Citizen Action Monitor

CNN video shows Israeli soldier gunning down Palestinian teen. US wants investigation. Harper silent

Israel tries to blame Palestinians, but video evidence is irrefutable

No 1059 Posted by fw, May 23, 2014

“The evidence, B’Tselem said, raised ‘grave suspicion’ that occupation forces ‘willfully killed two Palestinians’ and ‘injured two others’ and demanded investigation by Israel’s Military Police Investigations Unit ‘into the military’s highly incorrect version of the incident conveyed to the media.’ CNN’s footage offers further clear proof that Israeli authorities are lying.”Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada

Here is an embedded You Tube 2:25-minute video of the shooting. The damning 4:05-minute CNN video mentioned in the following Electronic Intifada story can only be viewed on CNN’s website.

A Google search for the Harper government’s reaction to the cold-blooded killings yielded no results. No surprise really. Harper was also stone cold silent on the news of Israel’s outdoor caging of Palestinian children in freezing conditions.

Turning to the Electronic Intifada account —

CNN camera catches Israeli soldier who fired at, killed Palestinian teen by Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, May 22, 2014

CNN has an important break in the story of the deadly shooting by Israeli occupation forces of two Palestinians teenagers.

As this report by Ivan Watson shows, CNN’s cameras were apparently trained on the Israeli occupation soldier who shot one of the boys. (View the video and story on CNN’s web site.)

Nadim Siam Nuwara, 17, and Muhammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu al-Thahir, 16, were killed at a Nakba Day protest near the Ofer military prison in the occupied West Bank village of Beitunia on 15 May.

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“At the precise moment when Nuwara was shot,” Watson says, “CNN’s camera was rolling, filming an Israeli soldier shooting his rifle at the Palestinians and then demonstrators carrying the mortally wounded teenager to the ambulance.”

Israel has continued to deny its occupation forces used live bullets, intimated that Palestinians might have shot the boys, and even suggested that the security camera footage capturing the boys deaths had been faked.

As Watson’s report also shows, Nuwara’s family recovered the live bullet from inside the back pack Nadim was wearing when he was shot. The bullet had passed through his body into the bag, spattering his school books with blood.

Palestine Center director and commentator Yousef Munayyer observes:

At 1:59 of video, seems one Israel soldier realizes something is wrong, after shot fired, takes rifle from shooter  http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/05/22/pkg-watson-4a-west-bank-teens-shot.cnn.html

In addition to the two teens who were killed about an hour apart, two more Palestinians, one aged 15 and one in his twenties, were injured by live fire at the same location that day.

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has said it has “obtained medical opinions regarding the entry and exit wounds found in the bodies of all four victims, which are completely consistent with injuries caused by live fire and could not have been caused by rubber-coated metal bullets – especially not when fired at a relatively long range, as was the case here.”

The evidence, B’Tselem said, raised “grave suspicion” that occupation forces “willfully killed two Palestinians” and “injured two others” and demanded investigation by Israel’s Military Police Investigations Unit “into the military’s highly incorrect version of the incident conveyed to the media.”

CNN’s footage offers further clear proof that Israeli authorities are lying.

Ultimately, the type of weapon the Israelis used is irrelevant. The fact is that day after day, year after year, Israel uses all manner of weapons to occupy and suppress millions of Palestinians with the result that thousands are dead including, just since the year 2000, more than 1,400 Palestinian children.

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