Latest.com By Peter Van Buren Posted Sun., Oct.18, 2015
Hey, United States: I keep looking for the government’s condemnation of these beatings by Israel and can’t seem to find them anywhere online. How in any way do you think non-actions like that will contribute to a stronger political position for the U.S. in the Middle East?
Would the American government be as silent if it was ISIS beating down kids? Putin or Assad beating protestors?
Hey, Israel, about that long-term strategy: how many of these kids are going to grow up believing they should work for peace? What about their parents? How in any way do you think actions like those shown in the video are contributing to de escalating the situation in your country?
Anyway, footage emerged of Israeli soldiers chasing a group of Palestinian kids in a village north of Hebron, in the occupied West Bank. One of the young men is seen to be beaten by the soldiers, who kick and hit him with their guns.
The news agency which posted the footage to Facebook identified the youth as 17-year-old Omar al-Heih.
The Israeli troops went on to fire at the rest of the fleeing protesters.
Elsewhere this weekend, an Israeli civilian shot dead a Palestinian teenager on Saturday in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.
Eighteen-year-old Fadel al Qawasmeh was killed by an armed man after passing through an Israeli army checkpoint.
“The soldiers checked him and his bag then allowed him to pass through,” said one witness. “A settler then shot and killed him. The boy just wanted to pass through the old city to reach his home on the other side.”