Israeli sniper kills unarmed Palestinian protester during demonstration in occupied village of Nabi Saleh

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“Have you ever been to a demonstration?” a resident of Nabi Saleh asked me, trying to judge my level of experience.

So far I had only attended demonstrations in Canada and Europe, which as I was about to find out, are worlds apart from what a demonstration in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh looks like- mainly, a war zone.

Little did I know, the robust, energetic, young man who had been walking by my side would be shot dead by a sniper in half an hour, his arms hanging lifelessly as his friends ran, carrying him across the rocky terrain, his face having already changed into a yellow tint in a matter of seconds.

The young man was 23-year-old Saba Obaid, the 21st Palestinian to be killed from Israeli live ammunition in 2017.

The demonstration on May 12 began just like every Friday, after the noon prayer at around 1 p.m. Protesters walked down the road from the mosque towards the village’s checkpoint, chanting against the occupation and waving flags of Marwan Barghouti, in support of the Palestinian detainees’ hunger strike taking place across Israeli prisons.

As they walked along the curving road, the Israeli soldiers entered in view, dressed in protective riot gear and already in position, having advanced far from the checkpoint. The soldiers were spread out, blocking the road.

Demonstrators continued to walk towards the soldiers, with two of them pushing a large, steel garbage container and placing it in the middle of the road to be used for shelter.

Almost immediately, Israeli forces began throwing stun grenades and tear gas and shooting with rubber bullets while some young, male protesters threw rocks at them.

The group of protesters soon split into two. One group, which included all of the female protesters, continued walking to meet the soldiers face-to-face, and remained protesting there for the entire time.

The second group, consisting mostly of young men in their teens or early twenties began running further down the road, ducking for cover from the rubber bullets, explosive ordinances and live ammunition being shot at them. Some of them launched rocks from a distance and remained at least 50 metres away from the Israeli forces. Many of them were boys below the age of 13.

Most of the group had retreated so much so that the Israeli forces were no longer in sight. They then climbed on top of the nearest hill and some began throwing rocks while sheltering themselves from behind a demolished house. All of the protesters were unarmed.

One protester’s face was covered in blood after he was shot in the head with a rubber bullet. His cousin remained unfazed about it. This is after all, what a regular Friday looks like in Nabi Saleh.

A second protester was shot in the leg. The group hurriedly rushed each injured protester down the hill towards the private car waiting on the road.

Sniper shots regularly rang out as the protesters ducked for cover. A resident of Nabi Saleh informed me later on that the soldiers were shooting at the group of young men from behind another demolished structure just across the hill from them.

Another group of protesters stayed behind in the clearing, next to the trees, watching the scene unfold. The land between them and the protesters sheltered by the demolished house lay in the line of fire.

For about twenty minutes a pattern of ducking for cover and popping out to throw a rock persisted. A sniper shot loudly rang through the air and the entire group instantly ducked down.

In a few seconds the group realized that Saba Obaid had been shot in the stomach and began yelling at the car to come closer as they carried him across the rocky terrain.

But his face gave it all away- it didn’t look like he would survive. They immediately rushed him to the hospital 15 minutes away.

Saba Obaid (left) being carried after he was shot on May 12, 2017, in Nabi Saleh at a weekly Friday demonstration against settler land confiscations. He later died. (Image: Mersiha Gadzo)

The demonstration died down shortly afterwards and the protesters retreated to their homes. A resident of Nabi Saleh commented how today’s protest was unusually calm compared to other Friday protests.

“Only three injured this time,” he said. “In the last few weeks we had twenty people injured and way more tear gas and stun grenades.”

However, ten minutes after arriving at my friend’s house, we received a call that Saba Obaid had passed away due to internal bleeding. His funeral was held a few hours later in his hometown of Salfit, with at least 1,000 people in attendance.

About Mersiha Gadzo

Mersiha Gadzo is a multimedia journalist. Her articles have appeared in Al Jazeera, CBC, Canadian Dimension and the Middle East Eye. She tweets at @MersihaGadzo.

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  1. gamal
    May 13, 2017, 6:05 pm

    “we received a call that Saba Obaid had passed away due to internal bleeding”

    as LKJ explains when it comes to us they have a “license fi kill”

    https://youtu.be/etUDTJsjEE0

  2. JosephA
    May 13, 2017, 7:02 pm

    So sad, just terrible.

