Itâs Saturday 4 April and a group of Israeli soldiers storm fourteen-year-old Maherâs house, claiming that Maher has been seen stone-throwingâthe Israeli militaryâs go-to rationale for harassing Palestinian children and their families. * When Mahmoud, Maherâs father, protests, soldiers take both him and Maher into custody. The police release them later that evening.
At approximately 6:45 on 6 April soldiers once again raid Maherâs home. They do not take Maher into custody, but later that evening, Maher is outwalking and is once again detained by a group of fully armed soldiers. Although another boy, known to Maher, turns himself in for stone throwing, the soldiers continue to threaten Maher with arrest, saying that they will again take him to the police station. As CPTers attempt to document Maherâs detention, soldiers make a game out of requiring the CPTers to recite their ID and passport numbers. Just as the soldiers are about toMaher into the military base next to the settlement of Beit Romano, Maherâs father arrives, and must plead for his release once again.See this video for CPTâs documentation of the incident.
The following day, Israeli soldiers again raid the home of Maherâs familyâthis time, however, there are forty-eight of them. Before the incident, the soldiers parade the streets of Hebronâs Old City in a loop, ID-checking and entering homes along the way, before finally returning to Maherâs home again. See more photos here.