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Israel jails father of child filmed protesting arrest

Aug. 18, 2010 9:23 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 19, 2010 10:20 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The father of a recently spotlighted child who was filmed begging Israeli forces to release his dad from detention has been sentenced to three months in prison plus a fine, relatives said Wednesday.

Footage of Fadil Al-Jabari's four-year-old son Khalid sobbing at the sight of his father being dragged away sparked outrage. "You dog, give me my dad. I want daddy. I want daddy. Give me my dad," Khalid cried.

Fadil was charged with obstructing an arrest and striking an officer, both charges that he denied. Khalid's uncle was sentenced along with his father, also for three months, family members told Ma'an.

According to his grandmother, Khalid still asks when his father is coming home and has become agitated, fighting with his younger sister.

According to witnesses, the arrest came as Israel's Civil Administration began destroying what it described as an illegal water irrigation network in the Al-Baq'a village east of Hebron. Family members said they saw bulldozers overturning land.

Israeli officials say they did not destroy land. A spokesman for Israel's Civil Administration said inspectors destroyed pipes that were illegally set up and stealing water from other sources. The Civil Administration said the child was coached for the cameras.
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