  3. gamal
    May 13, 2017, 8:03 pm

    Dr Yasser Arafat Payne made a film “The Streets of Harlem” about black men structural violence and ideas of resilience, survival

    https://youtu.be/kNg_Q6z3k40

  4. Kay24
    May 14, 2017, 7:44 am

    This is similar to the incidents a few years ago, when 2 kids were killed by sniper, the day Palestinians were observing Nakba day. There were videos of that as well.
    Israel keeps getting away with murder, kills without hesitation, covers it all up, because the US is taking care of the little “victim”.

  5. Ossinev
    May 14, 2017, 8:10 am

    More “live” training for the most moral. I wonder to they have some sort of draw system within the unit to decide who gets a freebie kill opportunity. Anything to relieve the boredom.

  6. Maghlawatan
    May 14, 2017, 8:48 am

    I was reading a book about lynching in the US. One Jew was lynched. And it is still noted.
    Compare to all the Palestinians Israel kills. There doesn’t need to be a reason.

    Judaism remembers cruelty. Most of the holidays feature bastards from antiquity.

    Israel insists the deaths are one offs, that there is no system. But the oppressed remember.

    Israel.is now one of those mythical bastards.

    Otherwise change the holiday stories. Pharaoh was a strategic genius. Nebuchadnezzar was playing politics.

    And stop whining about the Temple.

  7. Boris
    May 14, 2017, 11:30 pm

    Let’s see.

    Arabs were throwing rocks. The statement that they were unarmed is total b/s – a rock thrown from above can kill.

    Israelis shot one guy in a leg with a rubber bullet. This did not stop the rock throwing. Israelis shot another guy in his head with a rubber bullet. This did not stop the rock throwing either.

    Only one Arab was shot in his stomach, then, as can be seen in the video, the “demonstrators” retreated to a nearby waiting ambulance.

    It is obvious from the video and the article that Israelis demonstrated maximum restrain with this “demonstration”.

    And if somebody does not believe me – try throwing a rock at a New York policeman. See what happen…

    • John O
      May 15, 2017, 11:18 am

      Are you saying New York’s finest are just as bad as the Israeli Occupation Force? Shame on you, Sir!

    • eljay
      May 15, 2017, 11:52 am

      || Boris: Let’s see. … ||

      Yes, let’s: Israeli Occupation and Colonization Forces goons participating in on-going (war) criminal operations in not-Israel shot at and injured non-Israelis. One of the targeted victims later died of his injuries.

      || … try throwing a rock at a New York policeman. See what happen… ||

      Try pulling the shit Israel pulls on the Palestinians on New York policemen. See what happen…

    • Mooser
      May 15, 2017, 12:09 pm

      “And if somebody does not believe me – try throwing a rock at a New York policeman. See what happen… “

      We have got to watch this “Boris” guy. If he keeps coming up with these entirely original and never-before-used analogies and comparisons, he may develop into a dangerous rhetorical adversary!

      • Boris
        May 15, 2017, 10:56 pm

        Well, some truths remain self-evident through the ages – people, who throw rocks, should be ready to receive a bullet.

      • eljay
        May 16, 2017, 8:54 am

        || Boris: Well, some truths remain self-evident through the ages … ||

        Yup, and the truth is that Thousand Year states never last.

        || … people, who throw rocks, should be ready to receive a bullet. ||

        So…Jews who throw rocks at their oppressors deserve to die. Interesting.

      • talknic
        May 16, 2017, 10:19 am

        Another home goal by the great Boris

        @ Boris May 15, 2017, 10:56 pm

        “Well, some truths remain self-evident through the ages “

        Indeed they do.

        “– people, who throw rocks, should be ready to receive a bullet.”

        If you say so pal. https://www.google.com.au/search?q=Israeli+settlers+throwing+rocks&tbm=vid#sthash.kBjNaK1F.dpuf

        Say was it David who threw rocks at Goliath?

        Keep up th’ good work Boris

      • RoHa
        May 16, 2017, 6:05 pm

        And people who put commas around a defining relative clause deserve…?

