Activists have condemned a video showing an Israeli border policeman kicking a Palestinian child while another policeman holds him down last Friday in Hebron, according to footage released by Israeli rights group B’Tselem.
A B’Tselem spokeswoman said that they intend to refer the case to the Justice Ministry’s unit for the investigation of Police.
The footage, shot by a B’Tselem volunteer near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City, shows a Border Police officer ambushing a child from around the corner. As the child walks past, the officer grabs him by the arm and says: “why are you making trouble?” The officer then drags the child, who is screaming, on the ground for a few seconds.
A second Border Police officer then appears and kicks the boy. The officer then lets the child go. He runs away, and the two Border Police officers leave the scene as well.
The incident took place on the 29th of June. The 9 year-old Abd a-Rahman Burqan, lives with his family near the parking lot used by Israeli vehicles outside of the Tomb, according to B’Tselem.
The incident was filmed by a volunteer in B’Tselem’s camera distribution project, from inside his home.
Video cameras are frequently provided to Palestinian citizens by B’Tselem in order to document possible human rights abuses in the occupied territories as part of a programme started in 2007. 150 camcorders have been distributed to “citizen journalists” throughout the West Bank.
The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories was established in 1989 by a group of prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members.
The event follows a new report released on June 28 by Electronic Intifada, funded and supported by the British government, which accused Israel of violating international law with its treatment of Palestinian child detainees in the West Bank, Al Arabiya reports. According to the report, Israel is in violation of at least six counts set out by the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child and at least two of the Fourth Geneva Convention.