Footage of a 12-year-old boy being brutally restrained by an Israeli soldier has recently gone viral after attacks against unarmed civilians took place in Palestine over the weekend.
The video, which was shared by multiple pro-Palestine accounts, shows an armed officer kneeling on the chest of a young boy as he cries out for help. Other people plead with him to get off the child, but he’s too focused on talking into his radio to care.
Pretty typical of an IDF member.
Supermodel, Bella Hadid, also re-shared the video on her Instagram account along with an emotional caption asking people “How many babies and children have to be murdered by a government system, before people start to care?”
“How many army units does it take to arrest a CHILD?” She wrote. “How many times does a young strong military man , with guns, bullet proof vests, power, have to kick down their elder, to feel more POWERFUL? How many babies and children have to be murdered by a government system, before people start to care?”
She continued: “I will not allow us to all be named “terrorists” (as I’ve been called since I was a child, for simply just being Palestinian. ) just for being alive or standing up for our people. As if they go hand in hand. For standing up for what is right. HUMAN rights. This occupation is not only killing the lives of many women, children , men on a regular basis , but it is tainting the name of another people’s in the process.
“It is saddening and sickening,” she concluded.
The news comes after it was reported that over 150 Palestinians were left injured after Israeli forces brutally attacked Muslims praying in Al-Aqsa.
Medics at the scene claimed that the number of people injured has continued rising as the armed officers took to the surrounding areas of the holy site to continue their assault on worshippers during the month of Ramadan.
According to Palestine Red Crescent, most of the Palestinian injuries on Friday and Saturday were incurred by rubber bullets, grenades and beatings with police batons.
Videos of the attacks were posted to social media, with many left speechless watching the intense violence used against unarmed civilians. In one video, you can see an Israeli officer wearing riot gear running up to a woman holding a camera and striking her with a baton. She screams out in pain, while others around her shout for him to leave her alone.
Another video saw IDF soldiers shoving elderly Palestinian men into a huddle, in an attempt to get them away from Al-Aqsa.
“0% regard, respect, humility, humanity for anyone but their own Israeli apartheid selves. If they can shamelessly do this to the elderly in public, in front of cameras, at places of worship, during holy events. What when camera off,” wrote one user.
This isn’t the first time we’ve witnessed chaotic scenes like this. Last year, during Ramadan, Israeli forces also stormed Al-Aqsa and bombarded worshippers with the same bullets and grenades as seen in recent attacks.
This is absolutely unacceptable. And during one of the holiest weekends for all people of Abrahamic faiths? Disgusting.
May God lighten the burden for Palestinians and finally free them from the torment of these oppressors.