Hebron teen was killed by Israelis minutes after buying cake for his 17th birthday — PCHR

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Today B’tselem posted the above video of Mohammed Salayme moments after he was killed by an Israeli border police officer on Wednesday, December 11. Salayme is not visible in most of the footage. Rather, he appears to be surrounded by soldiers who leave him on the ground without medical attention, as they focus on shooing away a crowd of Palestinians. 

Update from Ahmed Moor: “The man at the end of the video, Abu Awad, is the dead teen’s father. He’s saying ‘this is my son’ while the other guys are trying to get him to stand away from the soldiers.”

Meanwhile, a human rights group’s investigation of the shooting has cast more doubt on the Israeli story that Salayme was brandishing a plastic toy gun when he was killed. This report comes a day after the family of Salayme strongly denied to the press that the 17-year-old had a plastic gun, as we highlighted yesterday. Here’s the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights on the killing:

In an example of excessive use of lethal force, Israeli Occupation Forces positioned in the centre of the Old City of Hebron killed a 17-year-old Palestinian child, Mohammed Ziad Awad al-Salayma, on Wednesday, 12 December 2012. He was killed when an Israeli female soldier from the Border Guard Forces opened fire at him and killed him. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns this crime and believes that it form part of an escalation of Israeli hostilities in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to take practical actions to ensure Israel’s respect for the Convention in the oPt and offer immediate protection to Palestinian civilians.

According to the findings of investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 18:30 on Wednesday, 12 December 2012, Mohammed Ziad Awad al-Salayma, 17, was on his way home after buying a cake to celebrate his birthday, which was on the same day. When he arrived at an Israeli checkpoint that is established at the entrance of al-Masharqa neighborhood, Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint were detaining a child, who had a plastic pistol. Once al-Salayma reached the checkpoint, an Israeli female soldier fired at him from a close range; as a result, he was hit by three bullets that penetrated his body and killed him immediately. Israeli forces kept his body for over two hours before delivering him to an ambulance belonging to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS). As a precondition for the release of his body, Israeli forces prohibited the burial of al-Salayma in a cemetery close to the limitation zone in al-Sheikh area in the centre of the Old City.

Note: In our report yesterday we passed on the report that Mohammed Salayma was on his way to buying the cake.

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  1. Avi_G.
    December 14, 2012, 12:14 pm

    So it’s clear now what happened; a Palestinian kid with a plastic gun was being held by the Israeli thugs.

    When Mr. Salayme showed up at the checkpoint, the thugs murdered him and conveniently planted the toy gun from the other kid on Muhammad Salayme.

    I love it how even Ha’aretz diligently printed the lies of Israeli authorities as though they were Torah from the Sinai.

  2. Annie Robbins
    December 14, 2012, 12:38 pm

    Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint were detaining a child, who had a plastic pistol. Once al-Salayma reached the checkpoint, an Israeli female soldier fired at him from a close range;

    what a tragedy. another horrific tragedy. they lied. again.

    Israeli forces kept his body for over two hours before delivering him to an ambulance belonging to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS).

    so it was true. i read that and couldn’t confirm it. i wonder how long he lived after he was shot.

    • Abierno
      December 14, 2012, 3:52 pm

      All Voices, 12.13.12 reports that a Palestinian bystander reported that the
      soldiers were “madly laughing” at Mohammed as he was shot. If this is accurate,
      then the need to clear the area of observers who saw the event as well as to wipe
      the many video cams would be obvious. As a deaf or hard of hearing individual,
      he falls in a protected class – again not an area of concern for the IOF or IDF.
      Hopefully, an NGO review of the situation can reveal whether the boy was provoked into an impulsive response, thereby allowing the brave, female officer
      to shoot him six times, all hitting the front of his body.

    • Basilio
      December 16, 2012, 9:42 pm

      It kind of seems strange that an Israeli soldier would just randomly open fire on the 17 year old after a boy had a plastic toy. Perhaps, the 17 year old was trying to help the young boy who was being detained and was shot. We don’t seem to get proper answers. What was the 17 year old doing when he was shot? It’s clear Israel is lying about something because it makes no sense to point a toy gun at soldiers, but many Israelis sometimes think Palestinians are stupid animals, and he was a stupid animal who got himself killed.

  3. Woody Tanaka
    December 14, 2012, 1:05 pm

    “As a precondition for the release of his body, Israeli forces prohibited the burial of al-Salayma in a cemetery close to the limitation zone in al-Sheikh area in the centre of the Old City.”

