Video: Israeli soldiers arrest young child

This video shows Israeli soldiers detaining an 8-year-old child in Aida refugee camp, near Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday.

It was shot by Salah Ajarma, director of Lajee Center, a community organization in the camp.

The video has been seen tens of thousands of times since Ajarma posted it on his Facebook page.

Israeli soldiers detain young child in Aida refugee camp, 17 November.

Salah Ajarma

Reached by telephone, Ajarma told The Electronic Intifada that the boy, Abdallah D., had been in a playground when he and other children were affected by tear gas fired by Israeli occupation forces.

The soldiers detained the boy and then effectively used him as a hostage and human shield, Ajarma said.

He said one soldier even held the boy with one hand while firing tear gas with another.

He said Israeli forces frequently fire tear gas and harass local residents.

Ajarma said that he and Munthir Amirah, a local community leader, tried to reason with the soldiers to let the boy go.

Amirah can be seen in the video speaking to the soldiers and being shoved and manhandled by them.

“If you get one step closer to me I’ll detain you,” a soldier shouts at Amirah in Hebrew, and yanks the boy backwards. The soldiers then attack Amirah while continuing to detain the child.

Ajarma said that the boy’s mother, father and grandfather came to the scene.

The soldiers ordered the mother and father to go and tell local youths to stop throwing stones if they wanted their son to be released, Ajarma said.

They arrested Amirah and let the boy go after holding him for several hours.

Ajarma said that he visited the family on Wednesday morning and that Abdallah was traumatized by the experience.

Ajarma said that the Israeli soldiers looked little older than teenagers.

“You’re young, but you must have a family. What you’re doing to a young child isn’t right,” Ajarma recalled telling one of the gunmen holding the child.

“I feel that if this soldier was a father, he wouldn’t be able to carry on this way,” Ajarma told The Electronic Intifada.

“The one thing that made the army act in a slightly less violent way is that I was filming everything,” Ajarma said.

Child killed

In October, Israeli forces shot dead 13-year-old schoolboy Abdulrahman Shadi Obeidallah in Aida refugee camp.

The Israeli army claimed it shot Abdulrahman by mistake. Its intended target was an adult who had been standing near Abdulrahman, according the Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz.

The organization Defense for Children International-Palestine said that its initial probe into the incident suggests that Abdulrahman may have been unlawfully killed.

Dena Shunra contributed Hebrew translation.

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Cowards, take their guns and see how they act that's if they dare entering those areas!!!
There is absolutely NO love in their lives, sad life growing up to kill kids... Vomit material!!!

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I am waiting for the day when the community attacks and overwhelms the abusive soldiers. They are demonstrating such cowardice in using an 8 year old child as their protective shield.

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My heart and prayers goes for the loss of all of the innocent Palestinian citizens who were killed in cold blood by these Israeli solders. Which in fact AIPAC is financing them by using American TAX money to undertake more Palestinian lives. We are witnessing genocide on daily basis and no one seems to care! America, Britain, and Israel are washing their bloody hands from their crimes against humanity. But they point their fingers on the toys that the CIA created; Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and more toys to be created and to be blamed for to distracting the world from who's really behind all this Middle East conflict.

Ali Abunimah

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Co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine, now out from Haymarket Books.

Also wrote One Country: A Bold-Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse. Opinions are mine alone.