March 31, 2018


Videos of Palestinians shot walking, running and praying appear on social media, but US cables keep mum

By Philip Weiss 

There was growing proof on social media over night that the Israeli shootings of Palestinians at the Gaza border yesterday were arbitrary and criminal. Here is a video of a Palestinian shot while walking, evidently toward the fence. Here is another video that appears to show two Palestinian youths being shot, while running holding a tire– and video of the same incident from a different angle.

Haaretz reports that one of the two was shot in the back and killed: Abed el-Fatah Abed e-Nabi, 18.

While the BBC supplies a terrifying statistic: “Palestinian health officials said at least 400 people had been wounded by live ammunition.”

Jim Zogby of the Arab American Institute links video of a Palestinian boy shot while he is praying, evidently at the border. Jacob Magid of the Times of Israel posts the same videoand says mordantly, “The IDF’s gonna have a hard time saying this guy fell off his bike…”

Yousef Munayyer of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights observes:

More videos of Palestinians in Gaza being shot by Israeli snipers while posing no threat. Here they were running away. The Israelis were so far away you can’t even see them hiding behind their sniper scopes.

Munayyer asks if there has been any cable coverage of this at all? Scott Roth says“Won’t find anything on cable, and it’s a scandal.”

The most progressive MSNBC host, Chris Hayes, gave this lineup from last night: Texas woman gets 5 years for voting illegally; John Podesta on Scott Pruitt and the Trump swamp; Trump’s cabinet keeps on filling the swamp; Trump has managed to reinvent the concept of a wall. Well, it must have been a big news day…

Last night PBS News Hour said the “protesters confronted Israeli troops,” and featured a report from Nidal al Mughrabi, a Reuters correspondent in Gaza City, who appeared to blame protesters. “According to the organizers, people should have stayed 700 meters away from the border, but many, many, many of the protesters have ignored the calls of organizers to stay that far. People throw stones. The Israeli responded by tear gas, live fire and rubber bullets, as well as casualties started to fall.” (Though he did relate Palestinian frustrations: “Frustrated at the lack of any horizon. It has made no difference to them whether they live or die.”)

Christians United for Israel linked Israeli army video seeking to justify the shootings: “Our soldiers precisely targeted the specific terrorists that attempted to carry out these acts of terror, some of them known terrorists to our security forces.” (See if you can use the word terror three times in one sentence.)

Bernie Sanders has condemned the killings, in a tweet this afternoon.

The killing of Palestinian demonstrators by Israeli forces in Gaza is tragic. It is the right of all people to protest for a better future without a violent response.

The State Department is misrepresenting Palestinian actions, and U.S. ones too.

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