      • eljay
        May 16, 2017, 6:25 pm

        || RoHa: And people who put commas around a defining relative clause deserve…? ||

        Merciless sermonizing from you. :-D

      • RoHa
        May 16, 2017, 9:08 pm

        So you approve of cruel and unusual punishments, then?

      • eljay
        May 17, 2017, 7:17 am

        || RoHa: So you approve of cruel and unusual punishments, then? ||

        From you I expect Dinsdale Piranha: Cruel, but fair. :-)

    • Mooser
      May 15, 2017, 12:11 pm

      “Only one Arab was shot in his stomach…”

      And who, I ask you, has ever died from that?

      • K Renner
        May 15, 2017, 11:32 pm

        @Mooser:

        A clear example of “zion-itis” in action:

        “Only one *Arab* was shot in the guts”– you can practically hear the spittle frothing in his face as he rages over the audacity the Palestinians have in continuing to live in Palestine.

        Imagine the outrage if I say “oh only one settler got stabbed in the leg” or some such thing?

    • talknic
      May 15, 2017, 8:59 pm

      Israelis kept occupying, illegally settling, illegally claiming non-Israeli territories, illegally incarcerating non-Jewish children and adults from Occupied Territories in Israeli gaols without trial, kept lying to itself, the world and Jews. Kept lending money at interest to specifically poor Jews on condition that they illegally settle in non-Israeli territories thereby putting themselves and their children on the front lines in the 1897 Zionist war on Palestine. This did not stop the rock throwing either.

      • catalan
        May 16, 2017, 10:11 am

        “This did not stop the rock throwing either.” talknic
        It sounds like the situation is terrible for Israel and fantastic for the Palestinians. Why change anything then?

      • talknic
        May 16, 2017, 8:43 pm

        catalan May 16, 2017, 10:11 am

        catalan delights in showing yet again what thoroughly hate filled, empty headed and despicable people are attracted to Zionism. https://speakoutloud.net/intimate-partner-abuse/male-perpetrators-domestic-violence/mens-tactics

        Keep up the good work pal. You’re doing a great job

      • Mooser
        May 16, 2017, 9:46 pm

        “Keep up the good work pal. You’re doing a great job”

        “Catalan” ain’t worried. He thinks he’s got a seat on the train.

      • catalan
        May 17, 2017, 10:02 am

        “Catalan” ain’t worried. He thinks he’s got a seat on the train. – mooser
        Well everyone here says that since Trump got elected, things for the Palestinians are good, great, couldn’t be better. BDS is growing, Israel is collapsing, Palestine will be like Switzerland. The general enthusiasm of all the commenters here is contagious. Why worry, if we are going to see world peace and shortly. I have decided, like the Palestinians, to let international law and BDS do its mysterious yet effective work. Like I said, I even buy now Kirkland instead of Sabra hummus, to make my little contribution.

      • eljay
        May 17, 2017, 10:28 am

        || catalan: … Well everyone here says that since Trump got elected, things for the Palestinians are good, great, couldn’t be better. … ||

        I haven’t said that.

        || … BDS is growing, Israel is collapsing, Palestine will be like Switzerland. … ||

        Yes, not yet, if you say so.

      • catalan
        May 17, 2017, 12:03 pm

        “I haven’t said that.” Eljay
        I was speaking metaphorically. Obviously I cannot quote every person here. Same with the comparison with Switzerland. In my mind (this doesn’t have to be in your mind), a lot of the comments here show great confidence in the Palestinian victory, the success of BDS to force Israel to comply with demands, and generally great enthusiasm. A common refrain seems to be that Israel is losing, Palestine is winning, a bright future is ahead. Now, this may not be your individual view. Rather, it is my own generalization about the overall mood of the commenters here. Entirely subjective. Since I have an uncanny ability to be always wrong, I am probably wrong again.

      • eljay
        May 17, 2017, 12:28 pm

        || catalan: … I was speaking metaphorically. Obviously I cannot quote every person here. … ||

        Got it. I was confused by your use of the all-inclusive phrases “everyone here” and “all the commenters here” (instead of, say, “many people here” or “most of the commenters here”).

