Israel’s culture minister Miri Regev tweeted on Monday saying that the unarmed young protesters should have been shot, not just tackled. “Our soldiers can’t be sent on missions with tied hands” she tweeted, according to the Centre for Research on Globalization.
הזדעזעתי לראות הבוקר את הסרטון של פלסטניות מכות חייל צה"ל. לא יתכן שהחיילים שלנו ישלחו למשימות עם ידיים קשורות... http://t.co/1Tc8ft9WCc
— מירי רגב (@regev_miri) August 30, 2015
Regev said the Isreali army’s policy on the use of live-fire should be changed because of the “humiliation” the soldier endured.
“We need to decide immediately that a soldier that is attacked is permitted to return fire. Period. I call on the Minister of Security to put an end to the humiliation and change the open fire regulations immediately!” Regev wrote in a Facebook statement.
“Anyone who tries to harm Israeli civilians and soldiers needs to know his blood is in his head,” Regev continued, using a Hebrew expression to convey that the Palestinians who assaulted the soldier are fair game for shooting.
Palestinian child, Muhammad Bassem Tamimi, 12-year-old, was tackled and held in headlock by an Israeli soldier trying to arrest him on Friday, in village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank near Ramallah.
A series of replying tweets was given to Regev, denouncing her tweets and describing it as violent and appalling.
Tamimi has a broken arm, in spite of that, the Israeli soldier pinned him down and relentlessly beat him. Tamimi got off the arrest by the Israeli soldier with the help of his mother Nariman Tamimi, his aunt Manal Tamimi, and his sister Ahed Tamimi, 15-year-old, who is known for defying an Israeli soldier in 2012, and aunt Manal Tamimi.
The soldier chased Bassem Tamimi who was suspected to throwing stones to the Israeli soldiers. The video shared on social media has reached 2 million views in three days.
The Israeli soldier’s main aim was to arrest him, said Tamimi, adding “He was pinning my whole body down. I tried to throw him off but I could not,” Anadolu Agency reports.
Tamimi said that he shook off the soldier with his mother and sister's help, stressing “They can't dismay me. I will continue to protest until the end of occupation and the liberation of our country.”
Tamimi’s mother, who saved his son from the Israeli soldier said that she was not thinking anything but saving his son.
"Mothers can turn into a lion when they see an harm done to their children. I felt that I was going to lose my son when the Israeli soldier grabbed him harshly despite his broken arm. I don’t know how to express those moments,” she said.
Nariman Tamimi said that she has been detained five times, wounded several times and last year she was shot in leg, she also lost her brother last year in weekly demonstrations in Nabi Saleh.
“Nothing can dismay us. I also inoculated my children with the spirit of resistance. I encourage them to attend the demonstrations,” Nariman said.
Ahed Tamimi, who gained the "Hanzala Award for Courage" by the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Istanbul, when her brother was taken into custody because of her reactions against Israeli soldiers, said that they did not fear Israeli soldiers.
She said “neither their power nor weapons can scare us. They took my father and mother into custody. They beat us. They killed my uncle, and my aunt. We do nothing other than defending our homeland. They wanted to arrest my brother too. I couldn’t allow it. I was prepared to do anything.”
Israeli soldier’s father said that he was proud of son’s conduct over 12-year-old Palestinian child.
The father Arnon told the Army Radio station on Sunday "We're very proud of what we've seen, we're proud of the restraint he exhibited, because if women would have been hurt it would have ended in a completely different way, without a doubt," Haaretz reports.
The father described the incident as an "unpleasant provocation," In the Army Radio interview. The father said that his son couldn't have known that it was a provocation saying, "it was no coincidence that there were people and photographers around."
Villagers of the Palestinian Nabi Saleh have been holding weekly demonstrations since December 2009. Villagers demand their terrain rights that are taken over by Israeli settlers be returned to them.