Palestinian resident of Bil’in killed during weekly nonviolent protest against the Wall

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400_0___10000000_0_0_0_0_0_local_youth_rushing_bassem_abu_rahmah_to_the_ambulance_after_soldiers_shot_him_on_friday__photo_by_imemcs_haytham_al_khateeb Today, the Israeli military shot and killed Bassem Ibrahim Abu Rahmah, 30, during the weekly nonviolent protest against the Wall in the West Bank village of Bil'in. The photo to the right, from the International Middle East Media Center, is of Abu Rahmah being rushed to the ambulance after being shot in the chest with a tear-gas grenade. The ISM is reporting that Abu Rahmeh was killed by the same type of projectile that critically injured Tristan Anderson.

Ynet just posted a story about the killing that includes a shocking Reuters video of Abu Rahmah being shot. In the article Israeli activists say that the Israeli military has been using increasingly more force against the nonviolent protests. Roni Barkan, a member of the Anarchists Against the Wall says, "it seems that since Operation Cast Lead IDF

soldiers and commanders have been conducting themselves in an even less
moral and humane manner; they are firing at anything that moves."

The ISM notes that Abu Rahmeh is the 18th Palestinian killed by the Israel military while protesting the Wall. Here is a list. Although such a needless death is a tragedy at any age, please note how young some of those killed have been:

February 26th, 2004:
Muhammad Fadel Hashem Rian, age 25 and Zakaria Mahmoud ‘Eid Salem, age 28
Shot dead during a demonstration against the wall in Biddu.

February 26th, 2004:
Abdal Rahman Abu ‘Eid, age 17
Died of a heart attack after teargas projectiles were shot into his home during a demonstration against the wall in Biddu.

February 26th, 2004:
Muhammad Da’ud Saleh Badwan, age 21
Shot during a demonstration against the wall in Biddu. Muhammad died of his wounds on March 3rd 2004.

April 16th, 2004:
Hussein Mahmoud ‘Awad ‘Alian, age 17
Shot dead during a demonstration against the wall in Betunya.

April 18th, 2004:
Diaa’ A-Din ‘Abd al-Karim Ibrahim Abu ‘Eid, age 23
Shot dead during a demonstration against the wall in Biddu.

April 18th, 2004:
Islam Hashem Rizik Zhahran, age 14
Shot during a demonstration against the wall in Deir Abu Mash’al. Islam died of his wounds April 28th.

February 15th, 2005:
‘Alaa’ Muhammad ‘Abd a-Rahman Khalil, age 14
Shot dead while throwing stones at an Israeli vehicle driven by private security guards near the wall in Betunya.

May 4th, 2005:
Jamal Jaber Ibrahim ‘Asi, age 15 and U’dai Mufid Mahmoud ‘Asi, age 14
Shot dead during a demonstration against the wall in Beit Liqya.

February 2nd, 2007:
Taha Muhammad Subhi al-Quljawi, age 16
Shot dead when he and two friends tried to cut the razor wire portion
of the wall in the Qalandiya Refugee Camp. He was wounded in the thigh
and died from loss of blood after remaining a long time in the field
without being treated.

March 28th, 2007:
Muhammad Elias Mahmoud ‘Aweideh, age 15
Shot dead during a demonstration against the wall in Um a-Sharayet – Samiramis.

March 2nd, 2008:
Mahmoud Muhammad Ahmad Masalmeh, age 15
Shot when trying to cut the razor wire portion of the wall in Beit Awwa.

July 29th, 2008:
Ahmed Husan Youssef Mousa, age 10
Killed while he and several friends tried to remove coils of razor wire from land belonging to the village.

July 30th, 2008:
Youssef Ahmed Younes Amirah, age 17
Shot in the head with rubber coated bullets during a demonstration
against the wall in Ni’lin. Youssef died of his wounds August 4th 2008.

December 28th, 2009:
Arafat Khawaja, age 22
Shot in the back with live ammunition in Ni’lin during a demonstration against Israel’s assault on Gaza.

December 28th, 2009:
Mohammad Khawaja, age 20:
Shot in the head with live ammunition during a demonstration in Ni’lin
against Israel’s assault on Gaza. Mohammad died in the hospital on
December 31st 2009.

25 Responses

  1. Eva Smagacz
    April 17, 2009, 2:38 pm

    Palestinian breathing is a terrorist attack on Jewish air.

  2. ba
    April 17, 2009, 2:38 pm

    from here — link to

    pretty much sums up Horowitz.

