I interviewed a couple of really sweet Palestinian boys yesterday who had just been released from over 12 hours in Israeli detention. Why did Israel detain and interrogate two 17-year-olds while they were fishing, force them to strip naked, jump into the frigid Mediterranean in the pre-dawn hours, blindfold them, handcuff them, feet cuff them, interrogate them, photograph one of them with his shirt of, and then ultimately release them without apology or explanation? Mohamed and Abdul Qader have no idea. The Israeli army never told them. Chances are, unless you read the report I wrote yesterday, you never heard their story.
Can you imagine what the world’s reaction would be if armed Palestinians kidnapped two Israeli high school students fishing a couple of miles off the coast of Tel Aviv
I spent most of the time speaking to Abdul Qader, who appeared really traumatized by the experience, and kept repeating “this is no way to treat human beings.” His dad is a plumber, and since there’s not a lot of work in Gaza now, he often helps his family out by catching fish when there’s a school holiday. He won’t be going back out on the water for a longtime though.
Anyway, check out palsolidarity.org for the full report, plus photos.