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Parents urge firing of teacher seen at soldier’s mobbing

Although Ramat Gan school teacher didn’t take part in incident, he was filmed confronting other security forces in West Bank protest

A Palestinian girl (left), bites the hand of an Israeli soldier (center), during clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah, August 28, 2015. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
A Palestinian girl (left), bites the hand of an Israeli soldier (center), during clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah, August 28, 2015. (AFP/Abbas Momani)

Parents of pupils at an Israeli high school on Sunday demanded the firing of a teacher who took part in a demonstration over the weekend at which an IDF soldier was lightly injured by protesters who mobbed him as he tried to arrest a young boy.

The parents of children attending the ORT Ebin school in Ramat Gan told the principal they were not prepared to have Herzl Schubert, a history teacher, educate their children, the Hebrew-Language NRG website reported.

Although the teacher in question didn’t take part in the attack on the soldier, he was seen in a video clip confronting other soldiers during the demonstration at the village of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank.

On Friday an IDF soldier was injured when he was attacked by a group of Palestinian women and children while he was attempting to arrest a Palestinian boy the village. A video of the incident was widely spread in international media.

According to the IDF, Palestinians threw stones at Israeli soldiers during the demonstration, a weekly event next to the Ramallah-area village to protest Israeli settlements. Though billed as a nonviolent demonstration, the protest is often the site of altercations between Israeli security personnel and pro-Palestinian activists.

Because of its proximity to Tel Aviv, the protest often draws Israeli activists against settlement building.

Photos taken at the scene showed the masked soldier surrounded by women and children, holding the boy in a headlock.

The army said in a statement the boy, identified by activists as a 12-year-old, had been spotted throwing stones.

In a video uploaded by Palestinian activists, the soldier appears to forcefully restrain the boy, whose arm is in a cast, and at several points chokes and presses the kid’s head against a boulder to keep him still.

Moments later, a group of Palestinian women accompanied by a girl named A’hd Tamimi, who identifies herself as the boy’s sister, begin grappling with the soldier and punching him repeatedly while he holds down the boy. At one point the girl bites his hand.

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A minute later, another IDF soldier arrives, helps push some of the attackers off, and the first soldier steps out of the fray, leaving the boy. As he walks away, he pulls the pin on a tear gas grenade and throws it into the crowd of activists and journalists.

The IDF said it arrested two other Palestinians who threw stones, but that the commanding officer called off the arrest of the boy because of the “violent confrontation.”

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