Pallywood Again?

The following video has been disseminated by anti-Israel folk on social media, including Hamas.

It has the following description:

The soldiers beat up three Palestinian Kids in Hebron , one of them was injured in the leg , soldier dragged them , beat them up , arrested them . , then released them .

The incident shown relates to the IDF’s arrest of a number of children in Hebron for suspected involvement “in throwing stones and Molotov cocktails.”

But back to the video, which I believe illustrates yet another example of the phenomenon that has come to be known as Pallywood.

At the beginning of the video, a few kids are walking normally. Then at 0:05, one complains about his leg. A few seconds later, and the three kids are standing around, seemingly quite relaxed. Then the previously complaining kid – standing on the right – points to his right leg. At 0:14 he slides to the ground, sobbing.

Fast forward to 1:03, where the middle kid, who has been fine until now, seemingly starts to cry. Then at 1:45, the kid who complained about his leg seems to be walking normally. But at 1:48 – presto! He’s limping. Then at 1:54 he’s lying on the ground. Thirty seconds later in the ambulance, he’s getting his right arm (not leg) – seemingly fine until now – bandaged.

Notice also how the video description claims the kids were beaten, but this is never shown on the video.

Based on previous experiences with Pallywood, I strongly suspect that is what we see in the video. The kid seem fine and then seem to be hamming it up for the camera, only to forget himself when he is walking. In the ambulance, the medic, perhaps unaware of what ailment the kid was pretending to be suffering – goes for the photo opportunity and bandages his arm!

In perhaps further proof the kid is faking it, even Btselem and Electronic Intifada never claim any kids were beaten, only that they were arrested. Had the IDF really hurt this kid, they would be up in arms.

Pardon the pun.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media