A troubling video posted to YouTube this week showed a 10-year-old Palestinian Arab girl trying to provoke a violent response from an Israeli soldier, all while her own mother held the video camera.
The girl is seen verbally abusing the soldier, threatening to hit and spitting on him.
Aware that he is being set up, the soldier remains calm and does not provide the reaction hoped for by the girl, her mother or the press photographers who had somehow known just when and where to come for their next prize-winning shot.
Nor do the others soldiers present when the girl returns with several of her young friends.
The scene took place in the Palestinian Arab town of Nabi Saleh in the so-called "West Bank." Sadly, it is not an unheard of scenario. Such provocations take place on a regular basis, as local children are trained from the youngest ages to hate and seek violent confrontation with Israelis.
Israel's Ynet news portal cited intelligence sources who said many times the children involved in the provocations are paid to do so by Palestinian or foreign activists, or even by media figures hoping to create the next day's headlines.
Watch the video: