Israeli Occupation Soldier Shoots Blindfolded, Handcuffed Palestinian Detainee

An Israeli occupation army soldier earlier this month shot from a close range and injured a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainee, an Israeli human rights group revealed Sunday. According to B’tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the incident took place on 7 July, in Nil’in, a village in the central West Bank.

Palestinians and foreign peace activists hold regular and mostly non-violent protests against the confiscation by Israel of private Palestinian land for the construction of the “Separation Wall,” the gigantic barrier Israel is building in the area. Vast swaths of Palestinian farms, orchards and groves have been seized by Israel under the pretext of building the wall, most of which is built deep in the West Bank far away from the so-called Green Line, the former armistice line between Israel proper and the occupied Palestinian territory.

According to a B’tselem report, Israeli occupation soldiers stopped and detained Ashraf Abu Rahma, 27, who was then blindfolded and handcuffed for about half an hour.

B’tselem quoted eyewitnesses as saying that Abu Rahma was beaten by soldiers who then dragged him to an army Jeep. There, a video clip showed one soldier aiming his rifle at the Abu Rahma’s legs from a distance of about 1.5 meters and firing a rubber-coated steel bullet at him.

Numerous Palestinians have been killed or maimed by Israeli army rubber bullets which can be quite deadly especially if fired from a short distance.

Abu Rahma told B’tselem that the bullet hit him in the left toe. He reportedly received treatment by an army medic before he was set free.

The video clips of the incident were provided by a 14-year-old Palestinian girl from Ni’ilin who filmed the incident from her house in the village. The identity of the girl has not been disclosed.

Israeli soldiers and settlers have lately escalated their abuse of mostly unprotected Palestinians.

In June, a number of masked Israeli settlers, carrying clubs, savagely attacked elderly Palestinian peasants and shepherds near the town of Yatta in the southern West Bank causing them grievous injuries.

Similarly, Jewish settlers earlier this month assaulted a Palestinian from the village of Sammou, also in the southern West Bank.

The settlers tied up the 35-year-old Palestinian teacher to a power pole and brutally beat him.

Human rights organizations operating in the West Bank have documented many cases of abuse by Israeli soldiers, especially by a notorious paramilitary brigade known as the Border Police.

Abuse cases included soldiers forcing Palestinian laborers to drink soldiers’ urine, forcing Palestinians to curse their religion, and forcing them to sing songs praising Israel and the Border policeman.

A few weeks ago, the Israeli television channel-10 revealed that Israeli soldiers manning a roadblock in the northern West Bank coerced a Palestinian worker to chant in Arabic the following refrain “Wahad Hummas, wahad fool, Allah Iyhayee Mishmar Gvul” (one dish of Hummus, one dish of beans, Allah salutes the Border Police.”

Normally, such abusive behavior on the part of Israeli soldiers goes unpunished which human rights groups contend only serves to encourage further abuse.

Khalid Amayreh is a journalist living in Palestine. Read other articles by Khaled, or visit Khaled's website.

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  1. brian said on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:14pm #

    FYI: Someone should report this to PaulMcCartney, as he is planning to sing in Israel!

    Note the following irony:
    ‘McCartney, 66, and his fellow Beatles were banned from performing in Israel in 1965 when the country’s then education minister, David Zarzevski, thought that a show by the band would threaten the morals of the nation’s youth.

    But this year, Israel’s ambassador to Britain, Ron Prosor, apologised during a trip to the Fab Four’s home city of Liverpool for the “misunderstanding”.

    He sent letters to McCartney, his fellow surviving Beatle Ringo Starr and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison, writing: “There is no doubt that it was a great missed opportunity to prevent people like you, who shaped the minds of the generation, to come to Israel and perform.”’

  2. John Hatch said on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:19pm #

    I think that a nation that acts with such depravity sows the seeds of its own destruction. I hope so.

  3. Deadbeat said on July 22nd, 2008 at 11:17pm #

    I disagree with Mr. Hatch. Israel is not sowing the seeds of its own destruction. That is wishful thinking. This is why a boycott of Israel is the only solution.

  4. bozhidar balkas said on July 23rd, 2008 at 7:57am #

    i can’t find in dv my post which makes following points:
    it’s of utmost import that we do not reward ashekenazic war/terror agiants a weakling.
    recognition of israel represents a reward for ashkemazic crimes agaist humanity.
    such a reward wd also enbolden other strong peoples to do likewise.
    since no one can get along w. the ashkenazim, i strongly suggest they be deported back to europe or americas.
    i’m not sure that my post, which was s’mwhat diff’t than this one, wasn’t erased.
    and if editor is sensoring free speech or wants to reward these crimianals, then i’m outa here. thank u