Citizen Action Monitor

Palestinian women who swarmed Israeli soldier beating a boy, 12, should have been shot, says Israel minister

The boy’s alleged offence – throwing stones at IDF soldiers.

No 1439 Posted by fw, September 02, 2015

“ ‘We need to decide immediately that a soldier that is attacked is permitted to return fire. Period. I call on the minister of security to put an end to the humiliation and change the open fire regulations immediately!’ [Culture Minister Miri] Regev wrote in a Facebook statement. “Anyone who tries to harm Israeli civilians and soldiers needs to know his blood is in his head,’ Regev continued, using a Hebrew expression to convey that the Palestinians who assaulted the soldier are fair game for shooting.”Allison Deger and Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss

Deger and Weiss observed that “the video of Palestinian women protesters pulling down an Israeli soldier in Nabi Saleh on Friday when he was beating a boy has shocked the world.” Let’s qualify that observation — certainly not the part of the world inhabited by Tom Mulcair, insulated by his “don’t ask, don’t tell” Middle East news’ filters.

The 3:32-minute video of the incident is embedded below in an abridged repost. To read the original report, including the video and additional information, click on the following linked title.

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Israeli minister says IDF should have fired on unarmed Palestinian protesters for humiliating a soldier by Allison Deger and Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, August 30, 2015

That video of Palestinian women protesters pulling down an Israeli soldier in Nabi Saleh on Friday when he was beating a boy has shocked the world.

 

Miri Regev, cultural minister, former IDF spokesperson

Miri Regev, cultural minister, former IDF spokesperson

Well, it has shocked an Israeli leader too. Israel’s culture minister Miri Regev says that the unarmed protesters should have been shot.

Regev’s twitter account says she was shocked by the incident: “Our soldiers can’t be sent on missions with tied hands.”

Regev said she wanted to change the army’s policy on the use of live-fire because of the “humiliation” the soldier endured.

“We need to decide immediately that a soldier that is attacked is permitted to return fire. Period. I call on the minister of security to put an end to the humiliation and change the open fire regulations immediately!” Regev wrote in a Facebook statement. 

“Anyone who tries to harm Israeli civilians and soldiers needs to know his blood is in his head,” Regev continued, using a Hebrew expression to convey that the Palestinians who assaulted the soldier are fair game for shooting.

A spokesperson for the IDF said Friday that Palestinians were to blame for the incident: “A violent disturbance of the peace in Nabi Saleh, in which Palestinians threw stones at IDF forces that were in the place.” The spokesperson added that the soldier was attempting to detain 12-year old Mohammed Tamimi after he allegedly threw stones at the Israeli military.

For the Tamimi’s the brawl was a victory, and celebrated across the front pages of Palestinian newspapers on Saturday. The footage and stills show a soldier applying force against a Palestinian boy with a casted arm in an attempt to arrest him. Yet the arrest does not take place, as a half dozen female Palestinian, including young girls, slap, bite, bash and choke the soldier who calls for back-up, but ultimately abandons arresting the boy.

There is a bit of folklore around the Nabi Saleh protesters. The town’s children are known to chase down soldiers during protests, and punch, hit, and kick them. In 2012 Ahed Tamimi—the girl in the pink shirt and braids in the video above, then 12, was filmed throwing a right-hook at a soldier.  She was later honored by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with an award in courage.

Regev is a former spokesperson for the Israeli army. Her comments were first reported to us by two reliable journalists. Ira Glunts:

Crazy Israeli minister @regev_miri was shocked by Nabi Saleh video. She thinks soldier should have opened fire.

From David Sheen:

Israeli minister @regev_miri: Palestinian protesters deserve death, soldiers should shoot unarmed women & children

Miri Regev Facebook post

Miri Regev Facebook post

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