After a video showing three Palestinian women attacking IDF soldiers went viral and caused widespread debate in Israel, the IDF arrested a second woman involved in the incident, a cousin of Ahed Tamimi, who was arrested on Monday.
Watch: The incident in Nabi Salih
Israeli security forces arrested early Wednesday morning another Palestinian girl who was involved in the attack on IDF soldiers in Nabi Salih village, which was captured on video. The video shows three Palestinian women approaching the IDF soldiers and provoking them while using violence. The soldiers remained in their place and did not respond.
The arrested teenager, Noor, is a cousin of Ahed Tamimi, 16, who was arrested by the IDF in a raid on Monday night. “The investigation reveals that the commander of the force, who was given operational judgment, acted professionally by not getting dragged into violence,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement, but clarified that the women could have been arrested on the spot.
As previously reported by JOL, the viral video caused the Israeli public to debate whether the soldiers responded correctly. “There is no situation in which it’s acceptable for my soldiers to get slapped,” said former IDF commander Amit Deri. “It sends the soldiers and commanders a message that getting hit by protesters is a feasible scenario.”
Palestinian women hit IDF soldiers Photo Credit: Screenshot/Israel News Company
Meanwhile, Peace Now Director and former IDF commander Avi Buskila stated that the soldiers acted appropriately by refraining from responding to the provocation. Buskila also criticized Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who claimed that the girls should be put in prison.