RAMALLAH, August 5 (JMCC) - Caught on video forced to witness the arrest of his father by Israeli soldiers, four-year-old Khaled al-Jabari has become a symbol of Palestinian sorrow and steadfastness.Images broadcast
on most major television channels show the small boy grabbing for his father, Fadel, as soldiers bundle a man into the back of a military jeep. Crying out, I want my father, Khaled is finally pulled away from the crowd by a soldier before the jeep departs.
Family members say Khaled has turned sullen since the Tuesday arrest, sitting by himself, or throwing rocks in the direction of the nearby settlement Kiryat Arba.
Neither I nor my daughter have slept well since the arrest, says Khaled's 63-year-old grandfather, Badran Jaber. He is always waking up in the middle of the night, insisting that we go and find his father and get him out of prison.
Jaber said he tried to take Khaled for a drive to calm him, but this little man didn't cry, he just kept yelling that he wanted his father out of prison.
The arrest of Palestinians by the Israeli military is commonplace in the occupied West Bank -- as many as 9,000 detainees languish in Israeli prisons.
Khaled's village Bahje, home to about 1,000 in the district of Hebron, has seen the demolition of 16 homes for being built without permission. Numerous other homes and wells have been issued with demolition orders.
This is a important bread basket and agricultural area of about 600 acres, says Jaber. He said that Tuesday's arrests were made suddenly, as the nearly 300 soldiers descended upon the village to uproot its irrigation systems.Watch
the video of Khaled...