‘They Stepped on Me’: Palestinian Teen in Viral Photo Released on Bail

The Palestinian child was released on bail but will have to appear before the military court in 10 days over stone throwing charges. An Israeli court released on bail Palestinian teen Fawzi Junaidi, whose photo blindfolded and handcuffed as more than 20 Israeli soldiers arrested him went viral few weeks ago during protests over the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Middle East Eye website reported. The 16-year-old had been in detention for 20 days before the judge allowed his release for a bail payment of US$3,000. However, he would have to appear before the court on Jan. 7 over “stone-throwing” charges. Junaidi, a minor and a civilian, is being tried in an Israeli military court.
According to MEE, the Palestinian teen told his lawyer, Farah Bayadsi from Defence for Children International, a non-profit organization that advocates for children rights, that he was running away from Israeli tear gas in a street in Hebron city to his aunt’s house, when Israeli soldiers hiding between buildings arrested him.
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