Israeli soldiers pose for photos while abusing Palestinian child

 Ali Abunimah


Israeli forces in the eastern occupied Jerusalem village of al-Eizariya were caught on video on Friday posing for trophy photos as they held a wounded, handcuffed Palestinian child in a stranglehold.

The disturbing video, shot by Rami Alarya was published by the Independent Media Center (IMC), however that publication’s website, which regularly documents Israeli abuses in the village, appeared to be down.

The images in this post are screenshots from Alarya’s video.



The International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) which translated IMC’s reportprovided this description and analysis:

The soldiers assaulted the child during clashes that took place in the [al-Eizariya] town, east of occupied East Jerusalem.

One of the soldiers tried to push the cameraman, Alarya, and his colleague, Amin Alawya, away from the scene, and was yelling at them, “Enough, enough…. go away… what do you want…”

Medical sources said the soldiers shot the child, Yassin al-Karaki, 13 years of age, with a rubber-coated metal bullet which hit the 13-year old in the leg. After he fell, the soldiers began assaulting and abusing him.

The attack took place after soldiers, who hid in a building near the Annexation Wall in the Qabsa area, ambushed a group of children, and one of the soldiers opened fire on the children.

Several soldiers then attacked and assaulted the wounded child before kidnapping him.

The soldiers took pictures of themselves with the wounded child, and one soldier picked up a Molotov cocktail from the ground, while the child shouted in Hebrew, “it’s not mine, it’s not mine”, and a soldier responded, “it’s yours, it’s Ok … it’s yours”.

One of the soldiers was holding him in a chokehold, and was mocking the child by imitating wrestling moves while other soldiers took pictures, although the child was barely able to breathe.

The soldiers then placed the child in their jeep, while one of them was still filming the incident.


In his book Goliath, The Electronic Intifada contributor Max Blumenthal writes that such so-called “trophy” photos have a long tradition in many military forces, including Israel’s.

Blumenthal recalls a series of such photographs released several years ago by Breaking the Silence, an Israeli group which documents testimonies of Israeli soldiers while protecting their identities:

Among the disturbing shots culled from Facebook pages belonging to young Israelis was a photo of four smiling troops towering over a blindfolded preadolescent Palestinian girl kneeling at the point of their machine guns; a pretty female soldier smiling winsomely beside a blindfolded Palestinian man cuffed to a plastic chair; two soldiers posing triumphantly above a disheveled corpse lying in the street like a piece of discarded trash; a soldier pumping his rifle in the air directly behind an older Palestinian woman tending to pots on her kitchen stove; a soldier defacing the walls of a home in Gaza by spray-painting a star of David and the phrase, “Be Right Back”; troops in the Gaza Strip playing with and posing beside corpses stripped half nude in acts of post-mortem humiliation; a young soldier mockingly applying makeup from a Pal- estinian woman’s dresser. The Facebook pages were so replete with documents of humiliation, domination, and violence it seemed that army basic training had been led by Marquis de Sade.

Blumenthal sees these images as documents of a “colonial culture in which Jewish Israeli youth became conditioned to act as sadistic overlords toward their Palestinian neighbors, and of a perpetual conquest that demanded indoctrination” beginning “at an early age” and continuing “perpetually throughout their lives.”

The latest shocking images from occupied Jerusalem are proof that this ugly tradition persists.




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  1. February 10, 2014 at 10:40

    That’s true. Armed Jewish Talmudic soldiers are very brave when dealing with unarmed women and children. I guess the Talmud promises them a reward in the netherworld.

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  4. Anonymous said,

    February 11, 2014 at 12:21

    One has to wonder if all of this is being done for multifaceted reasons. Could it be all part of the plan, to continue to commit acts like this, well documented as it is, to help breed contempt for the Jewish state knowing full well that a small percentage of those people will not be able to distinguish the difference between IDF soldiers, Israel, and Jews in general? Time and time again we’re slapped in the face by Israel with actions like this, all the while they claim every nation at it’s core is antisemetic, and every goyim wants to murder all of the jews. Could this not be yet another self fulfilling prophecy? If the enemy you claim to protect yourselves from doesn’t exist, create it? Worked with Turkey…..

  5. February 11, 2014 at 17:05

    And these over dressed clowns think they are a match for the Syrian Arab army? If they can’t manage Hezbollah how in the world can they fight the SAA?
    Beating up women and Children is quite different than real War with people who can hit back, as they found out in Lebanon in 2006.

  6. jose Davila said,

    February 12, 2014 at 01:17

    something has to give. this outright attempt to marginalize another people cannot be supported much longer by the US. We are so used to backing Israel that we are afraid of AIPAC will do to us.

  7. February 12, 2014 at 15:13

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