Published On: Wed, Mar 4th, 2015 on 3:49 pm

Disturbing leaked footage shows Israeli soldiers ‘setting dogs on Palestinian teen’

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The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) are reportedly investigating leaked footage which appears to show soldiers setting dogs on a Palestinian teenager.

Israel Soldiers Dog On Teen

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The video was taken in December in the West Bank settlement of Carmei Tzur, but gained attention after being posted on Facebook by ultra-nationalist politician Michael Ben Ari, who said of the footage: “The soldiers taught the little terrorist a lesson!”

It was quickly removed from his page but went viral after being circulated on the web also gaining international media attention.

The video, which some people may find distressing, shows 16-year-old Hamzeh Abu Hashem cowering and screaming in distress as dog’s bite at his clothes.

Israeli soldiers hold him throughout the attack and a man can be heard saying “yofi”, which means “good”.

Warning: Some may find the video below distressing.

The IDF said in a statement they had ordered an “internal inquiry” into the footage, adding: “Conclusions will be drawn and the necessary steps will be taken to prevent such incidents from recurring.”

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said the incident was an “appalling act, both unlawful and immoral” and has called on the military to stop the use of dogs for arresting unarmed Palestinian civilians.

Two months ago, B’Tselem documented a similar incident in which dogs were set on a young Palestinian man opposite the Carmei Tzur settlement’s SSA.

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