Israeli Army Orders Palestinian Child to Destroy His Plastic Toy Gun. PHOTO/Reuters
KHARTOUM – Defense Forces Israel in Hebron forced a child Palestine to destroy a plastic toy gun he received to celebrate Eid in exchange for permission to pass through a checkpoint on Shuhada Street, Sunday (23/4/2023).
Palestinian activists circulating a video on social media, which shows a 9-year-old boy, along with his father and two younger brothers, being told by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to destroy the plastic toys if they want to pass through a checkpoint.
“This is what happened with the children on Al-Shuhada Street. The Israeli soldier refuses to give the toy away until he destroys it completely and renders it useless,” said the child’s father.
“The kid celebrates Eid like the other kids in town. According to Israeli military officers, children living on Al-Shuhada Street have no right to play or celebrate Eid,” he continued.
“This is the law of the Israeli government, as explained to the child by the Israeli military officer at the checkpoint,” the father added.
Ibrahim Melhem, a spokesman for the Palestinian government, told Arab News that the incident reflects a series of Israeli military actions targeting Palestinian children, either by killing them, arresting, injuring or intimidating them, or even limiting their right to play during Eid.
“They try to narrow the space for joy and spread terror and fear among children, especially on holidays, while dozens of Palestinian children are being killed just to satisfy their desire to kill children,” said Melhem.
He also called on the United Nations to investigate the case. Currently dozens of settlers live among Palestinian families in Hebron, while the IDF provides security for the settlers. However, it frequently harasses Palestinians who pass through its military checkpoints.