Muhammad Abu Hashem, 17, was sleeping in a sleeveless undershirt when the Israeli soldiers stormed into his home here at 4 a.m. on the second Monday in July.
It was Muhammad’s fourth arrest in three years for throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and settlers. His five brothers – three older and two younger – have all faced similar charges. Last year, three Abu Hashem boys, and their father, were in prison at the same time.
“Children have hobbies, and my hobby is throwing stones,” Muhammad explained weeks before his most recent arrest. “A day with a confrontation is better than a free day.”
As Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed peace talks last week in Washington, the stone throwers of Beit Ommar are a reminder of the abiding tensions that animate relations between the two peoples that would populate the imagined two states living side by side.
Youths hurling stones has long been the indelible icon – some call it a caricature – of Palestinian pushback against Israel.
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