Soldiers detain 10-year-old Palestinian boy for more than three hours
Qusai al-Ja’ar, 10 years, lives with his family in the neighborhood of a-Zaher in Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. On Friday, 18 October 2019, in the early evening, Qusai was helping his father bring down some leftover concrete from the roof of the family’s one-story home. a military jeep suddenly stopped in front of the family home. Four soldiers got out and two of them walked towards Qusai. One grabbed him and dragged him towards the jeep, without saying a word.
Qusai’s mother, Khitam, 29, and other relatives tried to intervene, but the soldiers shoved them and did not let them get close to Qusai. The soldiers threw stun grenades and tear gas canisters, and one fired another shot in the air.
The soldiers then handcuffed and blindfolded Qusai inside the jeep, and drove him to a military post in the settlement of Carmei Tzur, about 150 meters from his home. The soldiers had the boy sit on a chair in the yard. after more than three hours, the soldiers let Qusai go.
B’Tselem: Detaining a ten-year-old, handcuffed and blindfolded, for any amount of time, is inconceivable. The treatment of ten-year-old Qusai is yet another instance of the daily routine of control and oppression that Israel imposes on all Palestinians in the West Bank, as part of its occupation regime.