Viral Photo Shows IDF Officer Protecting Palestinian Woman

As violent clashes again break out across Israel, IDF soldiers are being maligned in the media. But what’s the real picture?

IDF soldiers brace for more violence in Hebron
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A photo from Hebron has gone viral on social media among both pro- and anti-Israel crowds. It shows a fully-armored Israeli soldier protecting a Palestinian woman with a shield as she crosses the street.

The photo was taken amid Palestinian riots that began last week in Jerusalem and have since spread to Hebron, Gaza and other parts of the country.

It is yet another stark reminder that Israeli soldiers do not hate Palestinian Arabs, nor are they trained to do them harm. Rather, Israeli soldiers are trained to protect life from any and all who would do harm, as demonstrated by this officer.

While Israel’s supporters highlighted yet another piece of evidence regarding the true nature of Israel’s military, detractors largely ignored the goodwill on display and insisted it was Israel’s fault that the Palestinians were rioting in the first place. Some claimed that the woman was being protected by the soldier from stone-throwing Jewish settling. But the fact is that the soldiers were being targeted by Palestinian stone-throwers, and the woman was an innocent bystander.

While the Palestinians rioters apparently didn’t think much of endangering her life, the Israeli officer was determined to make sure she made it through safely.

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