    Damn. That’s pretty evil: holding a dead body hostage. Is there no depths of depravity that these criminals won’t do to these poor innocent Palestinians? Sickening filth.

  4. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    December 14, 2012, 1:43 pm

    ” Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint were detaining a child, who had a plastic pistol. ”

    WTF??? Detaining a child for having a plastic pistol? And then planting it on a murdered teenager? And holding his body? And then dictating where he be buried?

    Just when you think you can no longer be sickened by Israel’s behaviour, they go and surprise you.

    • Basilio
      December 16, 2012, 10:01 pm

      The comments that the 17 year old didn’t have a plastic gun might make sense since he was 17 years old. I once spent a summer in Palestine visiting relatives, and I had a cap gun, but I was like 12 years old. Palestinian kids, at age 17, wouldn’t tend to have plastic guns when they’re almost adults. He was still kind of a kid, but not that young. The Israeli story makes no sense.

  5. tear-stained uzi
    December 14, 2012, 2:37 pm

    Now we know the truth: the Arab terrorist operative was carrying a deadly explosive device, cunningly disguised as a festive ‘cake’ in order to play on the overdeveloped sense of compassion which is a universal trait of the benevolent Israeli Border Guards. Fortunately, this brave daughter of Judea saw through the ruse, and quickly and humanely neutralized the target, saving the lives of her comrades. Thus, yet another almost-Holocaust was averted.

    (Can you tell that I’m angling for Avital Leibobitch’s job?)

    BTW, this poor kid must’ve been some kind of ninja assassin to have “pounced” on a heavily armed soldier whilst simultaneously tucking a large cake under one arm, choking said soldier with his other arm, and holding a fake plastic-but-actually-kinda-totally-metal-and-real-looking gun to the soldier’s head with his, um, third arm?

    • foresomenteneikona
      December 14, 2012, 7:58 pm

      Great question.

    • piotr
      December 16, 2012, 10:50 pm

      I think that he was on the way to buy the cake. But indeed, IDF is not the greatest force in martial arts department. Elite commandoes got beaten up, rather innocently looking bicyclists manage to break finger of a senior unit commander, and a checkpoint soldier is thrown on the ground. Abilities to operate electronic equipment are also weak, cameras always malfunction.

      To give some perspective, South Koreans detained a Chinese fishing boat for illegal fishing in their water. Feisty fishermen resisted with crowbars and even broke some hands, but the whole confrontation was finished without resorting to weapons, I guess kung-fu meeting taekwendo.

  6. a blah chick
    December 14, 2012, 2:52 pm

    The original story smelled, this one makes more sense. Why would the guy be brandishing a pistol? It made no sense.

    Anyway I have learned NEVER to accept the official version since it changes four times within a week.

  7. Eva Smagacz
    December 14, 2012, 3:25 pm

    During second world war, a lot of intelligence about German behaviour was discounted and disbelieved by British, because it “just didn’t make sense”.

    In a cognitive dissonance created, the brain seeks to restore cognitive equilibrium and refuses to acknowledge that which is less believable.

    And that is the reason why Americans will believe the toy pistol story. Realising that vast tracks of Israel are populated by Israel Keyes doppelgängers will take that much longer.

  8. Mondowise
    December 14, 2012, 4:31 pm

    it’s far beyond absurd how easy it would be for IOF to prove their claim that Mohammed had a fake gun (plastic gun has now morphed into metal, lol). all the IOF needs to do is simply release the entire duration of unadulterated, unedited, un-manipulated RAW film footage captured by the security cameras which every checkpoint has.

    but NOPE, IOF has not released any of it…because:
    1) said footage was “accidentally” deleted just like when Jamal Julani was attacked by izraeli lynch mob in Zion Square back in August. all the crucial video evidence proving suspects’ guilt was irreversibly deleted.
    2) said footage shows no such fake gun (and IOF hasn’t yet manipulated the footage into fabricated lies).

    THIS in conjunction with changing details and particularly the total media black out (reuters journos not even allowed to show ID papers, B’Tselem journo beat up/detained, etc) shows izraeli forces to once again be the real culprit of terrorism via murder of a child in cold blood. they only dig their own grave deeper….and deeper…while demonstrating how moronic izraeli forces are to think we the people of the world are too stupid to see right through their hasbara…especially when IOF had the idiocy to abuse reuters journos. uh, not too smart izrael!

