Once every few weeks or months, Israel finds itself facing this kind of video going viral on the Internet, a clip that soars through digital space with the speed of light, without limitations of time or place. Go argue with these pictures. A chronicle of an inevitable Israeli rout, the clip was filmed Aug. 28 in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh. Now, against all odds, I will attempt to describe the same event from the soldier’s point of view, from the Israeli angle.
By Aug. 31, hundreds of thousands of people had watched the video documenting the incident in addition to its wide broadcast on many TV stations across the world.
Another ballyhooed arrest that received wide international coverage was that of Malak al-Khatib from the village of Beitin near Ramallah in December 2014. Malak, 14, was sentenced to two months in jail for having thrown stones at an IDF patrol near her school. She was held in custody pending her legal proceedings. It was only when her physical and emotional state was said to be serious that the family’s attorney agreed to a plea bargain proposed by the military prosecutor. According to the deal, she would be jailed for two months less the 22 days she had already served following her arrest. The family would also have to pay the state a fine of 6,000 shekels ($1,600).