&"humane".Colonial tricks!

8 ) JoeFattal / USA
06/05/2014 01:52
Go on You Tube and see for yourself the despicable act of cowardness by the Israeli soldiers against teenagers, women, and elderly. The IDF behavior is well known around the world, they can't hide it, a video will show up, and on You Tube as soon as the incident is over with. The Palestinians might be losing some grounds but not on the social networking.

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
09/05/2014 09:25
' The soldier was suspended, but has since has received massive support online, media reported Wednesday. Only hours after his suspension, a Facebook page was created Tuesday in support of the soldier, clinching tens of thousands of "likes." ' ...and people think peace can ever be made with Israel.

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
09/05/2014 09:26
To King Solomon #5: 'Let's try to imagine an American officer in the same situation.' You don't have to imagine it. Look up court martial records. That's where American soldiers go if they try to behave like Israelis.

11 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
17/05/2014 07:06
YAS and Amro are nothing but scams. Even in the video you see two Palestinians trying to provoke a confrontation, the younger one calling him a "Son of a Whore" etc and then a second one darting behind him. The sdier did nothing wrong and legally could have shot the one darting behind him but didnt. Moreover, he waa not suspended, he was jailed amd it was totally unrelated to Amro's silly media stunt, it was from a dispute with a company commander predating Amro et al. Typical Arab propaganda.
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