‘The Israeli sniper shot my son as if he hunted a bird’: Wajih Wajdi Al-Ramahi, 14, killed while standing outside of West Bank school

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Instagram photo published by Mor Ostrovski, 20, Israeli sniper. February 2013

An Israeli sniper killed a child yesterday. Wajih Wajdi Al-Ramahi, 14 was shot in the back by while walking in front of a school in Jalazoun refugee camp near Ramallah. Thousands of mourners turned out for his funeral today.

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Wajih Wajdi Al-Ramahi, 14, killed by Israeli sniper December 7, 2013 Ramallah, Palestine

Ma’an News reports the family said “their son was “executed” and “assassinated in cold blood,” ” Reportedly, according to locals, there were “no clashes or any kind of rock-throwing incidents that might have provoked the killing.”

The teenager father’s said Israeli soldiers target youths and kill them, in order to amuse themselves.

He added that his son was shot by an Israeli soldier from a watchtower in Bet El with one bullet while he was walking near a school in the camp. He was hit directly in the back…

His father told Anadolu Agency “The Israeli sniper shot my son as if he hunted a bird”. The Israeli military has acknowledged the killing and says they are opening an “investigation“.

Ma’an News:

His mother, sisters and other relatives wept as his body passed by the door to his home as his body was moved to the refugee camp’s mosque for funeral prayers.

His body was finally laid to rest in the camp’s cemetery, with a gunfire salute into the air as his body was lowered into the ground.

Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative Mustafa Barghouti said that negotiations by the Palestinians with the State of Israel are being used as “a cover for settlement expansion and in order to carry out crimes and murder against the Palestinian people.”

He called for an “end to negotiations and for the International Criminal Court to try Israel and its leaders for war crimes committed against the Palestinian people, including the murder of the al-Ramahi child.”

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Funeral of Wajih Wajdi Al-Ramahi Dec.8, 2013 Jalazoun refugee camp, Ramallah, Palestine

It’s urgent the global community snap out of it and step up by taking responsibility for seeking justice. The time is long past for the occupying army to be investigating the crimes of either its soldiers or citizens, against Palestinian people whose land they covet.

About Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani
Posted in Israel/Palestine, Occupation

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  1. Krauss says:

    I’m sure the NYT will write about this. Like the time when Mor Ostrovsky posted that picture you posted in this article, it became world news.

    Except, of course, for the New York Times, which instead wrote about Netanyahu’s ice cream budget.
    What will we see this time? Maybe nothing at all, as usual. This child has the wrong bloodline, it’s J-negative blood.

    • look at his beautiful face..i want to kiss him and hold him. his parents, i cannot even fathom what they must be going thru. it’s normal to seek revenge for an atrocity like this. nothing will happen to this sadist who executed the innocent child. nothing.

      • OlegR says:

        Again Annie the judge jury and (thankfully only imaginary)
        executioner.

        • i don’t believe in the death penalty oleg. so don’t reference me as an executioner even in passing. the only executioner in this story is israeli.

        • We’ve seen the pattern. A culture of impunity in the Israeli uniformed thugs reigns supreme where a Palestinian life, unlike Jewish life, means nothing.

        • Woody Tanaka says:

          “Again Annie the judge jury and (thankfully only imaginary)
          executioner.”

          Pretty telling, that your concern is for the murder and not the murdered.

        • Taxi says:

          oleg,

          Is your gun missing a bullet?

        • OlegR says:

          And your evidence are what?
          Not even hear say.

        • seafoid says:

          It never happened before, Oleg. He was only following orders. It is because they hate their children. It is the Jewish prison. The land is a curse.

        • And your evidence are what?

          it was just a question oleg.
          the oleg doth protest too much, me thinks.

          and hearsay is one word.

        • Taxi says:

          You seem a little nervous, oleg; you know, a little defensive.

          Say, old boot, how many vertical humans have you rendered horizontal?

          Has there been a study done on how many Palestinians a single idf soldier shoots, or shoots at, per year? What do you reckon the numbers would be, oleg?

