back to top
World

Women And Children Prevent Israeli Soldier From Arresting Boy For Alleged Stone Throwing

The Israeli Defense Forces claim that the soldier didn't know the boy he pointed his gun at was a minor.

Posted on

The altercation took place during a demonstration against Jewish settlements in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah. It was there that an Israeli soldier grabbed a boy wearing a cast on his arm, who the soldier accused of throwing stones.

According to the Hebrew-language, progressive newspaper Haaretz, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claims that the soldier did not know the child was a minor when he was attempting to detain him.

Haaretz cited one of the activists present at the protest as saying that the boy didn't throw stones and that the IDF could clearly see that he was a minor.

Human rights groups say those arrested for stone throwing and other offenses in the West Bank are often denied protections under the military laws that apply there.

Mohamad Torokman / Reuters

And the Israeli Knesset recently increased the maximum penalty for stone throwing to up to 20 years in jail.

"At the time of the arrest, a violent provocation by a number of Palestinians developed, including women and children," the IDF said in a statement. "In light of the violent altercation, the commander decided to not to go ahead with the detention."

The website Ramallah City posted a video of the altercation shot by Roya News on their Facebook page.

Facebook: video.php

Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Hayes Brown at hayes.brown@buzzfeed.com.

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.