Palestinian Kids Run to IDF Soldiers For Help Nati Shohat/Flash90

Palestinian Kids Run to IDF Soldiers For Help

There’s a prevailing misconception that Israeli soldiers are blood-thirsty monsters who, given the opportunity, would mercilessly slaughter every Arab child with whom they came into contact.

It’s a lie perpetuated locally by the Palestinian education system and official Palestinian Authority television, as well as abroad by the mainstream international media.   And yet, time and again, we see Palestinian Arab children engaging Israeli soldiers in ways that would suggest these kids aren’t frightened of our troops. They’ll rarely, if ever, admit as much. The aforementioned narrative of Israeli soldiers as child-killers is too useful to the Palestinian cause. But the reality on the ground is quite different.   Otherwise, how can one explain Palestinian children slapping Israeli soldiers in the face, or hurling stones at approaching…