Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abuse A Developmentally Disabled Palestinian Child.

Posted: October 21, 2014 in Fight Back, For your information, for your reflection, resistance

In from Electronic Intifada.

This disturbing footage shot by Palestinian videographer Samih Da’na and published by the Israeli nongovernmental organization B’Tselem documents the violent abuse of a developmentally disabled Palestinian child.

Published on Oct 20, 2014

Yesterday, soldiers briefly detained a developmentally disabled Palestinian boy, who is under the age of criminal responsibility, on suspicion that he had thrown stones. The boy, A. a-Rajbi, (full name withheld in interest of privacy) who will be 12 in a month, was detained after Palestinian children threw stones at soldiers on the main road of the Jabel Johar neighborhood in Hebron, close to the settlement of Kiryat Arba. A-Rajbi was handcuffed, blindfolded, and held on the floor of an army jeep for some 15 minutes until his father arrived and convinced the soldiers to release his son, who is mentally disabled and cannot speak.

In the video footage, filmed by B’Tselem volunteer Samih Da’na from his window, soldiers are seen holding the boy, handcuffing him, blindfolding him and closing him in the jeep, despite cries by Palestinian residents that the boy is mentally disabled. The footage also shows settlers from Kiryat Arba, watching the incident from behind the settlement’s fence. Some are seen calling out encouragement to the soldiers, including several racist remarks.

While Palestinian youths do throw stones at heavily armed occupation soldiers as a form of community self-defense, protest and resistance, stone-throwing is also frequently a trumped-up charge used to extract confessions under torture and intimidate Palestinian children and youths into becoming informants.

Israel is the only country in the world that subjects children – and only Palestinian children – to military tribunals.

Also of note: At one point in the video, one of the settlers’ children appears to be holding an object that looks like a handgun (far left of the screenshot below). It is unclear from the footage if it is real or a toy:

Many thanks to Ali Abunimah co-founder of Electronic Intifada for this video. See HERE.

חיילים מעכבים ילד הלוקה בשכלו, חברון, אוקטובר 2014

ב-19.10.14 חיילים עיכבו לזמן קצר ילד מתחת לגיל האחריות הפלילית הלוקה בשכלו בחשד שיידה אבנים. הילד, א’ א-רג’בי, בן 11 ו-11 חודשים, עוכב לאחר שילדים בשכונת ג’בל ג’והר, בסמוך להתנחלות קרית ארבע, יידו אבנים לעבר חיילים. הוא שוחרר לאחר שהוחזק כפות ומכוסה עיניים על רצפת הג’יפ במשך כרבע שעה, כשאביו הגיע למקום ושכנע את החיילים שבנו לוקה בשכלו ואיננו מסוגל לדבר. בתיעוד, שצולם על-ידי מתנדב בצלם סמיח דענא מחלון ביתו, נראים החיילים כשהם אוחזים בילד, כופתים את ידיו ומכסים את עיניו בפלנלית, חרף קריאות תושבי השכונה כי הילד לוקה בשכלו. כמו כן נראים בסרטון מתנחלים מקרית ארבע המשקיפים מאחורי גדר ההתנחלות ומריעים לחיילים, וחלקם קוראים קריאות גזעניות.

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