Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Gazan who says was shot in Israeli sniper video denies posing threat

Gazan who says was shot in Israeli sniper video denies posing threat

The key issues are: mutual recognition, borders, security, water rights, control of Jerusalem, Israeli settlements, Palestinian freedom of movement and Palestinian right of return. A crack is heard and the man falls suddenly.

Footage has emerged that appears to show an Israeli sniper shooting a seemingly unarmed and motionless Palestinian man in the Gaza Strip, followed by exuberant whooping from an onlooker.

When he is hit they can be heard to cheer "wow, what a video", praising the shooter for hitting the Palestinian man in the head and calling him a "son of a bitch".

Israeli forces are deployed near Kibbutz Nir Oz at the Gaza-Israel border amid smoke from tires burned by Palestinians near Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip on April 6, 2018.

The European Union's High Representative Federica Mogherini called for an investigation of Israel's use of "live ammunition", said its force should be "proportionate", and urged a "full opening of the crossing points".

Furthermore, the statement said the soldier who filmed the video was being investigated for "unauthorized filming of an operational event and distribution of the filmed material".

Protesters claim that soldiers targeted press out of spite or because they wanted to deter media from covering the march, and Murtaja's employer, Ain Media, says it "will knock on all doors and will continue with legal institutions to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for this heinous crime".

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While she did choose to stand up, she refused to dance on stage in front of the packed audience, following which she was shot at. They blamed the police for arresting and torturing them instead of taking action against the accused, the Daily Times reported.

There was also this cryptic news brief from the New York Times (4/6/18): "Sporadic rifle fire from the Israeli side of the Gaza border made clear that the Palestinian protests could elicit the sort of response that killed 20 people a week ago".

But, condemnation of the video came swiftly and forcefully.

The Israeli government refuses to grant Palestinians any such the right to return, fearing that the country would lose its Jewish majority. It said it supported calls by the United Nations to conduct an investigation into the violence.

The video appears to contradict the IDF's claim that it first fires warning shots into the air then aims at protesters' legs.

The spokesman of the Ministry of Health of Gaza, Al Qedra, said that a Palestinian was slightly wounded by the explosions, being transferred to Al Shefaa hospital. She was sure that the more onion she used, the longer she could stay at a protest.

The IDF is the most moral army in the world, but there can be no doubt when you are at the front and under a lot of tension and there is a need to unwind your nerves, there are emotions and one can understand it.

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