IDF soldiers release attack dog on unarmed Palestinian protesters (video)

Lisa Goldman


An attack dog released on unarmed Palestinians by Israeli security forces sank its teeth into the arm of a Palestinian man and refused to release it for several minutes.

Soldiers released an attack dog on unarmed Palestinians at a Friday anti-occupation demonstration in the West Bank village of Kufr Qaddoum, report eyewitnesses that include an AP photographer. According to a report from Jonathan Pollack, a political activist, Border Police officers released an army dog at a group of protesters who were standing several dozen meters away. The dog chased the protesters, then locked his jaw on the arm of one of them – Ahmad Shtawi – sinking his teeth into the man’s arm. The dog refused for several minutes to respond to his handler’s order to release Mr. Shtawi’s arm.


IDF attack dog refuses to release his grip on Ahmad Shtawi’s arm (photo: PSCC)

Although he was bleeding, in pain and in need of medical attention, soldiers decided to arrest Mr. Shtawi  after the dog finally released his arm. When Morad Shtawi, a member of the village’s popular committee, tried to reason with the commanding officer and convince him to release the wounded man, he was thrown to the ground, handcuffed and pepper sprayed – as documented in the video below.

Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem has called several time for the Israeli army to stop using attack dogs on unarmed Palestinians. In February 2012 a 19 year-old Palestinian was attacked by an IDF dog; B’Tselem reported another five such incidents in 2011.



  1. March 17, 2012 at 19:20

    this is learned from the Nazis-how can they ask people to remember the Holacost and they treat these proud people the same way !

  2. March 17, 2012 at 19:53

    Reblogged this on Occupied Palestine | فلسطين.

  3. mikael said,

    March 17, 2012 at 21:03

    Wait untill the dog is at kicking distance.
    Because of the speed the dog has and the angle of its head, so wait untill its ready to jump, then kick it strait inbetween their frontal legs.
    Their lungs colapses and usuly stops the dog.
    A wery tuff one.

    Otherwise, always have a short on thick stick, 20 cm is suficient, and trust that inbetween its jaws. and hold it there, and then kick.
    And jump on it with the knees as a ram.
    That stops anything.

    It recuires Balls,of course. But Palestinians have the ground for learning that skill.
    I would Never do sutch a thing, unless its in self defence, then the Moral and responcebility of actions, Consequences of that, death, depents and lies on the other part, and not on you.
    Thats self defence.
    Of your self or another creature.

    Like Mohamed(pbuh) i consider even animals(specialy), plants and so on, to be a part of our Mother Earths Matrix, not separated, but integrated and a manifistation of Mother Earth.
    Treat it with outermost respect and love.
    And the world, Loves back.

    peace of cake

  4. March 18, 2012 at 10:46

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  5. March 18, 2012 at 11:35

    This way of managing a country – it is ending. If Israel keeps doing this, they must be swept aside.

  6. March 18, 2012 at 11:38

    I am well-trained dealing with attack dogs. I had shepherds and I now own a bull terrier. I am fairly confident that if a dog attacked me while I was seeing it coming, I could (and would) kill it. Dogs snarl and growl, and then they bite. Depending on the angle it would be dead in about 3 seconds. It just requires you to understand what is happening.

    The downside is that if a K9 dog trainer releases “his” dog on you, and you snap it in front of his eyes, and he watches his dog die convulsing, almost certainly he is going to unload his firearm in you.

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