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Video of Palestinian Child Confronts Israeli
Occupation Forces Over Father's Detention
Ma'an, August 8, 2010
Here's the Video:
BETHLEHEM, August 3, 2010 (Ma'an) --
Video footage of a four-year-old child begging Israeli forces to
release his father from detention on Monday has circulated the globe.
"You dog, give me my dad. I want daddy. I want daddy. Give me my dad,"
cried Khalid Fadel Al-Ja’bari, as Israeli border guards detained his
father Fadel, 36 in the Al-Baq'a village east of Hebron, where Israel's
Civil Administration began destroying what it described as an illegal
water irrigation network. At the time, a spokesman denied forces
Badran Jaber, the
child's grandfather, told Ma'an his son-in-law was detained after
objecting to Israeli bulldozers overturning fields planted with vegetables
near the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement.
"The heart of the
soldiers is harder than the rock. The screams of the child did not stop
them from attacking his father, but they kicked the child and pulled his
hands which were holding his father’s shirt," said the grandfather.
Khaled, he said, has not slept since his father was detained.
grandfather said border guards have repeatedly prevented him and other
residents from accessing the 30 dunums of land, of which 18 belong to him,
by deploying riot dispersal means.
Jaber, a leader of the leftist
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said Israel's Civil
Administration, accompanied by border guards, began destroying the
irrigation network on his farmland at 9a.m. He said residents and
relatives tried to stop forces, but were assaulted.
15-year-old son Wadi and my son-in-law ... Fadel, tried to defend myself
and my wife, Israeli soldiers beat them before detaining them,” Jaber told
Ma'an at the time.
A spokesman for Israel's Civil Administration
said Monday inspectors destroyed pipes that were illegally set up and
stealing water from other sources. He said no farmland was destroyed in
At the time, Locals in Hebron confirmed seeing Israeli
bulldozers overturn vast areas of farmland.