Israeli troops filmed watching idly as settlers throw stones at Palestinians


Israeli troops filmed watching idly as settlers throw stones at Palestinians (VIDEO)
An Israeli human rights group has released video footage of Israeli troops looking on indifferently while Jewish settlers threw stones at Palestinians in the West Bank and has demanded the IDF look into the behavior of its soldiers.

The footage was shot by a Yesh Din group activist on Friday near the village of Burin in the occupied West Bank, the Haaretz newspaper reported.

It showed armed Israeli soldiers standing idly by while settlers were hurling stones at Palestinians just meters away.

“This is a very serious incident in which IDF soldiers allowed the criminals to throw stones unhindered,” Yesh Din said in a statement.

“The soldiers have the responsibility to prevent violence and they have the authority to arrest the lawbreakers and hand them over to the police. As they failed to do so, the IDF must investigate their conduct,” it added.

Despite the content of the video, the IDF has denied claims by the activists that the soldiers turned ignored the violation.

“Forces that arrived at the site tried to separate the sides and asked the settlers to stop throwing stones,” the IDF said in a statement.

“Later, additional forces were dispatched and put an end to the friction, dispersing everyone present,” it added.

The military said that both Israelis and Palestinians were throwing stones, adding that the incident “ended without injuries.”

The IDF explained the presence of the settlers in the area by saying they needed to put out a fire.

A similar incident took place outside Burin village on Wednesday, with Rabbis for Human Rights group also filming masked settlers throwing stones at Palestinians.

And IDF soldier then arrived and dispersed the perpetrators but made no arrests among the Israelis. He was even caught on camera patting one of the settlers on the shoulder.

READ MORE: Female Palestinian minor sentenced to 10 years for attempted stabbing

The only person to be detained on Wednesday was a Palestinian youth who threw stones at the Israelis according to Haaretz.

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China hosts global Silk Road forum
Beijing has welcomed dozens of world leaders and hundreds of business representatives at the Belt and Road Forum where China’s president, Xi Jinping, provided a platform for building a new reality of fair and mutually-beneficial cooperation.
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    06:21 GMT

    Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan Nazarbaev, discussed the Astana peace process with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan.

    “Addressing the results of the Astana peace process, Erdogan stressed its importance for further dialogue on Syria in Geneva,” the Kazakh presidential administration said in a statement.

  • 06:02 GMT

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, voiced concern over the mounting tensions on the Korean peninsula.

    “Of course, Putin and Xi discussed the situation in detail and expressed mutual concern over it,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Sunday.

  • 04:58 GMT

    The President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, welcomed China’s “ambitious” effort to lower trade costs and improve infrastructure with their new project.

    Kim pointed out, however, that the ”sheer size of the initiatives” would require large initial investments. He also called for effective governance and customs procedures along the Silk Road

  • 04:23 GMT

    The British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, called the new Belt and Road idea a “bold” and “groundbreaking” initiative with the “potential to raise living standards of over 70 percent of (the) world’s population.”

  • 04:19 GMT

    Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistani Prime Minister, called China’s Silk Road proposal a “synergetic intercontinental cooperation” that will help “reform” global economic governance.

    The “center of gravity should shift from conflict to cooperation” when building the new initiative, Sharif said.

  • 04:07 GMT

    The Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, also welcomed the Silk Road initiative which Athens believes will help its domestic economy. The Greek PM also noted that the Chinese proposal is “compatible with [Greece’s] own regional economic goals.”

  • 03:50 GMT

    Czech Republic President Milos Zeman called the new Silk Road initiative the “most fascinating project in all our modern history.” He said an overwhelming majority of world politicians are confined within the limits of short-term decisions, which have consequences inside the function period or election period of the given politician.

    “It is very easy, it is very comfortable, because there is no risk that your successor will eat the cream of your activity and that he will open the successful story of that long-term investment,” Zeman said, emphasizing that it requires great courage to engage in such a long term venture.

    “In modern history, except for the Marshall Plan, there was practically no long-term projects,” he said, noting that even the unprecedented American 20th century investment to rebuild Western Europe is dwarfed by this new initiative.

  • 03:30 GMT

    Chile’s President, Michelle Bachelet, said the Silk Road has the capacity to become the “biggest economic cooperation project in place today,” emphasizing that her region “understands the need to be part of that major endeavor.”

  • 02:59 GMT

    Rounding-off the opening ceremony as the final speaker, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, said the Silk Road project has “immense potential… far-reaching in geography and ambition.”

  • 02:54 GMT

    Taking the stage after Putin, Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan emphasized that a project of such scale will encourage greater intergovernmental cooperation and strengthen the “climate of solidarity” among all partners. The establishment of a new, coherent political and economic system will “pave the way in a new era,” said the Turkish leader leader whose country was an important point of convergence during the times of the ancient Silk Road.

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