With an Israeli Soldier's Knee on His Neck, This 61-year-old Palestinian Remembered George Floyd

'You want to breathe and you can’t. For a few seconds I couldn’t breathe at all,' says Khairi Hanoun, a veteran anti-occupation protester who was beaten and choked by an Israeli soldier at a demonstration

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Khairi Hanoun reenacts the violent incident, at his home this week.
Khairi Hanoun reenacts the violent incident, at his home this week.Credit: Alex Levac
Gideon Levy
Alex Levac

You need to see both clips. They leave no room for doubt: An Israel Defense Forces officer brutally assaults an elderly demonstrator who is walking with a cane and carrying a Palestine flag. The officer hurls the man to the ground and hits him. The demonstrator’s keffiyeh falls off, his head is exposed – and then the officer pushes his knee down on the man’s neck and begins to suffocate him, in what appears like a replay of the image of the suffocation of George Floyd.

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