WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE
Video of Israeli soldiers using dogs against Palestinian boy sparks outcry
Mar. 3 2015
A leaked video shot in December purportedly shows IDF soldiers setting dogs on a Palestinian teenager. The Palestinian Ministry of
Foreign Affairs condemned the attack, while Israel’s chief military
prosecutor ordered an investigation into the incident.
The video went viral after being posted to Facebook by former
ultra nationalist Knesset member Michael Ben-Ari with the
caption: “The soldiers taught the little terrorist a
lesson.” The video has since been removed, but several
copies were shared on the internet.
The Palestinian WAFA news agency reported that the attack took
place on December 23, 2014 in the ‘buffer zone’ in the West Bank,
between the town of Beit Ummar and the nearby Israeli settlement
of Carmei Tzur, which is located south of the town.
The footage shows 16-year old Hamzeh Abu Hashem crying out as a
dog repeatedly attacks him, while Israeli soldiers hold him down.
A man can be heard commanding the dog to “bite him” as
well as tauntingly asking “who’s chicken?” according to
a translation provided by Haaretz.
Hashem had been accused of throwing stones at the soldiers. The
IDF has said that an “internal inquiry” would be
conducted and added that “the necessary steps will be taken
to prevent such incidents from recurring.”
Military Advocate General Major General Danny Efroni has ordered
for the soldiers involved to be interrogated, Channel 10
Hashem’s father is cited by Haaretz as saying that the teen was
treated for dog bites at a hospital before being transferred to a
“We, his mother and I, watched the video, and we couldn’t
believe what we were seeing,” he said. “My wife almost
fainted. I don’t know if there’s a mother or father in the world
who can be indifferent to such pictures.
It pained us very much, especially the fact that the boy was
helpless and the soldiers rejoiced over him.”
Israeli human rights group B’Tselem however says the footage doesn’t show anything out of
the ordinary, noting that it is “standard” army
practice. The group documented several similar incidents over