(CNSNews.com) – In a video clip posted on social media this week, a Palestinian man is seen encouraging a small child, possibly three-years-old, to throw stones at armed Israeli border policemen, and yells at the Israelis to shoot the boy.
“Shoot him and kill him!” the man shouts, adding that the Israelis are after all “familiar with shooting and killing kids.” He also offers to “bring the other one” – evidently another child.
The man, possibly the boy’s father, prods the seemingly reluctant child, wearing red shorts and holding a Palestinian flag, in the direction of the troops, and tells him, “Raise up the flag!”
Then he tells the child to throw stones at the policemen.
Neither the troops nor the child comply with the man’s wishes: A police officer offers a hand and high-fives the youngster. The child picks up several stones, tosses them near the verge of the road, as the policemen look on.
Off-camera, protestors can be heard chanting. The boy pauses to wipe the dust off his hands, waves the flag some more, and then sits down on a boulder for a rest.
An Israeli Defense Forces spokesman’s office official posted the clip on Twitter. “[F]ather of the year stages his toddler son,” tweeted Lt. Col. Peter Lerner,“tries to get him to throw stones calls border police to shoot.”
Attempts to establish from the IDF where and when the incident occurred were unsuccessful.
Leibel A. Mangel, an IDF combat veteran who also posted the clip on social media, said the child had been identified as Muhammad Suroor, age three.
Mangel paraphrased a quote attributed to the late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir: “There will be peace when they love their children more than they hate ours.”
Human Rights Voices, an advocacy group that focuses on the United Nations, issued a report Monday stating that between the second half of last year and May this year, at least 36 violent attacks against Israelis – mostly knife attacks – have been carried out by Palestinian children, aged between 11 and 17 children (in some cases ages were not given).
Five people were killed in five of the attacks; in many others victims were wounded.
“Palestinian children who directly perpetrate acts of terrorism, including murder, violate the most fundamental of human rights: the right to life,” said Human Rights Voices’ president, Anne Bayefsky.
“The Palestinian adults who encourage Palestinian child terrorism violate one of the most fundamental rights of the child: the right not to take part in armed conflict or hostilities.”
Bayefsky noted that the Palestinian Authority, as part of its attempts to expand the recognition it enjoys at the U.N., has formally acceding to international legal prohibitions on children in armed conflict.
They include the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, which forbids the use by governments and non-state armed groups of under-18s in hostilities, and requires governments to take legal steps to criminalize such practices.
Despite these obligations and their patent violation, Human Rights Voices observed that a recent annual U.N. report on children and armed conflict stated, in relation to Palestinian children: “Limited information is available about the recruitment or use of children.”
Since evidence to the contrary was widely available and that claim was “manifestly untrue,” Bayefsky said, “the United Nations is not merely engaged in a feeble cover-up.”
“The U.N. is now an active enabler of the violation of the rights of Israelis and Palestinians: the basic rights to life and security of the person of the Israeli victims of Palestinian children engaged in terrorism, and the rights of Palestinian children not to be recruited or engaged in terrorism in the first place.”
(The U.N. report does mention reports that 25,000 children attended a military camp in Gaza run by Hamas’ Izzadin al-Qassam Brigades, and that another terrorist group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, provided weapons training to girls while on camp.)
The U.N. report on children and armed conflict is due to be discussed by the Security Council on Tuesday morning.
It is the same report that U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon recently amended to remove Saudi Arabia from a blacklist of member-states and groups that violate children’s rights in conflict. Ban admitted having bowed to pressure after Saudi Arabia and allies threatened to withdraw funding for U.N. projects.