[News] Israeli forces attempt to arrest 2-year-old Palestinian child
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Wed Apr 4 10:30:16 EDT 2012
Israeli forces attempt to arrest 2-year-old Palestinian child
Submitted by Linah Alsaafin on Wed, 04/04/2012 - 08:55
Momen Shtayeh probably owns a John Cena shirt,
the WWE wrestler who the Palestinian kids hero
worship, their shrill voices echoing in
neighborhood streets of Cenas catchphrase, You
cant see me! accompanied with waving a hand in front of their faces.
Momen Shtayeh has seen and knows too much. There
is a chancenay, a probability that due to
witnessing the Israeli armys brutality and
severe oppression in his village of Kufr Qaddoum,
Momen might have grown up to be a warmongering
Islamist (or perversely, a Tea Partier).
Momen Shtayeh represents a threat to the
security of the Israeli racist occupying state.
Apparently, it is well known that due to his
savvy nature, Momen has been involved in drawing
up specialized blue prints to attack enemy bases.
So it all makes perfect sense that the most moral
army in the world, the Israeli Defense Forces,
the 4th strongest army, the upholders of the
beacon of democracy and godly light, tried to
arrest Momen on Monday, April 2nd.
The thing is, Momen is 2 and a half years old.
Murad Shtayeh, the coordinator of the popular
resistance committee in Kufr Qaddoum and the
father of little Momen, told the Electronic
Intifada that heavily armed Israeli soldiers
raided his house on Monday at 5:30pm. Two
soldiers remained outside, two others went in the
house, shouting they were going to arrest Momen.
Momen was going inside the house, Murad said,
when the soldiers suddenly took off from where
they had been standing.They came running to the
house like they were in a marathon, very fast and
urgent, like a bunch of crazies.
The soldiers claimed that Momen had, not a
nuclear warhead, or a submachine gun, but the
most dangerous item in the world- a slingshot.
Of course Momen didnt have a slingshot in his
hands! scoffed Murad. And even if he did, so
what? Hes a kid. For crying out loud.
The soldiers were adamant that Momen hand over
his slingshot (which he doesnt own) because he
was using it to aim at the soldiers. Whats more,
they wanted Momen to hand himself over to them too.
Bashar Shtayeh, Murads cousin was also present
at the scene. The soldiers in the house drew
their weapons and pointed them at the family, he
said, threatening them that they would not leave
unless Momen was handed over to them.
An loud angry argument persisted for half an hour
between Murad, other villagers who had come to
see what the commotion was all about, and the
soldiers. The soldiers then left, having cemented
yet another moral meltdown in the occupations
history. Not that they had morals in the first place.
But what of the toddler? Needless to say, Momen
was terrified by the ongoings around him.
What can I say, of course hes affected by
this, Murad said. He was very scared. Hes doing slightly better now.
Kufr Qaddoum began its weekly popular resistance
protests in June 2011, against the encroaching
illegal settlement of Qedumim that is built on
the villages land and to open the main village
road that leads directly to Nablus.
The Israeli oppression against Kufr Qaddoum
doesnt just happen on Fridays. It occurs on a daily basis.
Obviously, they thought this stunt- whether
carried through or not- would serve as a
punishment for us, but the truth is that it will
not deter us from our protests,Murad declared.
Every day and night we have 5 to 7 soldiers in
the village harassing us. Sometimes they come in
with their dogs and fetch cars and houses.
Yesterday (Tuesday) at 9:30pm the soldiers set up
a checkpoint on one of the inner streets of the village.
Momen Shtayeh, your little 2 and a half year old
self highlighted the absurdity, the idiocy, the
shameful nature of the Israeli occupying army.
May the force of John Cena be with you.
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