Israeli soldiers detain 13-year-old Palestinian in Hebron and lead him up and down streets blindfolded
On 3 Nov. 2019, at about 11:30 A.M., soldiers detained ‘Abd a-Razeq Idris, 13, from the Abu Jales neighborhood. They put him and a jeep, blindfolded him and drove him around. They then took him to al-Harika neighborhood, about a kilometer from his home, where they took him out of the jeep and walked him, blindfolded, through the streets. When his father arrived, the soldiers refused to turn the boy over. Instead, they drove him to a military post in the settlement of Kiryat Arba yet told the father they were taking him to the police station there, where the father searched for his son in vain. ‘Abd a-Razeq was asked about stone-throwers and sent home alone at about 2:00 P.M.
This case is no aberration, it is part of the routine violence imposed on Palestinians in Hebron by Israeli security forces and settlers, including physical attacks, threats, verbal abuse, soldiers’ incursions into homes (usually at night) – and the false arrest of minors and adults. Israel cites security to justify this conduct and the segregation it imposes on the city. Yet as this case proves, these claims are baseless and serve merely to bolster a policy of driving Palestinians to leave Hebron by making daily life unbearable.