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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Kfir Brigade Offers Water to Protesters in Umm Salamuna

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The following video is of a protest which took place yesterday in Umm Salamuna, southeast of Bethlehem in the West Bank. Every Friday afternoon, protesters gather in the town to demonstrate against the security fence, which has dramatically decreased suicide bombings and other terror attacks inside Israel for over 6 years. Protests in Umm Salamuna often turn violent, with rocks being hurled at IDF and other security forces by rioters who also damage the security fence.

In the video, the deputy battalion commander of the Kfir Brigade offers water to the protesters. The Palestinian protest leader tells his supporters, "They're bringing water! Don't drink the water!" following which a woman dumps out a cup of water offered to her by the commander.

The soldiers stood next to a pile of rocks in order to ensure that no rocks would be hurled. Later, rocks ended up being hurled at IDF soldiers by Palestinian rioters who had stuffed their pockets with rocks and ran. The IDF soldiers responded with riot dispersal means.


The Kfir Brigade (Hebrew: חֲטִיבַת כְּפִיר‎‎), also known as the 900th Brigade, is one of the youngest Infantry Corps brigade in the Israel Defense Forces. It is subordinate to the 162nd Division (Utzvat HaPlada) in the Central regional command.

The brigade is currently deployed in the West Bank where its mission includes counter-terror operations, arrests of Palestinian militants, patrols, manning checkpoints and regular security activities.

The Designated Infantry Battalions (known as the "90s Battalions") were founded in the 1990s as an accompanying force to mobile infantry. On December 6, 2005, the brigade was formally established with the 90s Battalions unified into a single, regular service brigade commanded by Colonel Eyal Nosovski.