      • Mooser
        May 17, 2017, 3:45 pm

        “I was speaking mutter-phorically.” “catalan”

    • talknic
      May 15, 2017, 11:59 pm

      Boris, like all adherents to the wholly holey moldy old Hasbara, gets a high score in bullsh*t

      https://www.google.com.au/search?q=Israeli+settlers+throwing+rocks&tbm=vid

    • Abu Yusef
      May 16, 2017, 12:28 pm

      I have been a cop for 23 years in Newark NJ. You can rest assure if a person was throwing a rock at me and I shot and killed him, I would be put in prison for murder. Trying to find parallels between the IDF’s action and the NYPD is comical at best! But, what is really troubling is the justifying and rationalizing of the murder of this boy by the IDF, by you Boris.

      Imagine if there was no occupation, then this young man would still be alive! As an American who’s father comes from Nabi Saleh, I find it so disheartening when I see a comment like yours Boris.

      If Saba was just another boy, from an unoccupied country, he would be finishing his studies in some University or Trade school, however, he was unlucky and born a Palestinian, so now he is dead. Never to enjoy marriage, never to feel the joy of being a father. No just another dead Palestinian, already forgotten and not a tear shed by the West for this handsome young man.

      I always felt that we were a punished lot simply because of our heritage as Palestinians and your language sort of confirms that sentiment. I have been singled out many times because of it and it is those words that are a distorted narrative and completely one sided.

      I was a Soldier in the US Army and as I said before I am still a cop. As I watch the IDF commit atrocity after atrocity, I wonder how the world allows them to go so unchecked. They are not a security apparatus any longer. What they are is a menacing presence, an occupier in every sense of the word. An Occupier who is happy shooting fish in the barrel.

      There is no bravery in what they are doing. There is no honor in killing people with no arms and only stones! Shame on anyone who feels there is a reason for the IDF to be in Nabi Saleh killing its residents and having a good time at human target practice!

      • amigo
        May 16, 2017, 2:24 pm

        Abu Yusef , you are knocking on a closed door that has no hinges, no keyhole , no doorbell and only one side.

        On the bright side , one day Boris,s brave heroes will have to fight a real battle with real heroes and will run away as fast as their jackbooted legs can carry them.

      • talknic
        May 16, 2017, 8:25 pm

        Boris doesn’t care. He’s a propagandist. Their job is to spout bullsh*t

  8. Elizabeth Block
    May 15, 2017, 9:52 am

    The Israelis hate nonviolence. It makes them look like … well, what they are. Violence they like just fine, it gives them an excuse to do … what they were going to do anyhow.
    Many years ago I heard Mubarak Awad speak here in Toronto. He was teaching nonviolence in Palestine. The Israelis threw him out.

    As for the “most moral army in the world,” what do they mean by that? Only thing I can figure is: They don’t make a general practice of raping Palestinians. They do it, we know, because they threaten it regularly, and those threats would carry no weight if they never did it.

    • eljay
      May 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

      || Elizabeth Block: … As for the “most moral army in the world,” what do they mean by that? … ||

      Zionists have this irrepressible urge to redefine perfectly good words, so “moral” could mean just about anything from “Jewish” to “cowardly” to “immoral”.

  9. talknic
    May 15, 2017, 9:12 pm

    @ Boris May 14, 2017, 11:30 pm

    “Let’s see.”

    Yes. Let’s.

    <em" a rock thrown from above can kill."

    A) https://www.google.com.au/search?q=Israeli+soldier+killed+by+rock

    B) but not it seems when thrown by illegal settler scum who’re guarded by IDF scum

    • Boris
      May 16, 2017, 11:35 pm

      I have responded to you, but Mondo does not publish my comments.

      • talknic
        May 17, 2017, 9:52 am

        That’s strange Boris. MW just published your comment

      • Mooser
        May 17, 2017, 12:09 pm

        “I have responded to you, but Mondo does not publish my comments.”

        You’re a lucky guy! Somebody in Moderation still likes you, “Boris”.

      • amigo
        May 17, 2017, 2:58 pm

        Boris , your archive shows you have 89 posts published.

        You should never underestimate the value of your participation here Boris.

      • Boris
        May 17, 2017, 11:10 pm

        They – Mondo – are very selective.

        My best arguments are not going through.

