Israeli Forces Arrest 9-Year-Old in Beit Ommar

19 February 2011

On February 18, 2011, at 2pm, six military vehicles full of Israeli Forces entered the village of Beit Ommar and began shooting tear gas near the homes of residents. After entering the house of Ahmed Mahmoud al-Alami, soldiers began beating the occupants and arrested Ahmed’s 9-ear-old son Mahmoud.

During the arrest, a soldier carried Mahmoud over his shoulder as he took him from his house towards an army jeep. Mahmoud’s mother ran out after him demanding that the soldiers release her son, but her protests fell on deaf ears. At the same time, soldiers blocked off the main street of the village, preventing residents from entering the area. After a while, the soldiers left, taking Mahmoud to Gush Etzion settlement.

Israeli Forces periodically arrest Palestinian minors in the occupied territories. Just this month, several young boys have been arrested from their homes in Beit Ommar alone.