Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Perfect Day for Bananafish




Friday the IDF shot and killed a Palestinian demonstrator at the weekly anti wall demonstration at Bil'in. (They had critically wounded an American solidarity protester at the same spot a month earlier. He is still in hospital with severe brain injuries.) In both cases the IDF spokesperson said the demonstrators where violent and where attempting to tear down the fence. In both cases the demonstrators say that is a lie.

But this Friday's killing was caught on video. Watch and judge for yourself if the demonstrators where violent or where trying to tear down the fence. (Warning: if you've never witnessed someone casually shot to death, this may be disturbing.)

For those of you who don't understand Hebrew, I will only say that after the shooting the demonstrators call to the Israeli soldiers, saying someone has been shot and seriously wounded and to send over their medic. The soldiers don't. They continue firing tear gas.

When the IDF spokespersons say that all the charges of brutality in Gaza are false or exaggerated, remember this video, and their statements in this case.

For more background on this story see here, here and here.

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