      • amigo
        May 18, 2017, 1:59 pm

        “They – Mondo – are very selective.

        My best arguments are not going through.”

        Get a petition going Boris.I am sure that all the other mondoweissers here will sign on the grounds that they are being deprived of the brilliance of your best arguments while having to settle for the 89 bad arguments that reside in your archive.

        Just not good enough Boris.Have you considered denying MW your patronage.You give em hell Boris.Show them , you are mad as hell and are not going to take it anymore.

      • Mooser
        May 18, 2017, 3:12 pm

        “My best arguments are not going through.”

        ‘The Comment on the Moderation-Room Floor!’

      • Mooser
        May 18, 2017, 10:46 pm

        “My best arguments are not going through.”

        Read the “Comments Policy” page.

        And remember to push “Post Comment” after completing a comment.

      • Boris
        May 19, 2017, 7:04 am

        @amigo

        I don’t patronize them – i.e. don’t give them any money.

        As my profile points out, once in a while I enjoy reading their delusional articles and moronic posts from commenters like you.

        And, of course, special place in my heart is reserved for Moser…

      • amigo
        May 19, 2017, 10:37 am

        “I don’t patronize them – i.e. don’t give them any money. ” Boris.

        No one in their wildest imagination would have thought you donate money to MW.However , your patronage comes in the number of “hits” MW gets from your posts.So you see you are a committed and dedicated patron who in the face of obstructionist moderators , still soldiers on like a patron that never stops giving.

        We salute you Boris.The Palestinian People are grateful for your selfless and tireless dedication to their right to freedom and justice.

      • Mooser
        May 19, 2017, 12:53 pm

        “However , your patronage comes in the number of “hits” MW gets from your posts”

        “Hits’ are good, yes. “UPVs” (Unique Page Views) interconnecting with a website, such as commenting, is even better. And “sessions” (commenting and responding) is best of all. Doesn’t matter what you say.
        “Google Analytics” keeps track of these things.

        Thank you for your patronage, “Boris”. Please respond and keep the conversation going.

  10. stopthelie
    May 16, 2017, 6:24 pm

    if the guy was shot in the stomach and he is wearing white, how come there is not even a small visible red spot anywhere on his upper body. have a look at the video, he is holding his stomach running back, the collapses and passes out since he is so hurt he is carried away to an already waiting ambulance, no where in the footage can bleeding be seen – an obvious staged falsified event….

    • amigo
      May 17, 2017, 6:24 am

      “if the guy was shot in the stomach and he is wearing white, how come there is not even a small visible red spot anywhere on his upper body. ” stopthelie

      Go look at the centre left of the last image above.Note the outline of bleeding.This time look when not on ziocaine .It can affect your eyesight and lead you to make silly claims which makes you appear to be either stupid or brainwashed.

      Btw, this site is for adults , children not allowed.You might find the J, Post more to your taste.The other kids there don,t hit back.

    • talknic
      May 17, 2017, 9:59 am

      “an obvious staged falsified event …” … and that’s why he died of “internal bleeding”

  11. stopthelie
    May 16, 2017, 6:43 pm

    as for amigo posting coward israeli soldiers running away…here is an explanation to what they did so brain dead people like you can understand.

    they have removed themselves form a volatile situation in which they would have had to shoot someone to get away from being hurt. instead of killing someone, in an effort to save lives, they moved away to a safer spot so demonstrators are not shot and hurt…. get it?!

    • talknic
      May 17, 2017, 10:02 am

      @ stopthelie May 16, 2017, 6:43 pm

      Uh huh? What are their shields for?

      Save it for some moronic Zionist bullsh*t site

  12. amigo
    May 17, 2017, 6:09 am

    “they have removed themselves form a volatile situation in which they would have had to shoot someone to get away from being hurt. instead of killing someone, in an effort to save lives, they moved away to a safer spot so demonstrators are not shot and hurt…. get it?!” stopthelie.

    So you are claiming these members of the worlds most moral (ever in history ) army were making a tactical retreat so they would not have to shoot any of their enemy.Interesting approach , (pun intended).

    Just graduated from “Hasbara University”, per chance.

    Seek help pal and quickly. Ziocaine can be life threatening.

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