Below are 2 videos taken of the Israeli security forces instigating stone throwing and then luring Palestinians into doing the same before brutally arresting and shooting one of the Palestinians whilst he was detained. Notice the eagerness of Israeli soldiers to put the boot in to Palestinians captive on the ground.
two-minute video, taken on October 7 in the West Bank near Ramallah, is worth
studying carefully to understand how Israel has become so adept at
managing the Palestinian population under occupation and at foiling their
efforts at resistance.
can see about 20 men, faces concealed, who look like they are Palestinian
protesters throwing stones at the army. In fact, they are what are called
“mistaravim”: Israeli security forces in disguise as Palestinian youths.
to those who witnessed this incident (see update below), the
mistaravim began throwing stones at the army in a piece of theatre to
lure other Palestinians to the protest.
as we can see in the video, when a few Palestinian protesters separate
themselves from the main body of the crowd they are picked off by the
mistaravim, like lions going after a gazelle.
once they have grabbed the main Palestinian in this video, they shoot him in
the knee and take turns kicking him.
can’t see what happens next, but the routine is well known.
will be taken off to a Shin Bet interrogation (torture) cell, where he will be
made to give up the names of anyone he can think off who was there (and very
possibly those who weren’t).
the Israeli army will make night raids to grab those who were named, or
arrest them when they try to cross one of the many checkpoints
and roadblocks Israel operates in the occupied territories.
some point later he will be released. The Shin Bet will use his “confession” as
blackmail to get him to serve as an informer.
has been going on for nearly five decades in the occupied territories.
It has created an awful lot of Palestinians trapped in a vicious
cycle of collaboration, and a very effective system of control for Israel.
Bahour makes the point that the drama playing out here
illustrates the way young Palestinians are being drawn not into an
organised intifada but into futile bursts of anger against Israel.