‘We will catch you’: IDF issues wanted posters for Palestinian kids

A Palestinian protester runs away from Israeli border guards during clashes following a protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel (AFP Photo/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)


Asaf Hikmat, a West Bank Palestinian teen, can hardly concentrate on his upcoming exams, as he has been on the lookout for Israeli soldiers ever since he found his face on an IDF wanted poster.

Asaf is one of several youngsters who took part in their village’s weekly protests against Israeli settlement expansion. Such demonstrations would regularly end in tear gas and rubber coated bullets, but the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has recently come up with something new – posters with kids’ faces, reading ‘We are the army. Be careful. We will catch you if we see you.’

“We got very afraid when they put our pictures up, they are threatening that they will arrest us and they will come and take us from our homes,” Asaf relayed his fear to RT correspondent Paula Slier, who is reporting from the West Bank.

The posters depicting the children as outlaws with a bounty on their head are just part and parcel of the IDF’s intimidation techniques, argues Murad Shtaiwi, Coordinator of the Popular Resistance Committee.

Asaf Hikmat, one of the Palestinian teens who found themselves on IDF wanted posters.Asaf Hikmat, one of the Palestinian teens who found themselves on IDF wanted posters.

“Every night, nearly, they come and shoot tear gas and sound bombs toward the houses to frighten and to let the children live in very bad psychological situation,” Shtaiwi told RT.

The Israeli settlers have been justifying the harsh measures taken by the military against the protesting Palestinian youths. The head of the local council for the Karnei Shomron settlement, Herzl Ben Ari, says every day when he gets into his car, his life is put in danger.

“What would usually happen is they would come stand on the road, pick up a brick or a large stone and throw it directly, and from a short range, at the cars. Many of our residents were hurt. Three months ago a baby got hit and she is now in a vegetative state. Stones kill and that is why we expect the military to do what it takes in order for it to stop.” 

Israeli statistics say rock throwing incidents are up by 110% over the last several months. And the military insist they are helpless against them as they are clearly prohibited from targeting noncombatants. It becomes murky when they feel threatened.

“There is a chain, which begins with soldiers being afraid to act because they are not backed up by us, it continues with the Palestinians understanding that the soldiers will not act, the Israeli deterrence is weakening, the terror is growing, Israelis get hurt and Israel is not protecting its citizens. We need to give our soldiers the freedom to act and to back them up when needed,” says Mordechai Yogev, Parliamentarian & Member Of Knesset Foreign Affairs And Defence Committee.

A Palestinian protester runs away from Israeli border guards during clashes following a protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel (AFP Photo/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)A Palestinian protester runs away from Israeli border guards during clashes following a protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel (AFP Photo/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

The IDF’s alleged inability to act when faced with noncombatants, however, does not save Israel from a dismal track record in terms of dealing with Palestinian children.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a report in June, finding that thousands of Palestinian children were systematically injured, tortured and used as human shields by Israel. During the 10-year period examined by UN human rights experts, up to 7,000 children aged 9 to 17 were arrested, interrogated and kept captive, the report said.

Just last week, a video was released showing a 5-year-old Palestinian boy being detained by the Israeli military, allegedly for having thrown stones at soldiers.

Violence has recently been mounting in the occupied West Bank, as Israeli settlement construction has reached a seven-year high, according to Peace Now, an Israeli NGO.

Palestinians see Israelis stopping their settlement construction in the West Bank as a major pre-condition for peace talks, while the Israeli keep reiterating they have no intention of doing so.

  1. #1 by annebeck58 on 07/17/2013 - 9:34

    The kids are being arrested and have their faces plastered all over stolen Palestine for PROTESTING? Are these freaks serious?
    Sadly, they are, and this is what American tax-dollars are paying for? How do we get more Americans to comprehend this? How would they feel if it were their own kids dealing with such garbage? Is it because they are Arab/Muslim that makes many Americans not even care?

    I think it’s just terrible.

  2. #2 by Touchedthesky on 07/17/2013 - 9:34

    These armed Israelis stole their land, stole their homes, stole their olive trees, poisoned their drinking water, poisoned their food, raped and murdered their families, killed their livestock, violated the hollowed grounds of their ancestors with luxurious condos (subsidized with OUR looted tax dollars), terrorize surviving children by using them for “target practice”, erect “wanted posters” of children on Palestinian’s stolen land for throwing rocks at their God Damned tanks (subsidized with OUR tax dollars)…

    …and the Israels pretend to be poor victimized Jews’ “chosen” by their Re-Max “god”.


    I repeat. Do these Israelis behave like “Holocaust survivors”?

