We have heard much about the brutality on both sides in this battle over a small piece of land at the heart of so much trauma globally. In the massively slanted media widespread around Europe and the American “lefty liberal” media, we constantly hear about abuses by Israelis against the poor, innocent “Palestinians.” Such lopsidedness unfortunately has a tendency to numb one to atrocities committed by individuals when they actually occur.

In this case, we find accusations that Israeli soldiers are continuing a patter of brutality alleged earlier in the works of such writers as Ralph Schoenman in The Hidden History of Zionism: To wit, Israeli troops are accused once again of abusing Palestinian youths.

Israeli troops ‘ill-treat kids’

A former Israeli military commander has told the BBC that Palestinian youngsters are routinely ill-treated by Israeli soldiers while in custody, reports the BBC’ s Katya Adler from Jerusalem and the West Bank.

“You take the kid, you blindfold him, you handcuff him, he’s really shaking… Sometimes you cuff his legs too. Sometimes it cuts off the circulation.

“He doesn’t understand a word of what’s going on around him. He doesn’t know what you’re going to do with him. He just knows we are soldiers with guns. That we kill people. Maybe they think we’re going to kill him.

“A lot of the time they’re peeing their pants, just sit there peeing their pants, crying. But usually they’re very quiet.”