    Some of the most serious criticisms of Israel and Zionism come from Jews themselves. How do you interpret this response?

    Well, sometimes the criticisms are rightly made. But, yes, a very curious phenomenon does pop up now and then. An old phenomenon. Back in the time of the European ghettos, most of the Jews were stuck behind the walls, and were despised for being there. But some of the Jews got out, and they did their best to blend into the majority population, and they even did their best to highlight the difference between themselves and their despised ghetto brethren. I happen just now to be reading Bernard Lewis on Lessing, the German writer.

    I quote Bernard Lewis: "Lessing, perhaps the greatest of European philosemites, subtly realizes this attitude. In one of his plays, a vulgar and loud-mouthed antisemitic servant, suddenly discovering that his revered master is a Jew, tries to atone for his previously hostile remarks by observing in defense of the Jews that 'there are Jews who are not at all Jewish.' Some Jews responded to this kind of defense and implied invitation with eager enthusiasm, others with outrage. Both kinds of responses can still be found among Jews in the present day."

    Lessing lived in the 18th century, and Lewis wrote the lines I've just quoted in the 1980s, in his book Semites & Anti-Semites. But it's really about our own moment, isn't it? There do seem to be a fair number of Jews who are tremendously eager to show how innocent they are – unlike the other Jews, the guilty ones.

  3. contrarian
    April 17, 2009, 2:53 pm

    What a curious reply, ba, to the murder of 18 innocent Palestinians, some of them teenagers, who were peacefully potesting the fact they are forced to live, as you write of your Jewish forebears, "behind the walls."

  4. tommy
    April 17, 2009, 3:01 pm

    Someone might argue that since the above listed human beings killed or maimed were not citizens of a sovereign state, that these crimes are not as serious as when other human beings who are citizens of a sovereign state are attacked. Being a member of a sovereign state, however, not only provides privileges, such as protection by a national military, but also liabilities. When a sovereign state commits crimes, like Nazi Germany did or like when the US invaded Iraq, then all of its citizens are collectively guilty for the illegal actions of their state, and should be held accountable. Palestinians are often collectively held accountable for the actions of non-state actors, even if those non-state actors claim to be acting on behalf of the nation, but Palestinians have no sovereign state, and so should not be held liable for crimes non-state actors commit. What turns this sovereign state logic upside down is force. Whomever prevails with force, also determines who receives the punishment, even if the punished are innocent of any involvement with the crimes and have no sovereign relationship with the perpetrators. Sovereign rights are used to inflate privileges that have no justification in the Twenty-first Century world, yet force still prevails, which is why the US should stop collecting guilt for arming Israel.

  5. contrarian
    April 17, 2009, 3:06 pm

    I have no idea what you're saying, Tommy, and I'm not sure you do either. This post is about 18 innocent Palestinians who were killed while staging a peaceful protest. I don't think terms like "sovereign state" and "non-state actors" really matter, here. They were killed and they shouldn't have been, and the government of Israel is responsible. Period.

  6. Chris Berel
    April 17, 2009, 4:11 pm

    Cutting through a barbed wire wall does not appear to be the act of an innocent person staging a peaceful protest. Perhaps they should have electrified the wire, then it would be a darwinian accidental suicide like Corrie's.

  7. Shirley Ness
    April 17, 2009, 4:39 pm

    Atta boy, Chris, you spunky little guy. They should've taken blankets away from babies too since
    those arab blankets don't belong on God's land.

  8. syvanen
    April 17, 2009, 4:39 pm

    It has been said before, but the Israelis know as well as we that nonviolence is a tactic that they cannot defeat. Therefore it is in their interest to turn every act of protest into violence and hope to provoke a violent response. And then to define the nonviolent act as one of violence. Chris illustrates this point very clearly — if the Palestinians try to cut their way out of their enclosure then this becomes as act of violence against barbed wire. He is a good guide into the Israeli soul.

  9. contrarian
    April 17, 2009, 4:42 pm

    Yes, Chris, and like those Palestinians who cut through a fense, Rosa Parks was also breaking the law when she sat in the whites-only section of a bus in an act of protest. Maybe she should have been murdered too.

  10. DICKERSON3870
    April 17, 2009, 4:42 pm

    RE: "Palestinian resident of Bil'in killed during weekly nonviolent protest against the Wall"

    MY COMMENT: Take a bow Mr. MortIMER Zuckerman!

    See this piece of propaganda that Mort Zuckerman published on the supine
    Huffington Post – link to

  11. rykart
    April 17, 2009, 4:51 pm


    Of course Rosa Parks should have been murdered.

