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  reported.

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  prison.

“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  last year.

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Like every year, when Mother’s Day turns up, your social media channels get flooded with pictures of your friends with their mothers, Facebook statuses to announce unending love and gratitude (before they go piss off their mother the following day), and endless messaging among siblings to find that perfect gift.

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AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – UMass students are cashing in on their good study habits by selling their notes on a website.

The website is called FlashNotes. It’s an online student marketplace where you can sell or buy everything from class notes, to flashcards.

Flashnotes says the average student makes $31 an hour. Some students have cashed in at $5,000 in one semester. Flashnotes is a website where you can pay somebody in cold hard cash for their diligent note-taking, but, there’s no face to face transaction. It’s all online. 22News asked students. Is it ethical?

“I do think it’s ethical,” said UMass Freshman Danah Hamzeh. “It’s not giving out answers. It’s just helping another student who probably couldn’t go to class that day. Just helping them out.”

Flashnotes says with the rising cost of tuition and textbooks, they are trying to help students get more money and better grades. It’s an idea some students really like.

“I have absolutely horrendous hand writing. My notes are not that nice, so despite the fact that I do sometimes pay attention in class, it would be nice to just have more organized notes than mine,” said UMass Sophomore Nathan Malast.

But one UMass Professor told 22News he thinks it should be illegal.

“If you copy down the information that I’ve created and then sell it, making a profit on it. You are in some ways and possibly illegally infringing on my copyright and infringing on my right to own the information that I’ve created,” said UMass Archaeology Professor Michael Sugerman.

Flashnotes has users at more than 1,600 colleges and universities across the country.

Most of the UMass students who we talked with told 22News they’d consider using Flashnotes if the price was right.