        • oleg, your complacency and utter indifference is not remotely surprising, and is congruent with most of the IDF and Israeli Jews in general. That you can offer such a feeble and blase response, with no recognition of the suffering and pain your little soldiers inflict on local people and their children is an indictment of all of you and the racist society you have built and endorsed. WTF is a sniper doing shooting children going to school? spare us the pathetic military excuses and fantasy lies that your leaders will spin, and try for once to sound like a human being and not a total idf douchebag bot. It is appalling on so many levels, not least that it is so routine people like you hardly raise an eyebrow, so numbed to any normality, any human response that it is hard to know whether to despise you or pity you.

      • Bumblebye says:

        Imagine the acres of msm print, the hours of tv news coverage if this boy had been a Settler child killed by a Palestinian sniper, maybe even one who had been persecuting Palestinians whose land his family stole.
        Their silence is a further injustice.

      • a blah chick says:

        I have to wonder at the amount of domestic violence there is in the families of these perpetrators.

        • Abierno says:

          Nov. 13 Haaretz and Jerusalem Post report Haifa University study indicating that one out of two Israeli children are sexually, physically or
          emotionally abused. The rate for Jewish children is over 40%. This could be expected to have serious implications regarding the mental health of
          IDF soldiers since abused children and adolescents are at high risk to become abusers themselves. Then one needs to consider that many of these children have been indoctrinated in not only their ethnic superiority
          but also in seeing Palestinians as less than human. Given that generally abusers target the vulnerable, the high rates of abuse of children and adolescents by the IDF and IOF is not surprising.

        • RoHa says:

          “Haaretz and Jerusalem Post report Haifa University study indicating that one out of two Israeli children are sexually, physically or
          emotionally abused. The rate for Jewish children is over 40%”

          If “sexually, physically or emotionally abused” means the sort of thing I mean by those terms, this is a horrifying statistic. It suggests that a large chunk of the population (around half, perhaps*) is not fit to be allowed near even their own children.

          This is clearly a very sick society.

          (*It beggars belief to attribute this level of abuse to just a few, very busy, abusers.)

        • seafoid says:

          I.often wonder if they can turn off the violence when they sign off work.

        • Ecru says:

          @ RoHa

          Remember this is a country that offers protection for (Jewish) child abusers who flee justice in other nations, employs them in its armed forces, and even the US Govt, not exactly famed for its criticisms of Israel, admits that it’s one of the world capitals of the international sex-slave trade.

          link to nypost.com

          link to haaretz.com

          link to traffickingproject.org

        • MHughes976 says:

          I wondered if these reports were a bit sensationalised and indeed it doesn’t seem possible yet to get directly to an English version of the published work of the two main researchers. Would the same methodology reveal similar results in most societies, particularly on the difficult subject of emotional abuse? Still, the reports and summaries by journalists are indeed terrifying.

        • RoHa says:

          “Would the same methodology reveal similar results in most societies, particularly on the difficult subject of emotional abuse?”

          That is the key question. (Hence my conditional clause.) The right methodology can get you any result you like, as long as you don’t let statisticians and other professionals near it. I hope it is just another example of dodgy research work (there’s plenty around) and the reports are sensationalised.

  2. FreddyV says:

    I’m ashamed that my country Great Britain offered to vote yes to the Palestinian observer membership to the UN on the condition they wouldn’t invoke the powers of the ICC.

    Then you see this.

    The Hague is calling.

    • Woody Tanaka says:

      I’m ashamed that my country, the USA, has protected and nurtured this State of murderers, thieves and devils since the beginning.

      The Hague would be too kind for this bunch.

  3. OlegR says:

    /The Israeli military has acknowledged the killing and says they are opening an “investigation“/

    To clarify IDF acknowledged that they received a report that a Palestinian youth was killed and that they are investigating the circumstances.

    • so what? that means nothing. jewish soldiers do not pay a price for killing palestinians. this was the givati brigades. the israeli government lies with impunity whenever they can get away with it. investigations carried out by the israeli military mean virtually nothing.

      • OlegR says:

        First there no “givati brigades. ”
        There is a Givati brigade, try to learn subject matter.
        And second IDF hasn’t yet acknowledged that it was our soldier that shot the boy hence the investigating.
        Non of it matters in your world , like i said when it comes to Israelis you are a judge jury and executioner in one bigoted package.

        • Talkback says:

          OlegR,

          if a Jewish child ever was killed in history by the sniper of an occupying force,

          1.) what was the name of the occupying regime?
          2.) what did its court do about it?

          Look into the mirror OlegR.

