The army is investigating an incident in which a soldier in Hebron held a
12-year-old Palestinian by the arm and kicked him on Saturday.
incident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. near a lookout post in a section of the
city under military control. It was caught on tape by the International
Solidarity Movement, a pro-Palestinian group, and posted on YouTube.
the footage one can see two soldiers who appear to be separating two young
They push one out of the way and kick the other. Both boys
remain standing. The one who was kicked holds his leg briefly and screams. The
soldiers than run off down the road, apparently after another
The IDF said only that the incident was non-routine. The ISM
said it occurred while settlers were “causing trouble” on the roof of a private
Yosef Hartuv, of the nearby Kiryat Arba settlement, was at the
lookout post, which is located on the roof of a private Palestinian home. He
said he had come there with visitors, including a woman who spoke Arabic and
asked the homeowner for permission to stand on the roof.
explicit permission in the language of the home owner and he acknowledge to us
in Hebrew that he was fine with it,” Hartuv said.
As an unofficial guide,
he added, he had brought visitors to the lookout post for years and had often
exchanged a few, limited pleasantries with the homeowners.
He added that
prior to the incident he had observed Palestinian teenagers fighting among
themselves, and that the soldiers appeared to be breaking up the fight.
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