UPDATE: The parents of a child attacked in Hevron are demanding that the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) organization pay their family 75,000 NIS ($20,573) in compensation. INN
Swiss Guard Slaps Minor Jewish Child in Hevron
Following release of footage showing member of European TIPH Hevron monitor group slapping Jewish child, Swiss ambassador issues apology. arutzsheva
On Wednesday, members of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron – a group of European civilian observers who have operated in Hevron since 1994 – took part in a tour of the city organized by the radical left-wing Breaking the Silence organization.
During the tour, TIPH observers entered the Jewish neighborhood of Tel Rumeida – in violation of their mandate – sparking a confrontation with local residents.
At one point, a member of the TIPH force – a Swiss national – slapped a 10-year-old boy from the Jewish community in Hevron.
UPDATE: Update: The 10-year-old boy is the brother of Shalhevet Pass. Shalhevet Pas was the infant girl who was murdered by an Arab sniper in Hebron, in 2001. SEE VIDEO HERE
Swiss Ambassador to Israel, Jean-Daniel Ruch: "Though this was no doubt preceded by some provocation on the side of the settlers – the action of this TIPH member is totally unacceptable. It is expected from our TIPH members that they keep their nerves in any circumstance.”
What could a minor have possibly said to enrage and deserve a slap from a "trespassing foreigner”? That ambassador should apologize personally to that 10 year old child! AND . . . they were citizens of Israel and not “settlers”.
Why was “Breaking the Silence” allowed into Hevron, with Swiss guards?
Israeli Border Guard Saves Life of Chevron Arab Infant
Border Guards stationed in Chevron overnight Sunday saved the life of an Arab infant. The incident occurred near the station in the area of Me’aras Hamachpelah. Screams could be heard from one of the homes. The Israeli Guards followed the cries and arrived at the house where they discovered a 9 month old boy was was not breathing. One of the guards administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The unit’s medic arrived a few minutes latter with a defibrillator. Lifesaving efforts continued for long minutes until the infant began breathing; he was taken to a nearby clinic for treatment.
Why does this matter? Dafka because it shows the difference between the Swiss Guard and the trained Israeli Guard.
“despite the complicated nature of the incident … the difficult area … they act primarily to preserve safety, security and the lives of ALL resident, regardless of religion, race or gender. . . These are the values with which Israeli forces are trained."
This report from Hamodia weekend edition (Israel)