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Viral: Booby-Trap Palestinian Flag Explodes, Injures Israeli Man Who Tried Uprooting It

April 22, 2024

An Israeli settler living in the Israeli-held West Bank received minor injuries after kicking a waving Palestinian flag which was fitted with an improvised explosive device (IED). The incident occurred on Sunday morning.

The man was identified as Israeli Defence Force (IDF) reservist 28-year-old Israeli Levi. Following the blast, he was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek hospital.

“It was a serious bomb, but luckily I gave it a kick and the explosion happened to the side, and not on me. I am not afraid of anything. We will bust up everyone who did this,” Levi was quoted as saying by Ynet.

The incident occurred near the West Bank settlement of Kohav HaShahar along Route 458 when it exploded.

The video of the incident went viral on social media leaving netizens divided as some worried about the condition of the man and others questioning his decision to walk all the way from his car to kick a flag lying offroad while tensions between Israelis and Palestinians remain high in West Bank due to the longstanding issues between Israeli settlers and Palestinian villagers as well as the ongoing Gaza war.

The IDF said troops have been dispatched to the area to find who the perpetrators were.

The incident also goes on to show that tensions between Israeli and Palestinians remain high in West Bank, captured by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War and has been a focal point of contention ever since.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank are considered illegal because they violate the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the transfer of civilian populations into occupied territories.

Issues between Palestinians and Israeli settlers have also become a major cause for headache for Israel’s ironclad ally, the United States.

The US is planning sanctions on IDF’s ultra-orthodox battalion Netzah Yehuda as well as other units for human rights violations.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by The Kashmir Monitor staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)


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