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Detained a 5-year-old Child for Throwing Rock at Settler’s Car: Israeli Army Clears Soldiers…

Seven Israeli soldiers who detained a 5-year-old Palestinian boy for rock-throwing this week in the West Bank city of Hebron have been cleared of any wrongdoing by their superiors, after a review of video of the incident published on Thursday by the Israeli rights group B’Tselem.

The rights group, also known as the Israel Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, said in a statement posted online, along with 7 brief video clips recorded on Tuesday afternoon, that it had drawn attention to the incident in a letter to the military’s legal adviser for the territory that has been occupied by Israel since 1967.

According to B’Tselem — which provides cameras to Palestinians to help them document the actions of Israeli soldiers — the officers detained the boy, Wadi’a Maswadeh, for two hours and “threatened the child and his parents, handcuffed and blindfolded the father, and handed the boy over to the Palestinian police. Detaining a child below the age of criminal responsibility (12 years), especially one so young, has no legal justification.”

ROBERT MACKEY published in The Lede this July 11, 2013:

Video recorded on Tuesday in the West Bank city of town of Hebron showed Israeli soldiers detaining a 5-year-old boy for throwing a rock at a settler’s car.

Eytan Buchman, a spokesman for the Israeli military, said soldiers took the boy to his home, and then, with his parents, to a Palestinian police station. “This kid was throwing stones on the street,” Mr. Buchman said. “He wasn’t arrested. He was escorted to his parents. A huge difference.” He said the minimum age for charging stone throwers in the West Bank is 12.

Mr. Buchman added that the army had reviewed the incident after B’Tselem publicized the video, and found the soldiers had conducted themselves correctly. “It’s the kind of thing that warrants checking to make sure everything was O.K.”

In her letter to the authorities, B’Tselem’s director, Jessica Montell, complained of the very ordinariness of the scene captured on video. “The footage clearly shows that this was not a mistake made by an individual soldier, but rather conduct that, to our alarm, was considered reasonable by all the military personnel involved, including senior officers. It is particularly troubling that none of them apparently thought any part of the incident was problematic: not the fact that they scared a 5-year-old boy out of his wits, nor threatening him and his parents to ‘hand him over’ to the Palestinian police, nor threatening to arrest the father on no legal grounds, nor handcuffing and blindfolding the father in front of his son.”

Video recorded on Tuesday in Hebron showed the father of a Palestinian boy detained for rock-throwing blindfolded and handcuffed.

In one of the video clips of the incident, recorded at a checkpoint after the boy’s father, Karam Maswadeh, had been blindfolded and handcuffed, a senior Israeli officer could be seen gesturing at the camera filming the scene.

A short time later, the blindfold and handcuffs were removed. Mr. Maswadeh, who speaks Hebrew, told B’Tselem that the senior officer had reprimanded the soldiers for detaining the father and son in full view of cameras. “You’re harming our public image,” he reportedly told them.

A photograph posted on Flickr by the International Solidarity Movement, a pro-Palestinian organization, showed the father of a Palestinian boy detained for rock-throwing blindfolded and handcuffed on Tuesday in Hebron.

Israeli security forces are present in large numbers in Hebron to protect several hundred Jewish settlers who moved to the city of nearly 200,000 Palestinians after it was occupied in 1967. The boy was detained near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, a site revered by Jews and Muslims as the traditional burial place of the founding fathers of both religions. Hebron’s original Jewish community fled in 1929, after 67 Jews were killed during Arab riots against Jewish immigration to British-ruled Palestine.

The final clip in the B’Tselem series shows the boy and his father being turned over to a laughing Palestinian police officer. They were released after a brief interrogation, relatives told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Video of a Palestinian boy detained for rock-throwing by Israeli soldiers on Tuesday in Hebron being turned over to the Palestinian police along with his father.

Writing on Twitter later on Thursday, Ms. Montell responded to an Israeli blogger who defended the actions of the officers by arguing that the occupation authorities do not detain the children of settlers who throw stones at Palestinians.

Note 1: 60% of Palestinian youth went through the revolving doors of Israel prison system. No charges levied upon them: An apartheid of intimidation and humiliation.

Note 2: Israel exported $27 billion worth in arms and weapons last year. Ranked 6 in arms trade. Israel has reached agreement with 3 African States to barter African immigrants within Israel in exchange for arms and weapons.

Delicious jokes: From Jeha the Arab, Abul Hosn, Khodja the Turkish, Mullah Nasr Din of Iran, Jahan of Malta, Jourka of Sicily… Part 2

Almost every culture has its own Jeha, representing the common people attitudes and social behavior. These practical jokes and naïve adventure immortalize the spirit of the people.

The Arab Empire civilization had its Jeha, who probably was named Dujayn ibn Thabit Yarbu3i and was born in Basra from the tribe of Fazara.

Jeha was the contemporary of caliphs Abu Jaafar, Mahdi and Harun Rashid.

1. A man farted visiting Jeha and banged on the chair to tone down the sound of it. Jeha said “And what about the odor?”

2. Jeha’s mother-in-law was carried away in the river current. Jeha ascended to the source saying “I know her pretty well: She is of  the contrarian kind

3. Jeha is taking a night walk “I am looking for my sleep”

4. Jeha’s two spouses are harassing him “Who do you love best? If we were drowning, who will you save first…?” Jeha looked at his oldest wife and said “You can swim. Can’t you?”

5. Jeha bought a dead hawk for a single dinar “It would cost me 100 dinars if it were alive”

6. “How the moon is pretty. Particularly at night”

7. The helper hawking Jeha’s bag of flour run away with the bag. Jeha saw the helper the next day and hides from him “I didn’t want him to remind me to pay for his services

8. The dead man woke up in the coffin and said to Jeha “I am alive”, and Jeha to reply “And you want me to believe you, while everyone else believe otherwise?”

9. “The moon is more useful than the sun: It illuminates the nights

10. Jeha bought 2 kilos of meat and was expecting a delicious supper when back home. The wife said: “The cat ate the meat”. Jeha weighted the cat and finds it unchanged. Jeha says: “I got 2 kilos. Where is the cat

11. Jeha maintained that he was 40 years old, no matter how older he got “A well bred person never recant on his word”

12. Two complained to jeha separately and told each one: “I give you reason”. Jeha’s wife was obfuscated and treated him of hypocrisy. Jeha replied “And you wife, I give you reason too”

13.Jeha was invited to dinner and arrived in tattered garment. He was kicked out. Jeha returned wearing his best attire and was welcomed. Sitting to eat, Jeha advanced his right sleeve to the dish saying: “Eat. You are the one welcomed here

14. A beggar knocked at jeha’s door saying “I am God’s host”  Jeha led the beggar to the nearest Mosque and said: “Buddy, you had lost your way and forgot the address.”

15. Jeha misplaced his hatch in the forest and the night was not helping find his tool. He paid a visit to the shrine of saint Abdel Qadir al Jilani, known to aid people find misplaced items. “Let me find my hatch and I’ll contribute 20 dinars to your shrine”  Jeha recovered his hatch and returned to the shrine “Now, help me find the 20 dinars…”

Note: An extract from the French book “The Book of Arab Humor” by Jean-Jacques Schmidt




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