One activist captures what was almost a moving moment between a six-year-old Palestinian and a settler child in the occupied south Hebron Hills. Almost.
In a video filmed by Amir Bitan, an Israeli Ta’ayush activist, Thamer Ibrahim Alayan, a 6-year-old Palestinian child from the Umm al Ara’is village in the South Hebron Hills is seen going up to shake the hand of a settler child from the illegal outpost of Mitzpeh Yair. Thamer is first seen being escorted away from the settlement by a Border Policeman, presumably to prevent a confrontation between the two. However, Thamer returns to the settler, and after the two shake hands in an almost moving moment, the settler child picks up a rock and throws it at Thamer. (Watch From about 1:30)
Settlers have been trying to claim and take over more of Umm al Ara’is’ land, often driving Palestinian farmers away. In order to avoid having to deal with the settlers, the IDF declared it a closed military zone three months ago.
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