Palestinian witnesses at Huwara Checkpoint near Jenin have refuted Israeli claims that Palestinian child, Amal Kabha, 15, attempted to stab an Israeli soldier.
Witnesses said, “A female Israeli soldier was searching Kabha in a provoking manner at the checkpoint. This stirred in an argument between them. The argument developed further and the child slapped the female Israeli soldier in the face, adding, “Other soldiers assaulted the child and arrested her along with her parents who were with her and accused her of attempting to stab the soldier.”
Following the incident, Israeli soldiers stormed the family’s house and arrested Kabha’s brother
Palestinians in the village of Um Alrihan near Jenin usually use Huwara Checkpoint to get in and out of the village that is surrounded by the Israeli Separation Wall.
Palestinians in the village have repeatedly complained about the treatment they receive at the checkpoint where they are searched and wait for long hours to cross through.
The village is home to 420 Palestinians who live three kilometers away from borders with Israel. It is surrounded by four Israeli colonies in addition to confiscating lands belongings to the village to build the Separation Wall.