  9. W.Jones
    December 14, 2012, 9:43 pm

    Speaking of PCHR I just read the following claim on Twitter:

    Israel bombed a new Eastern Orthodox church under construction in #Gaza, according to @pchrgaza’s director.


    This was posted on November 16, not long after the Gaza ceasefire and PA’s UN state-membership occurred.

    However, I haven’t been able to find more on this. What do you think?

  10. DanDan
    December 14, 2012, 11:02 pm

    You people try so hard to run away from the truth, try so hard to cover it up with anti-Israel nonsense. It’s just sad.

    Israel is the most open, transparent country in the entire Middle East. Their newspapers and journalists report 110% of all discrepancies, cover-ups and scandals. If their was actually foul play here, the Israeli news would be all over it. They would relish in it.

    This kid pointed a realistic looking gun at a border guard, it was a clear mistake on his part and he paid for it with his life. If I were to point a realistic looking gun at a police officer, I would also expect to be shot.

    • Basilio
      December 16, 2012, 11:34 pm

      Dan, sorry, but no cigar. The boy was 17, not 13, so it would not make sense that he owned such a gun. It would be more characteristic of younger children to have such plastic guns as the Palestinian human rights group said. I’ve never seen a 17 year old looking to purchase a plastic gun. That’s for 12 year old kids. Something doesn’t make sense. Why doesn’t Israel release the full footage of what happened? Someone’s guilty a crime and Israel covers up many crimes. Explain to me why a 17 year old guy would even have such a toy gun at that age? It makes no sense.

    • Qualtrough
      December 17, 2012, 12:59 am

      You were there? You have seen the full tapes? You spoke to the witnesses? You have no knowledge of the myriad times Israeli authorities have been caught lying? I am going to go out on a limb by guessing the answers to the above questions are No, No, No, and No. Go back and consult the Hasbara playbook again, surely they have suggestions that will improve your next effort.

  11. kalithea
    December 15, 2012, 12:12 pm

    I must repeat this part of a comment I already posted on the other thread:

    This smells like a HATE crime bred by Zionism as in Rachel Corrie’s case and the murder of Furkan Dorgan and so many countless others. This incident demonstrates violent hate and depraved indifference to human life; there’s no other way to put it. You don’t shoot a boy multiple times and then state you’re CONTENT unless you know you can count on impunity. This smug contentment is a psychopathic reaction.

    No other group is exempt from legal punishment for hate crimes; and neither should a group that hides behind the fact that they have been victims of hate crimes be exempt. What better cover could there be for committing HATE CRIMES with impunity than to to perpetuate the notion that one is still and forever the most vulnerable of all victims even with hundreds of nuclear weapons and the 10th largest arsenal in the world??? How ridiculous is that??? They’re playing us all for saps!

    A boy carrying a birthday cake and alleged plastic gun vs Uzi-toting occupation forces. A stone vs a tank or a bulldozer; a rocket vs a guided bomb, a captive, occupied nation vs a nuclear-armed nation. And Zionists are the victims here??? This evil charade is happening in front of our eyes with TOTAL IMPUNITY!!!

    The world is being fleeced by the Zionist con; the most effective con-job in modern history.

    • Annie Robbins
      December 15, 2012, 2:47 pm

      looking at his smile in the video, how easily he smiles. hearing his voice, his laugh. what a horrific loss for palestine, for all of us.

      i know what you mean kalithea, it drives me crazy (although i don’t use the term hate, it presumes too much, i don’t know what’s in her mind, but hate crime, the way we have come to understand it, it what it is from my perspective).

  12. Dagon
    December 16, 2012, 8:59 pm

    Whenever I visit my family I usually love to visit historical sites.Two years ago Me my wife and my brother drove the coast road up to jerusalem.On the way back we took the jordan valley road.Upon intering israels proper we came to a border check point.3 or4 soldiers were present.we stopped our car about twenty feet from a concrete box with a male soldier pointing his gun at us while two female soldiers aproached .For long ten minutes that gun was pointed at us,HIS EYES PLANETD AT THE SIGHT AND FINGER ON THE TRIGGER.No problem,they let us thru being good israeli arabs you know.the strange thing is fear came over me later and even now every time I think about it and how easy these killers could’ve shot us too.It’s in the middle of the desert.

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