Palestinian helps Israeli abandoned in raid

2012-02-03 22:28

Jerusalem - An Israeli soldier stranded after a raid in occupied territory was escorted to safety by a Palestinian man in the same village the troops had targeted, witnesses and media reports said.

The Israeli military said on Friday a batallion commander had been suspended from duties for the soldier having been abandoned on enemy turf in the raid this week, an infraction which Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz saw as a "serious incident".

Soldiers had raided Boudros village near the West Bank city of Ramallah to confront stone-throwing protesters against a barrier built on West Bank land, which Israel calls a security measure and Palestinians condemn as a land-grab.

In the stormy weather, a soldier charged with guarding a street ended up isolated from his peers and was unaware when they withdrew from the area, reports and witnesses said.

A Palestinian man identified as Mohammed said he went to tell a soldier he noticed standing alone on a village road that the others had withdrawn.

The soldier "seemed confused and his face turned red," Mohammed said, adding he then escorted the soldier toward his own home where other soldiers later picked him up.

Israeli media said the soldier, armed with a personal weapon, had been isolated from his unit for half an hour. A military spokesperson called it "a matter of minutes" before he was reunited with other troops.

Ayyed Morrar, a local activist in Boudros, told an Israeli television station of the assistance given the soldier:

"We oppose the occupation and are willing to pay the price for freedom, but not in a way that leads to killing."

There were no reported casualties on either side in Boudros, a flashpoint of ongoing tensions in West Bank land Israel captured in a 1967 war which Palestinians seek now for a state.

Much of the conflict near Boudros is over a barrier Israel built in the aftermath of a bloody uprising a decade ago, calling it a security measure to prevent armed penetrations of its towns and cities.

Palestinians say the barrier cuts across privately-owned farmland. Dozens of Palestinians accompanied by Israeli and foreign activists, confront Israeli forces in protests against the barrier and other Israeli measures on a weekly basis in the Boudros area, including nearby villages.

Western-backed peace talks for a settlement of the conflict collapsed in 2010 and exploratory discussions to get diplomacy back on track ended in failure last month in Jordan.

  • Paul - 2012-02-03 23:02

    Well done to a true, modern day, "good Samaritan".

  • Dan - 2012-02-04 00:42

    Just show you , they are human . Just when i thought the Palistinains have no redeeming qualities , that they are all a lot of blood thirsty deranged suicide bombers. along comes one little Arab and make me feel like an idiot

      Johan - 2012-02-04 09:26

      They are good people. They just want their land back and be left alone. The term "suicide bomber" is very derogatory and misleading. These people are making the ultimate sacrifice - giving their lives in desperation. They have been suffering at the hands of the Israelis for so long that suicide is the only way out - how can you ever blame them?

  • Jaba - 2012-02-04 06:09

    Simple. Most Israelis & Palestinians want to live in peace. Arabs and Jews have lived in peace for centuries. If the Palestinians civilian population is ever able to have their own Arab Spring and klick out Hamas and other terrorist organisations than there will be peace. Israel wants peace! Palestinians want peace! Hamas want a Religious war that would never end – just google their charter and see for yourselves. Peace is achievable but the Palestinian’ civilians will have to fight Hamas for it.

      timelord - 2012-02-04 07:19

      jaba ,well said freind !

      Johan - 2012-02-04 09:30

      ^^^^ Absolutely

      ChristopherGlenHarrison - 2012-02-04 16:56

      The idea that Hamas are advocates of endless and ongoing war is just silly, and it's constantly used as a cloak for excluding them. Nobody fights with the final goal of 'war'! Everybody wants peace, but on their own terms. You don't think the leaders and followers of Hamas love their children, or want a better future for them?

      Adam - 2012-02-04 19:15

      @christopher i couldnt agree with your logic and reasoning more... unfortiuantly that is not the case. hamas openly admitts it will not rest till israel is free of every jew. hamas is not part of negotiations because they are excluded, they are not present because negotiations are not part of their agenda. hamas would absolutley fight to the death at the expense of their own peoples lives then live in a multi cultural society. this isnt my opinion, this is written in the hamas constitution and they are very open about it. please try realise israel is not dealing with school yard bullies. this is scum of the earth

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-04 07:51

    Just to prove anything is possible, even peace! Mazeltov

  • The-Azanian - 2012-02-04 13:14

    Whats with this website and israel-palestine, there are more serious news in this world.

      Johan - 2012-02-04 13:37

      Like the latest cricket score? Or some celebrity that got pregnant again? Or the rand that is trading flat today? No, this IS important. People are suffering and people are dying.

      ChristopherGlenHarrison - 2012-02-04 17:02

      Not true...that the powerful of the world tolerate (and even sponsor) the ongoing violence against the people of the Occupied Territories, whilst simultaneously launching wars in the name of 'protecting civilians' is a symptom of such immense hypocrisy and dishonesty that it should be front page news every single day.

  • Jacques - 2012-02-04 13:16

    that kind of action is a bigger weapon than rockets... I am a Israel supporter, but Israel must do more...

  • Silvana - 2012-02-04 13:46

    What a beautiful story. Just hope it's not propaganda.

  • Nigel - 2012-02-05 07:04

    To me the Israiles & Palastinians are tired of this conflict, perhaps not too different from our past, I think they all just want to resolve their conflict & get on with life, much the same as us. well done to Mohammed, it is this kind of action that changes the world, not the actions of so called leaders that sow hatred & division, speaking of which, well done to Cyril Ramaposa for putting the Mamparra in his place.

  • Patsy - 2012-02-05 12:52

    Wonderful! It makes one wonder just who is fighting whom?? Government against government and not people against people. But it has always been that way, hasn't it...

  • Lee - 2012-02-05 15:10

    Here is a story of hope for peace: tolerance and the rejection of killing. Let us pray for the health and prosperity of the Palestinian Arab and his family.

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