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VIDEO: More than 15 Israeli military thugs terrorize child, age 8, in bid to find alleged stone throwers

Is this an example of what Ontario MPPs referred to as “nasty, misleading facts” about Israel?

No 1919 Posted by fw, March 24, 2017

Charlotte Silver

“This video shows Israeli occupation forces taking captive an eight-year-old child to use in their search for alleged stone throwers in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. Filmed by two residents of the area who volunteer with the human rights group B’Tselem, the footage shows a terrified young boy being dragged around the neighborhood and into a building by a group of armed soldiers. The boy appears distressed and at times in tears…. Sufian Abu Hita was seized by more than 15 soldiers on 19 March, when the barefoot child went looking for his lost toy. The Israelis demanded that Sufian point out children who have thrown stones at…one of Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank, all of which are illegal under international law.”Charlotte Silver, Electronic Intifada

On December 1, 2016, in an apparent display of wilful ignorance of the history of the unimaginable brutality characterizing Israel’s colonization, expansion and expulsion of Palestine’s inhabitants, 49 members of the Ontario Parliament passed a motion to “endorse the Ottawa Protocol on Combatting antisemitism; and reject the differential treatment of Israel, including the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.”

During the debate, there were over 40 references to “anti-Semitism” or its variant forms: “anti-Jewish”, “anti-Israel”, and “anti-Semitic”. In addition, there were countless words of praise for Israel and those who support Israel.

Here is just one example of the latter excerpted from the Hansard Transcript of the Ontario Legislature:

Mrs. Gila Martow, MPP, Thornhill, Conservative Party: “I want to just say that this motion has been difficult because it’s a bit of a—I hate when people call it controversial, because I don’t think it’s controversial. I just think it’s uncomfortable for people because whenever they try to say something positive about Israel, they get yelled at and shut down and they’re told all kinds of nasty, misleading facts.”

How would MPP Martow square her assertion that people are being told “all kinds of nasty, misleading facts” about Israel with a video that shows 15 or more of Israel’s soldiers terrorizing an eight-year-old Palestinian child?

I intend to post more examples of the discrepancies between what these Ontario MPPs said during their show of Support for Israel in the Legislative Assembly, and the disturbing facts on the ground in Palestine. Such a shameful display of ignorance from these MPPs.

By the way, B’Tselem, is the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories was established in February 1989 by a group of prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members. It endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights culture in Israel.

Charlotte Silver is an independent journalist and regular writer for The Electronic Intifada. She is based in Oakland, California and has reported from Palestine since 2010.

Below is a repost of the Electronic Intifada report and the embedded accompanying 2:41-minute video. A shorter version on the story, with the video, is available on the B’Tselem website under the title, Soldiers drag 8-year-old from house to house in Hebron for over an hour, in search of stone-throwers in Hebron.

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Video shows Israeli soldiers terrorizing child by Charlotte Silver, Electronic Intifada, March 23, 2017

This video shows Israeli occupation forces taking captive an eight-year-old child to use in their search for alleged stone throwers in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Filmed by two residents of the area who volunteer with the human rights group B’Tselem, the footage shows a terrified young boy being dragged around the neighborhood and into a building by a group of armed soldiers.

The boy appears distressed and at times in tears.

According to B’Tselem, Sufian Abu Hita was seized by more than 15 soldiers on 19 March, when the barefoot child went looking for his lost toy.

The Israelis demanded that Sufian point out children who have thrown stones at Kiryat Arba, one of Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank, all of which are illegal under international law.

Kiryat Arba settlers habitually abuse Palestinians in the area.

The soldiers held the boy captive for more than an hour. His ordeal ended only when several women intervened and rescued him from the soldiers’ grip.

Sufian’s mother says the boy was forced to accompany the soldiers from house to house. She says soldiers refused to let him go until he named children who had allegedly thrown stones.

A US State Department human rights report released this month notes Israel’s routine abuses and violence against Palestinian children, including subjecting them to military courts and prisons.

According to Defense for Children International – Palestine, the State Department’s annual reports on human rights have routinely included Israel’s ill-treatment of Palestinian children since 2007.

However, the new report omits reference to the slaying of 16-year-old US-citizen Mahmoud Shaalan who was shot to death a year ago at an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank.

Defense for Children International notes that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson broke with tradition by not launching the report in an on-camera event that has traditionally been an opportunity to highlight key findings.

The video above offers more stark evidence of how Israel’s occupation targets and terrorizes children.

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