Wed Sep 2, 2015 1:55AM
An Israeli soldier beating 12-year-old Mohamed al-Tamimi with a broken arm in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah on  August 28, 2015 (AFP)
An Israeli soldier beating 12-year-old Mohamed al-Tamimi with a broken arm in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah on August 28, 2015 (AFP)

Israeli forces have arrested the parents of 12-year-old Mohamed al-Tamimi, who was rescued by his family after being beaten by an Israeli soldier last week.

“The Israeli army arrested Basil and his wife, Nariman, as they tried to cross an army checkpoint at the entrance of Nabi Saleh village north of Ramallah,” Bassam al-Tamimi, a Palestinian activist, told Turkey's official Anadolu Agency on Tuesday. 

On Friday, during a peaceful anti-occupation demonstration held by a group of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah, Israeli armed forces attacked the protesters and arrested some of them.

One of the regime’s soldiers cornered the Palestinian boy, placed him in a headlock, beat him brutally and held him at gunpoint despite his broken arm, trying to arrest him. His unarmed family, including his mother and sister, surrounded the soldier to help Mohamed and finally managed to free him.

Palestinian women try to prevent an Israeli soldier from arresting 12-year-old Mohamed al-Tamimi with a broken arm during an anti-settlement demo in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah, August 28, 2015. (AFP)

Since the beginning of 2011, Tel Aviv’s destruction of Palestinian homes has left more than 4,600 Palestinians homeless.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

Much of the international community regards the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were occupied by Israel in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.