A video published on social media Saturday shows several Palestinian women attacking an IDF officer for arresting a 14-year-old boy in Kafr Qaddum, a Palestinian town in the northern West Bank.
The women attacked the officer in order to prevent the arrest of the minor. According to the footage, the officer, a lieutenant in the Paratroopers Brigade, reacted in a calm and controlled manner.
Every weekend, Palestinians in Kafr Qaddum protest the construction of a controversial road in their town. Generally, these demonstrations go on without incident.
The boy who was arrested belongs to the Shatiwi clan, which is responsible for organizing these demonstrations. He was arrested for hurling rocks at soldiers from inside a building located on the outskirts of town.
The IDF backed the officer, saying he had acted properly in order to complete his mission and prevent the influx of violent protesters and rioters to nearby Israeli settlements.
"On Saturday noon, a violent riot broke out in Kafr Qaddum during which some 50 Palestinians burned tires and hurled rocks at IDF soldiers, who responded with crowd dispersal measures in order to prevent the demonstration from spreading into neighboring Israeli settlements", the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in a statement.
"During the arrest of a Palestinian minor who was hurling rocks at IDF soldiers, a number of Palestinians gathered round in protest. The soldiers completed their mission, arrested the offenders and left the village without causing damage or injuries," the statement said.