    She's wasn't Jewish!

  12. LD
    April 17, 2009, 5:20 pm

    Phil, answer me.

    Why is it that you make a post defending Richard Witty's apologetics but excuse Chris Berel/SoG/Euro/Julian/etc.?

    I mean, do you even read what people here say?

    Are you concerned only with manners or actual content?

    Someone can be a polite and subtle fascist you know – ex: Witty.

    Someone can be a flamboyant fascist – Berel/Julian/Thom/etc.

    Seriously, read what these fucking Nazis say and just TRY to tell me the people bashing Witty are worse.

    Do you even read what we say? This is disgusting. You're letting this blog turn into the comment section on Haaretz and Ynet and Jpost.

    Read the comments left in the article on Ynet.

    Israelis are fucking Nazis. No, they are WORSE.

  13. Saleema
    April 17, 2009, 5:44 pm


    People bashing Witty are not worse-I agree with their opinions more often than Witty's, of course, but certain language used in that bashing is over the top.

  14. rykart
    April 17, 2009, 7:47 pm

    My last reply to Witty concerning Hamas was removed by Weiss.

    As always, no reason provided.

  15. syvanen
    April 17, 2009, 8:19 pm

    LD calm down. Chris's outrageous claim that the Palestinians are guilty of committing violence against the barb wire enclosures is the kind of comments we want to hear from the zionists. Because it is true to their thinking. So often real zionists intentions are hidden behind layers of lies, obfuscations, dissemblings, (oh you know, the kind of stuff from Witty).

    Chris speaks a truth that we should understand since it represents the reality of what we are struggling against.

    It is why Palestinians will have extreme difficulty using non-violence — if there acts are not reported outside of Palestine, it will have no impact.

  16. edwin
    April 17, 2009, 10:14 pm

    The legality of the barbed wire does not matter. What matters is that it is Jewish barbed wire. Hurting that barbed wire hinders the Jewish state. The Jewish state, by definition, is always in the right.

    Arab (Palestinian) barbed wire is a crime because it hinders the Jewish state.

    All protests are threats to the Jewish state. The Jewish state is of the utmost and central to the lives of all Jews except for those who are traitors to their own people.

    The Jewish state is more important than the lives of individual Jews and certainly more important than any one else. That goes 10X for Arabs.

    Anyone who does not bow down to the Jewish state (and that goes double for non Jews) is preparing the box cars and gas chambers. Everything Jews do is in self defence to a world that wants to kill all Jews.

    The role of all Jews outside of Israel is to shut up and send money.

    Zionist argument is not hard to follow.

  17. cha
    April 17, 2009, 11:19 pm

    LD wrote: "Are you concerned only with manners or actual content?"

    The host's job is to (try) to maintain an atmosphere of good manners. It's not his job to restrict the content of what gets said.

    You, by the way, are not helping the atmosphere. (Don't feed the trolls.)

  18. Margaret
    April 18, 2009, 12:06 am

    ba, it seems you think of people as being Jews, apart and separate from others. Many of the people who comment here consider themselves Americans first, a perspective you may have difficulty in understanding, and thus attempt to box into more simplistic categories. Good luck!

    Chris, I don't support capital punishment for cutting barbed wire. Would it do any good to suggest that those who support Israel read about the history of Texas? Or is your reference such a limited effort that there is no point?

  19. Eva Smagacz
    April 18, 2009, 4:31 am

    I think the idea of electrifying the barbed wire fences around the Bilin and other villages has sound historic precedences.

    Here is a sculpture by the Nandor Glid relating to another electrified fence:

  20. Chris Berel
    April 18, 2009, 8:07 am

    Wonderful comments. It exposes the immorality of the palestinian side of the issue. No wonder most american's consider Phil's Phools to be a supreme example of "Lunatics in motion."

  21. Izzy W
    April 18, 2009, 9:04 am

    More dribble from the leader of Chris's Stools.

  22. Eva Smagacz
    April 18, 2009, 12:00 pm

    This is picture by Damiano Gravili of this electric fence sculpture by Nandor Glid.

  23. Chris Berel
    April 18, 2009, 4:14 pm

    Notice how none of those in the sculpture were trying to kill Jews.

  24. Citizen
    April 19, 2009, 12:47 pm

    Sure did. Why do you so accuse?

  25. AmericaFirst
    May 22, 2009, 9:11 pm

    At last. You never hear about zionist complicity in the Armenian persecution and genocide. Thanks for acknowledging it.

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