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A Cynical Campaign to Manipulate Palestinian Children

Last week we told you about the young Palestinian girl who was arrested for attacking an IDF soldier. The girl in question videotaped the encounter (which can be seen above) in hopes of creating a viral video that would sully Israel in the eyes of the world. JNS' Daniel Laufer writes about the way that anti-Israel "activists" are using children for their selfish and immoral purposes:

In a video that has gone viral, a young Palestinian approaches two Israeli soldiers. She hits, prods and slaps them. She is trying to provoke a reaction that will be caught on camera and show the ugly violence of the Israeli army. The soldiers respond with professionalism and restraint, and ignore her attack. 

The Palestinian in question is Ahed Tamimi, best known from a 2015 video showing her biting and hitting a soldier as well as from regular demonstrations in Nabi Saleh. News reports have variously identified Tamimi as 16- or 17-years-old, although a number of observers on social media have pointed to documents from 2011 that would put her current age at 18.  

Following the release of the video, Tamimi was arrested for her assault. Despite the ambiguity about her age, this triggered a widespread Twitter campaign calling for her release, under the hashtag #NoWayToTreatAChild. 

The use of this hashtag is not accidental or random, and like the video, it reflects the cynical manipulation of children’s rights that is emerging as a dominant theme in anti-Israel activism...

Tags: Video , Anti-Israel Bias , Palestinians , IDF

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