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Israeli Policeman Caught on Video Kicking 9-Year-Old Palestinian Boy

In the latest Israeli outrage to be caught on camera, a border policeman was filmed kicking a defenseless 9-year-old Palestinian boy.

The incident occurred Friday in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. According to the BBC, the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem released the footage of 9-year-old Abdul Rahman Burqan being held down by one border patrol officer while another kicks him.

“I heard yelling and I saw a soldier kick a boy in the stomach,” cameraman Raed Abu Rimle told the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. “After the policemen left him, I approached the kid. He was so scared that he’d pissed his pants.”

The Israeli border police have released a statement saying it “views with gravity and condemns the behavior of the policemen.”

“It is important to note that this is an exceptional incident that does not represent the extensive activity of the combat border police troops to further the security of the state of Israel,” the statement adds.

Yoram Halevi, commander of the border police, also said that an investigation will be conducted.

Israeli security forces have been dealing with a significant increase in stone-throwing by Palestinian youth in Hebron, which has been illegally occupied by Israel since 1967.

There is no evidence indicating that Burqan was involved in any such symbolic resistance.

“I was on my way to get some soup and was passing through a shortcut,” the child is quoted by The Telegraph. “The soldier followed me but did not catch me. The next time he hid and one soldier left, then I came and he caught me and hit me, and then he called the other who came and kicked me.”

The kicking incident is the latest Israeli human rights violation to be caught on video in recent months. Other abuses include an Israeli soldier striking a Danish peace activist in the face with a rifle butt and Israeli settlers shooting at Palestinian villagers while IDF soldiers stand by and watch.


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