RAMALLAH, March 3, 2015 (WAFA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tuesday condemned the attack against 16-year-old Hamzeh Abu Hashem in Beit Ummar in Hebron, which was revealed yesterday in a video that circulated social media and an Israeli news outlet after being published by an Israeli politician.
The video showed two Israeli soldiers holding onto the 16-year old boy, and forcing a dog to bite him while commanding the dog ‘Bite him!’ and saying to the boy, ‘Who’s the coward now?’ in Hebrew.
Abu Hashem has sustained moderate injuries and was handcuffed and kidnapped by the soldiers who forced him to walk injured to the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Carmei Tzur.
The attack took place on December 23, 2014 in the ‘buffer zone’ between Beit Ummar, a town in the southern part of the West Bank, and a nearby Israeli settlement built on land illegally confiscated from the Palestinian residents of Beit Ummar.
According to B’Tselem, confrontations developed between several dozen Palestinians and soldiers in the Special Security Area (SSA) surrounding Carmei Tzur. The area is the site of frequent confrontations between soldiers and Palestinian residents of Beit Umar, whose land was appropriated for the settlement and the SSA.
B’Tselem, through its regular documentation of attacks against children, and the ministry confirmed that this “heinous crime” is not the first and will not be the last committed by Israeli soldiers against unarmed civilians.
“[This crime] conveys the depth of decadence of the Israeli army’s practices and ethics, the level of fascism and racism in soldiers’ mindset, and the depth of hatred culture and blind loathing that the Israeli military instills in soldiers against unarmed Palestinian citizens, whose sole is being Palestinian Arabs.”
The ministry called on international humanitarian and legal bodies concerned of abuse against children to document this incident and be filed at the International Criminal Court and courts of specialty.
It renewed calls to protect the Palestinian people and adopt measures to punish Israel and political and military officials who spread the culture of fascism, which in turn allows for such practices.