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Intimidating military patrol of Palestinian market

International Solidarity Movement | February 9, 2016

Hebron, Occupied Palestine – On Tuesday, February 9, Israeli forces patrolled the Palestinian market in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron), harassing and intimidating residents.

Israeli forces ontheir patrol through the Palestinian market

Israeli forces on their patrol through the Palestinian market

A group of soldiers marched through the souq, the main Palestinian market since the closure of Shuhada Street for Palestinians after the Ibrahimi mosque massacre in 1994. Any male adult or youth was stopped on their way to work and forced by the Israeli soldiers to lift up their shirts and trouser-pants, as well as throw their IDs on the ground. After throwing their IDs on the ground Israeli soldiers ordered the men to move back, so they could pick up the IDs from a ‘safe distance’. Most Palestinians were dismissed after this humiliating procedure, whereas some of them were detained for minutes or violently body-searched.

Violent body-search of Palestinian young man

Violent body-search of Palestinian young man

International human rights defenders documenting the Israeli forces violations of basic human rights of Palestinians, were intimidated and harassed by the Israeli soldiers in an attempt to prevent them from documenting. Soldiers took photos of the internationals with their private phones held right in the volunteers faces and as an intmidation tactic ID-checked them.

Israeli forces taking photos of human rights defenders with their private phones

Israeli forces taking photos of human rights defenders with their private phones

During the more than one hour patrol Israeli forces repeatedly pointed their assault rifles at the internationals as well as Palestinians.

Israeli soldier 'ordering' Palestinians to stop by pointing his gun

Israeli soldier ‘ordering’ Palestinians to stop by pointing his gun

Not only adults were surprised and shocked by the sudden presence of heavily-armed soldiers right outside their houses, but also children on their way to school and work. Some children, scared by the soldiers, turned around right away after spotting the soldiers and ran back home instead of continuing their way to school or kindergarten. International human rights defenders walked several scared children past the soldiers so they could safely reach their schools and kindergarten.

Two school girls passing the heavily-armed patrol

Two school girls passing the heavily-armed patrol

A mother waiting with children for the school-bus right opposite a group of soldiers

A mother waiting with children for the school-bus right opposite a group of soldiers

February 9, 2016 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Solidarity and Activism, Subjugation - Torture | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I am from Vancouver,Canada and I wanted to say that this problem with Israeli soldiers intimidating people at a Palestinian Market wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the support that Israeli apartheid gets from western gov’ts like the gov’ts of Canada and the USA.These gov’ts are responsible for all the problems that the Palestinian People have.Israel shouldn’t be recognized by any gov’t in the world because of its human rights abuses of Palestinian People, war crimes and genocide against the Palestinian People.The ICC in the Hague is not doing its job because it refuses to charge the Israeli gov’t with these barbaric crimes.
    The Majority of people in the world are outraged that these crimes by the Israeli gov’t against the Palestinian People are allowed to continue.There can be no peace with Israeli apartheid and the majority of people in the world will continue to support the Heroic Palestinian People in their fight against the Barbaric Israeli apartheid.Apartheid is the most inhuman, barbaric injustice against humanity in modern times and it is supported by the western gov’ts like Canada and the USA.

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    Comment by Stan Squires | February 10, 2016 | Reply


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