        • eljay says:

          >> … like i said when it comes to Israelis you are a judge jury and executioner in one bigoted package.

          And only Zio-supremacists are permitted to be judge, jury and executioner in one bigoted package.

        • IDF hasn’t yet acknowledged that it was our soldier that shot the boy hence the investigating.

          au contraire:

          Although Israeli army spokespeople originally denied knowledge of the boy’s slaying, they have since acknowledged responsibility according to Israeli media sources, but have not given a reason for the shooting.

          from the ma’an news link in the ma’an article above: link to maannews.net

    • a blah chick says:

      They’re going to investigate? Well, be still my heart! As we all know IDF routinely prosecutes its troops for violence against Palestinian civilians and takes a hard line with them!

      Fearless Blah Chick prediction: IF this gets into the judicial pipeline (at least 3-4 years down the road) and IF the soldier is held responsible at best he will get 45 days and the stern finger wag.

      They can’t give him much more because they want him to be able to expunge the crime from his record, no point having a little homicide mess up the rest of your life!

  4. Walid says:

    From Haaretz:

    “… Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the shooting. “This was a cold-blooded assassination perpetrated by the occupation regime,” he said in a statement. “The Government of Israel bears responsibility for this organized terror against innocent children … This policy is destructive for the peace process.”

    link to haaretz.com

    Nobody can say that President Abbas did not nothing. He condemned the shooting; hello and good-bye.

  5. a blah chick says:

    The IDF is claiming that the commandos were looking for stone throwers. Over at 972 mag they quote Walla news as follows: “During the course of their operations, a violent incident developed while soldiers were attempting to arrest a suspect. They shot in the air and for an unknown reason the youth was shot.” So now Palestinians can fly?

    What heroes.

    • same article say Israeli army offer contradictory stories about whether clashes were taking place, but neither suggest the boy took part in any violence.

      first they denied, then they acknowledged, then they have an explanation…it’s really irrelevant what they say because the boy is dead and as you pointed out in your earlier comment IF the soldier is held responsible at best he will get 45 days and the stern finger wag.

      there will be no relative repercussions because the system doesn’t accommodate that for jewish soldiers. it is an occupying army that as far as i know only imprisons soldiers who refuse to serve except in rare circumstances. possibly if the perp wasn’t jewish. like i think they punished a non jewish soldier once.

      and if anyone confessed to just outright murdering the kid they’d provide him with an insanity defense.

  6. jon s says:

    A horrible incident, I hope it’s investigated seriously.

    • and if it was, do you also hope it’s prosecuted seriously? what kind of sentence do you think is appropriate for executing an innocent child in front of a school? life in prison?

      have you ever heard of a case in israel where a jewish soldier served a stiff sentence for killing a palestinian? come on jon, you must know it doesn’t matter how seriously the investigation is, because we already know no one will pay a price for this.

    • K Renner says:

      A joke, I assume. We all know that the IDF likes to go mea culpa for all of five minutes whenever something happens that they can’t possibly lie about/spin to look like the Israeli soldiers/settlers are the victims.

      At least the people who openly try to make up some “reason” for the kid getting shot haven’t shown up yet.

      • amigo says:

        “At least the people who openly try to make up some “reason” for the kid getting shot haven’t shown up yet.”K Renner.

        oleg is here suggesting it is not an Israeli soldier.

        • K Renner says:

          Well, there’s no way settler boy can come close to “winning” (or what passes for winning in his feverish brain) this one. It’s either some IDF decided to snipe the kid or some sociopath who calls the West Bank “Judea and Samaria” who has the complicity of the “IDF” on his side.

          I noticed oleg is really just waffling more then anything– saying that accusing some of the more thuggish, abusive “IDF” units of doing things like this constitutes “bigotry”.

    • Woody Tanaka says:

      “A horrible incident, I hope it’s investigated seriously.”

      Well, if zionists are “investigating” it, then it won’t be done seriously, it’ll be a whitewash, just like all the others.

    • eljay says:

      >> A horrible incident, I hope it’s investigated seriously.

      More than just that, I hope the guilty party is held fully accountable for his crime.

      Stories such as this one* suggest that even a serious investigation won’t result in serious consequences.

      (*A quick Google of “israeli soldier shoots child” brings up a lot of results.)

