On July 2, 2010, in Hebron, a female Israeli settler, Yitaf Alkobi, slapped a soldier, and no one in Israel gave it any importance. The woman was held, questioned and then set free to go home, even though Alkobi was well-known to the military and the police, having been reported several times for her aggressive behavior and for throwing stones.
No Israeli Minister came out to ask for her to be made an example of, as it happened in the case of Ahed Tamimi, the 16-year-old Palestinian girl from Nabi Saleh who was arrested a month ago after slapping two Israeli soldiers outside her home. No Israeli columnist entered the fray back then to defend the honor of the armed forces, tarnished at the hands of Yitaf Alkobi as she struck a soldier in the face—like the well-known Ben Caspit did in Tamimi’s case. Everyone was as understanding then about Alkobi’s slaps as they are determined now to punish the Palestinian teenager.
They are not willing to consider extenuating circumstances: Right before attacking the soldiers, Tamimi had seen her 14-year-old cousin Mohammed falling to the ground, severely wounded in the head by a bullet fired by the Israeli army.