    If the Israelis did this to me I would be a formidable “terrorist” to be reckoned with, and with a Great Resolve.

    I can see America’s “Israel-First! Christians ” on judgement day saying to Christ;

    “Gee, sorry about supporting Israel’s pornographic genocide your relatives in Palestine. Can we go to Heaven now?”

  3. #3 by bigcree1 on 07/17/2013 - 9:34

    Now we have the ‘Settlers’ playing ‘victim’ once again. Targeting children who’s only defense is to show their disdain for their land being stolen, their sisters and mothers being raped, their elders being beaten, their friends & comrades being beaten and taken off to some israeli dungeon many times to be tortured and maimed, often raped and slaughtered by these land grabbing parasites. And we’re paying for it via the IRS. It’s BULLSHIT! If I were a kid living there I’d throw whatever I could get my hands on at the effers! They are thumbing their noses at the entire world while they post some poor Palestinian kid’s face up as if he’s some ‘notorious killer’ or something. I DESPISE them with a burning passion. The low bred sons of bitches!

  4. #4 by Obama Bin Bush on 07/17/2013 - 9:34

    It’s judaism, charlie brown.

    That’s all you need to know.

    And all the “good” torah jews still insist that israel has the right to exist.

    A pox on all of you and your descendants. May you wish for hell as a relief for what the people of earth will do to you after they find out all you’ve done.

  5. #5 by bigcree1 on 07/17/2013 - 9:34

    They will pay, in spades. Yes; payback is coming to all of them who deem themselves the ‘Chosen’. It will be epic and I welcome it.

  6. #6 by It is I only on 07/17/2013 - 9:34

    Satan chosen people!

  7. #7 by mlo on 07/17/2013 - 9:34

    What do you expect these kids to do? Look at what these Nazi bastards have done to them…and their parents…and grandparents. Look at what kind of future they have, and these kids know it!! Wouldn’t we all do the same thing, if in their shoes?

  8. #8 by bigcree1 on 07/18/2013 - 9:34

  9. #9 by bigcree1 on 07/18/2013 - 9:34

    It’s NOT ‘Nazis’ mlo. It’s Bolsheviks. Did you know the founder of the isareli terrorist organization Haganah was a Bolshevik? His name was Ze’v Jabotinsky. He along with the rest of his fellow Bolshevik jews assassinated Tsar Nicholas in a most bloody and vile manner. Search the names Swerdlow, Uransky, Bronstein, Lenin et al.

  10. #10 by Freemanontheland on 07/18/2013 - 9:34

    The israeli “who can stoop the lowest” competition is in full swing. Forever thinking up news ways to dehumanize themselves. They are “chosen” in so far, as to be a living warning to the rest of the world what can happen, when you fill yourself with hate, lies and delusions of grandeur. If I didn’t dislike them as much as I do, I could almost feel remotely sorry for them.

  11. #11 by Ingrid B on 07/18/2013 - 9:34

    I see, Bigcree, that the video you posted was filmed by Norwegian state TV. There were two Norwegian doctors working in a Gaza hospital during cast lead..

    That said, saw a shocking report yesterday, on Press TV, which claims that over 200 immigrant children have dissappeared from asylum centres here in Norway, and the authorities are doing little, or nothing. A human rights org. worries that they may be victims of trafficking..

    My greatest wish is that all the countries surrounding the parasitic entity, see the light, and unite to drive out this hellish cancer. What good have these monsters ever done for mankind?

  12. #12 by annebeck58 on 07/18/2013 - 9:34

    Yes, Shadow- love this (right-on) video by Patrick/Snordelhans/ Snordster, and I wish ALL people would watch, listen, and LEARN something,
    He’s pinpointed the main problem and how they are coming about fixing it; they go to war (or send US and our allies to war) in order to accomplish this end.
    The main people who NEED to see this are the dumbas Christian=Zionists, as they don’t even see that what they do is against their own best interest, as well as ours.

    All of the Mid-East needs to figure this out.. before it is really too late! And Westerners need to get that we are not warring to keep US safe, but to help them steal the lands. I do believe that, once they have control of all of these lands, they will NOT stop there.

    Like I said a couple of weeks ago, they used to be satisfied being the money and power behind those (s)elected for US Offices. NOW they are stepping out from behind the curtains and are planning on taking these seats, themselves. Just look at Massachussets. And consider just how many states are about to have governors with “dual citizenship”,, whose only allegiance is to the hell-hole they call, “Israel”.
    We’ve been stupid enough to go along with this… I think the point of no-return is upon us NOW. Now we need to act up. NOW we need to FREAK OUT!

  13. #13 by bigcree1 on 07/18/2013 - 9:34

    Anne, YES!!!!

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