      • “Then one of the soldiers walked to her and emptied his clip into her. For sure she died on the second or third bullet. I could see her lying on the ground, not moving. I can’t imagine why that soldier wanted to shoot her after she was dead.”

        a child, who could forget the story of how she died. and no one paid a price.

        Not Guilty

        An Israeli army officer who fired the entire magazine of his automatic rifle into a 13-year-old Palestinian girl and then said he would have done the same even if she had been three years old was acquitted on all charges by a military court yesterday.

        The soldier, who has only been identified as “Captain R”, was charged with relatively minor offences for the killing of Iman al-Hams who was shot 17 times as she ventured near an Israeli army post near Rafah refugee camp in Gaza a year ago.

        The manner of Iman’s killing, and the revelation of a tape recording in which the captain is warned that she was just a child who was “scared to death”, made the shooting one of the most controversial since the Palestinian intifada erupted five years ago even though hundreds of other children have also died.

        this is a perfect example of how ‘seriously investigated’ murders are prosecuted by the occupation army. they are worthless investigations because no one ever pays a price for these heinous crimes.

        The military court cleared the soldier of illegal use of his weapon, conduct unbecoming an officer and perverting the course of justice by asking soldiers under his command to alter their accounts of the incident.

  7. Citizen says:

    I read he was shot in the back. Palestinian teen life is cheap for Israel whether a sniper or less direct intention–wonder if an investigation was done here: link to maannews.net

    • Medics said that a device left by Israeli forces in an area east of Yatta exploded and injured 16-year-old Maher Adil Najajra, without providing further details.

      yatta. i just read recently about a community near yatta they are trying to get rid of. sorry, spacing. so much info so little brainpower.

  8. RoHa says:

    Because of a faulty gun, the soldier fired accidentally. The boy heard the shot, and, with the instinctive native cunning of the Arab, worked out where the bullet was going to go and flung himself in front of it just to make the soldier look bad.

    • K Renner says:

      The most surreal, most disgusting thing is that there are people who will legitimately think along these lines. It’s been displayed here in various odious forms by the usual suspects, and prominently, despite how insane they look for it.

  9. just says:

    Cold -blooded, calculated murder of a beautiful child…………no apology, no rage by the Israeli mothers and fathers of their precious babes………. silence, and a “promised investigation”. Filthy business as usual. Shot in the back.

    “Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative Mustafa Barghouti said that negotiations by the Palestinians with the State of Israel are being used as “a cover for settlement expansion and in order to carry out crimes and murder against the Palestinian people.””

    This reminds me of tales of some of our own brutish military who shoot dogs for fun, or for practice, or out of boredom…….This was a living, breathing, child of miracle who was murdered by the IOF.

    “He called for an “end to negotiations and for the International Criminal Court to try Israel and its leaders for war crimes committed against the Palestinian people, including the murder of the al-Ramahi child.””

    I’m with Mr. Mustafa Barghouti on this one……..

    What would Mandela say?

  10. valency says:

    This will follow the standard zionist script:

    Step 1: Burial. The MSM ignores the story. If this doesn’t work, procedes to
    Step 2: Denial. The kid had it coming. He had been throwing stones. He was in a place he shouldn’t be. He wasn’t targetted, he was killed in crossfire. If this doesn’t work, procedes to
    Step 3: Minimisation. Okay, maybe the kid was shot in the back by a ‘bad apple’, but it doesn’t reflect on the professionalism of the IDF. Which moves on to
    Step 4: Triumphalism. You see, the fact that the soldier was disciplined (after techniqes 1 and 2 didn’t work) proves the moral superiority of Israel over the palestinian terrorists.

  11. Empiricon says:

    With the history of apartheid now in the spotlight, the parallel between this murder and the murder of children in The Trojan Horse Massacre in South Africa is compelling and undeniable. Yet sadly, the perfidy of Israel will continue all but unchallenged.

  12. Kathleen says:

    Please contact NPR’s Sunday Morning Edition staff and demand that they do a story on this brutal killing of a young Palestinian boy. Ask them why they promote stories about a Jewish author of a book which describes the horrific bombing that his wife was injured in and his own PTSD while in this part of the world.
    link to npr.org

    Yet have not done a story about this young Palestinian boy being murdered.

