On Friday, a YouTube video posted by Bilal Tamimi went viral for showing the chilling moments when an IDF soldier, armed with a rifle, tried arresting an 11-year-old Palestinian with a broken arm. The boy’s family came to rescue him, but it was only after the women members of the family mobbed the soldier that he was let go. The encounter took place in the Nabi Saleh in West Bank.
The moment was hair-raising since the soldier had a rifle with him and the boy was crying and begging for him to be let go. The video also show some member of the press trying to negotiate with the soldier but to no avail. The soldier choke-held the boy, and in some instances, it can be seen that his head is hitting the rocks.
The soldier was shouting for reinforcement when the family’s boy came to the rescue. One woman, believed to be the mother, tried removing the soldier’s mask.
But a young girl dressed in a pink shirt with a Tweety Bird design was particularly striking. She was the one who actively tried to snatch her brother away from the soldier. She even bit the soldier as shown in the photo above. At one point the soldier even pushed the girl’s face away from her brother, but the girl did not let go. A gas mask was hanging at her hip.
When the soldier’s reinforcements came, the family had already successfully taken the boy with them. The two soldiers decided to walked away but not without throwing a stun grenade at the Palestinians, including some of the press.
The young girl was 14-year-old Ahed Tamimi, according to TFC. The website describe her as a veteran at seeing violence in the region. She had also been captured in a previous video where she was seen unperturbed by a grenade being detonated not far away from her.
Speaking exclusively with TFC, Ahed said she was not afraid of the soldier, nor she was afraid of dying. “I am afraid of losing someone from my family,” Ahed said.
The young girl said that every Palestinian, since the day he was born, acquires the courage and spirit growing up in such difficult condition. “If he wasn’t courageous, he would become a martyr,” she said.
Ahed said that all Palestinian kids are ready to fight for cause, “because all the Palestinians love their country and they’re ready to fight for it.” Asked what people her age fear about the occupied territories, Ahed said “Palestinian children are not afraid from the occupier.”
Asked about what she thinks Americans can do to help them, Ahed was insightful. “The USA is the country who support Israel all the time and in every fields, so American people should put pressure on their government to stop supporting the terrorist state of Israel and start to support us through the boycott of Israel and talk about Palestinian cause to let the world know that we’re not terrorists,” she explained.
Meanwhile, an official statement from the IDF spokesman, obtained by HAARETZ, explained that the incident took place in the wakes of “a violent disturbance of the peace in Nabi Saleh, in which Palestinians threw stones at IDF forces that were in the place.”
“The boy who was photographed was identified by the lookout force as a stone-thrower, and because of this it was decided to detain him. At the time of the arrest, a violent provocation by a number of Palestinians developed, including women and children. In light of the violent altercation, the commander decided to not to go ahead with the detention,” the statement reads.