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Mohammed Tamimi, 11 years old, rests his head on his mother's lap at their home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah, on August 29, 2015. (AFP/Abbas Momani)

Mohammed Tamimi, 11 years old, rests his head on his mother’s lap at their home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah, on August 29, 2015. (AFP/Abbas Momani)

Video of Israeli soldier arresting boy is latest in war of perception

NABI SALEH (AFP) — A soldier pins a boy down and is assaulted by his family: The scene might have gone unnoticed if not for footage that has turned it into another weapon in the Israel-Palestinian war of perception.

Palestinians see it as proof of Israel’s abuses in the occupied West Bank, while many Israelis say the soldier fell into a media trap laid by activists.

The incident played out on Friday in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh and footage of it has since gone viral, generating a bitter debate both online and off.

As is often the case when it comes to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, there has been little room for middle ground.

The video and pictures, including those taken by AFP, show a masked Israeli soldier trying to arrest an 11-year-old boy who has a cast on his left arm.

According to the Israeli military, the boy was suspected of having thrown stones during a protest.

As the soldier holds him against a rock, his automatic rifle at his side, members of the boy’s family, including his mother and sister, along with other activists rush over and try to pull him off the child.

A wrestling match ensues, with the soldier’s ski mask pulled off and the boy’s sister biting the soldier on the hand. The soldier yells for help, and eventually a superior officer arrives and orders him to let the boy go.

While walking away, visibly frustrated, the soldier throws down a stun grenade.

The images quickly made the rounds.

Palestinian papers reproduced a cartoon showing the soldier with a dog’s head, while some in Israel saw the decision not to arrest the boy as a sign of weakness.

Left-leaning Israeli newspaper Haaretz, referring to the headlock the soldier had put the boy in, lamented the situation in which the military has found itself in the West Bank.

“It’s a national headlock in which an entire army, and behind it a nation, remains in a state of denial that there are military solutions to the conflict,” it said.

An Israeli soldier pins down 11-year-old Mohammed Tamimi following a march on August 28, 2015 in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah. (AFP/Abbas Momani)

An Israeli soldier pins down 11-year-old Mohammed Tamimi following a march on August 28, 2015 in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah. (AFP/Abbas Momani)

‘I wasn’t afraid’

Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, has for years been a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Each Friday, Palestinians, foreigners and even Israelis protest against the expansion of the nearby Halamish settlement. Stones are typically thrown by the protesters, while tear gas and rubber bullets are fired by Israeli forces.In the past three years, two people have died and 375 been injured, with nearly half of them minors, according to protesters.

According to his father, the child in the video, Mohammed Tamimi, broke his wrist while fleeing an Israeli tank in his village, which was why he was wearing a cast.

“I wasn’t afraid,” the boy told AFP, “but I cried to call my family to come get me away from the soldier.”His mother Nariman said she thought “only one thing: free my son from the soldier’s hands.”

The Tamimi family has been at the forefront of the protests in Nabi Saleh. The father, Bassem, said he has been arrested nine times.

Ahed, the boy’s teenage sister wearing a Tweety Bird shirt in the video, is known to some for older photos showing her raising her fist at Israeli soldiers. It resulted in her being received by then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2012.

Some Israelis have accused the family of being agitators who put their children in danger.

An Israeli officer familiar with the situation called Friday’s protest a “PR stunt” where demonstrators “try to provoke soldiers by hurling stones at them that can be deadly,” forcing them to react.

Arnon, the soldier’s father, told Israeli journalists that he regretted that his son’s restraint was not being given more praise.

The Haaretz analysis however sought to put the episode into context.

“No amount of PR and media management will make the occupation of another nation look good,” it said.


  1. September 3, 2015 at 10:42

    So Jü Tube took it down. Like that’s a surprise‽

  2. joekano76 said,

    September 3, 2015 at 12:33

    Reblogged this on TheFlippinTruth.

  3. Ernesto De La Serna said,

    September 3, 2015 at 21:58

    The Zionists are not afraid of this boy. They are afraid because this video, among many, again clearly shows that the Israeli Occupation Force soldiers are not actual soldiers but gutless little cowards with guns who can easily be defeated even by several determined Palestinian women (who really need to take some boxing lessons; a well thrown punch could have knocked this wimpy little occupation soldier’s lights right out). And then after getting rescued by his fellow “soldiers,” he throws a smoke grenade at the women. What a God-damned petulant little pussy boy! He should thank his lucky stars that I am not the kid’s father, because then this soldier and his comrades would be tasting dirt from 6 feet under. These cowardly little worms always like to show how butch they are by only taking on women, kids, and the elderly, but now this video clearly reveals that the occupation army is staffed exclusively by wimps, in other words, Israel and its so-called “fighting forces” are nothing but a completely defeatable paper tiger. You can give these little worms all the fancy weapons and training in the world, but courage is something that can’t be purchased, and the next time these wimp-bag Hebrews try to bully a country that possesses an army of REAL MEN (like Lebanon and Syria), they are going to get their asses kicked so frickin hard, they will wish that they had never moved to the stolen country of Palestine. That is why this video makes them fearful, aside from the fact that Muhammed Tamimi is now going to grow up to be one hell of a Freedom Fighter. Forget the rocks and slingshots, son; learn how to accurately put rounds down range. During the next war, get ready to see thousands upon thousands of dead IDF “soldiers” strewn across the battlefield. This video proves that this can easily be accomplished.

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