    Please contact
    link to help.npr.org

  13. Kathleen says:

    Yep the U.S. so called progressive media ignores Israel’s brutal acts of murder. Over and over again. When will the Palestinians take Israel to the ICJ for these war crimes? Enough of these weak negotiations where the U.S. keeps rolling over to all of Israel’s insane demands. You can bet your ass that Abbas will have to agree to not take Israel to the international court to get any kind of half baked deal.

    Enough is enough
    link to ifamericansknew.org

    Israel has a thing about shooting innocent people in the head and everywhere else if they happen to feel like it
    Page 32 of the UN report
    link to un.org

    56.
    The violence against the soldiers was carried out in an organized manner by a group of passengers armed with weapons, including firearms.
    184
    Suggestions that the passengers were acting in legitimate self-defence were not supported by the evidence.
    185
    In response to the violent resistance faced, the soldiers resorted to shooting with less-lethal and lethal weapons.
    186
    Nine soldiers were wounded in the course of the operation,
    187
    including two who received bullet wounds.
    188
    Nine passengers were killed,
    189
    and approximately 55 were wounded.
    190
    The Israeli Commission describes four of the deceased as “IHH activists or volunteers” and four as “activists in other Turkish Islamic organizations.”
    191
    The findings of external examinations carried out on the bodies of the deceased were summarized as follows:
    192

    Body no. 1: Bullet wounds: two in the abdomen-chest on the left side, one tangential wound on the left side of the abdomen, on the back from the right, on the right elbow, in the right arm, on the left hand, two on the left thigh. Superficial lacerations on the face, abrasions and scratches.

    Body no. 2: Bullet wounds: on the right side of the head, on the right side of the back of the neck, on the right cheek, underneath the chin, on the right side of the back, on the left thigh. A bullet was palpated on the left side of the chest. Abrasion on the right arm.

    Body no. 3: Bullet wound on the right side of the back of the neck, two bullet wounds on the right side of the back of the neck, a bullet wound on the right side of the abdomen, a bullet wound on the right side of the lower back, a bullet wound on the left back-buttock.

    Body no. 4: Bullet wounds: on the left breast, the left buttock, the right shoulder, the right thigh, the right calf, two in the left thigh. Subcutaneous bleeding on the right side of the forehead. Lacerations on the forehead. Various additional abrasions.

    Body no. 5: Two bullet wounds in the left shoulder, bullet wound in the right side of the chest, bullet wound in the right shoulder, bullet wound in the right thigh.

    Body no. 6: Bullet wounds in the forehead and the back of the neck. Abrasion wounds on the right side of the forehead, the nose, the right knee.

    Body no. 7: Bullet wounds on the left side of the chest, subcutaneous bleeding on the back, the left calf, and right elbow joint.

    Body no. 8: Bullet wounds on the front of the right ear, bullet palpated under the skin of the torso on the left side, two bullet wounds on the right side of the back, bullet wound on the right buttock, various abrasions.

    Body no. 9: Bullet wounds in the area of the right temple/back of neck, bullet wound in the left nipple, bullet wound in the area of the scalp-forehead on the left side, bullet wound on the face (nose), bullet wound on the left torso, bullet wound on the right side of the back, two bullet wounds in the left thigh, two bullet wounds as a result of the bullet passing through toes four and five on the left foot”

  14. Kathleen says:

    U.S. State Dept
    Main Switchboard:
    202-647-4000
    TTY:1-800-877-8339

    Email question or comment to U.S. State Dept about this brutal killing.
    link to contact-us.state.gov

    My question about the killing of 14 year old Wajih and why the U.s. State Dept is not investigating this killing of a child by a country that the U.S. government supports no matter how many crimes they commit just went through. Please contact them.

  15. Kathleen says:

    Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    link to mfa.gov.il
    Contact information
    link to mfa.gov.il

  16. Obsidian says:

    Haaretz and two NGO’s report that the youths were throwing stones at the soldiers.

    • Woody Tanaka says:

      “Haaretz and two NGO’s report that the youths were throwing stones at the soldiers.”

      Yawn. Yes, we all know you zios would bring up irrelevancies like this. Tossing a few pebbles at the zio-Nazi occupiers doesn’t justify the murder. This kid was shot by a sniper. Unless you can demonstrate that he, himself, possessed a weapon and posed a direct threat to that sniper, it’s cold-blooded murder.