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Israeli military shoots 14-year-old protester in face with rubber bullet

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Izz Tamimi in Nabi Saleh, Friday March 23, 2012. (Photo: JC/ActiveStills)

Today during the weekly Friday demonstrations in Nabi Saleh, family members of political prisoner Bassam Tamimi were wounded with rubber bullets by the Israeli military. 14-year-old Izz al-Abdul Hazfith Tamimi was shot in the face and Usama Bilal Tamimi was shot in the leg. Today’s protest against the wall was also in dedication to Bassam Tamimi, who was arrested one year ago, and hunger striker Hana Shalabi.

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  1. eljay on March 23, 2012, 4:40 pm

    According to the linked-to Maan News Agency article, Izz al-Abdul Hazfith Tamimi is 15 years old, which makes him just that much more dangerous to the Jewish state, which, in turn, makes the Occupation Forces of the Jewish state just that much braver for having shot him in the face.

    • Hostage on March 23, 2012, 8:28 pm

      Well 10 years is too old in some cases. Abir Aramin was killed after being shot in the head during a school break when she was buying snacks with her sister and two friends in the West Bank town of Anata. Witnesses gave statements that identified Israeli border guards who fired from a passing jeep. At the time the police insisted that she probably died from a thrown rock from other Palestinians, but an autopsy showed that she was killed by the police with a rubber bullet to the head. See Israeli Court Refuses To Charge Police In Shooting Of 10-Year-Old Palestinian Girl in 2007 Because Too Much Time Has Passed —

    • RoHa on March 23, 2012, 9:23 pm

      It’s his own fault for having a face.

      • Daniel Rich on March 24, 2012, 12:51 am

        @ RoHa,

        I have to admit that, in a cynical way, it did make me chuckle. Turd wrapped in silk? Still a turd [bullet + rubber]

      • Talkback on March 24, 2012, 5:31 am

        It’s antisemitism, terrorism, antisemitism and antisemitism for a Nonjewish child to throw it’s face into the trajectory of the most moral bullets of the world. An IDF investigation will also show that someone was using the child as a human shield. And the shooter’s going to be promoted because of all the problems the incidence caused him.

  2. Cliff on March 23, 2012, 4:46 pm

    14 years old. Scarred for life.

    So what’s the protocol for rubber bullets? It’s only rubber, so they shoot it at a Palestinian’s face?

    I guess, if Israeli soldiers shoot tear gas canisters at a Palestinian’s face – this is them being the ‘most moral army in the world’.

  3. Woody Tanaka on March 23, 2012, 5:02 pm

    Ah, the light among the nations…

  4. Fredblogs on March 23, 2012, 5:09 pm

    Unfortunately, since the term “demonstration” covers everything from marching and chanting without any sort of attack to rocks, Molotov cocktails, and attempts by large mobs to attack small groups soldiers and overwhelm them by force of numbers, we have no way of knowing whether this was in self defense or not.

    • Bumblebye on March 23, 2012, 8:04 pm

      We only have to look at very similar demonstration behavior by haredi gangs or settler gangs to see the vast difference in how they are policed when the demonstrators – who ALSO throw rocks – just so happen to be Jewish of one variety or another. No tear gas canisters or rubber bullets in evidence at those.

    • Cliff on March 23, 2012, 8:09 pm

      Fredblogs said:

      […]to attack small groups soldiers and overwhelm them by force of numbers

      I would tell you to read the article clearly for the word, ‘weekly’ for the context but you’re a fanatical racist so your mind was made up.


      A-Nabi Saleh is a Palestinian village in the West Bank, north of Ramallah. For for more than eighteen months now, every Friday, its residents have demonstrated against settlers seizing nearby land that belongs to Palestinians. The Friday processions held in the village have become one of the main sites of weekly protest in the West Bank in recent years.

      In their handling of the protests in a-Nabi Saleh, Israel’s security forces have infringed the rights of the Palestinian demonstrators in three fundamental ways, as follows:

      Violation of the right to demonstrate

      […]Excessive use of means for dispersing demonstrations

      […]Harm to the civilian population

      The article explains each of those violations, and you can read it yourself.

      But the more important issue is whether Palestinians have the same right to self-defense. When Palestinians are being occupied and and their land colonized for 45 years (with no end in sight) – what kind of self-defense is acceptable according to your Zionist etiquette?

      Let me answer that for you: you are a hypocrite and think Palestinians are sub-human. Hence, the only way you’d even think of using the term ‘self-defense’ is when an Israeli does something bad to a Palestinian. If a Palestinian is being evicted off of his land due to some Zionist bureaucratic b.s. or sent to jail for some trumped up charge of ‘incitement’ or all the other injustices they face daily – you aren’t going to bring up their right to ‘self-defense’.

      Anyways, the Israeli soldiers aren’t defending themselves. They are shooting people in the face with rubber bullets (or tear-gas canisters).

    • Daniel Rich on March 24, 2012, 12:57 am

      @ Fredblogs,

      C’mon, we all know the IDF only acts out of elf-defense.


      No. No typo. The IDF defends elves and according to the brothers Grimm, when defending elves, all options are on the table [or in your face], thus the life of one elf saved ensures this bloody fairytale continues at least one more day.

    • Talkback on March 24, 2012, 5:22 am

      “whether this was in self defense or not.”

      Yes, the heroes of the most army in the world are incapable of “defending” themselves against a 16 year old child without using the most moral bullets of the world and aiming for his face.

  5. LanceThruster on March 23, 2012, 5:39 pm

    This makes me wince just looking at it (but I’m glad you posted it anyway because it needs to be seen).

    Violence as the norm is truly a cancer on those perpetrating it.

  6. Bumblebye on March 23, 2012, 5:59 pm

    Unarmed children against a heavily armed gang of land thieves and kidnappers.
    Wear the scars of your courageous resistance with pride.

  7. skhan on March 23, 2012, 6:01 pm

    The original article says Izz Tamimi is 15

    • Cliff on March 23, 2012, 7:54 pm

      Wow ‘skhan’, it’s truly perverse that you are quibbling over his age when the kid has a giant hole in his face (not his mouth, Zionists).

      • skhan on March 23, 2012, 8:46 pm

        When I wrote that comment there were no other comments had appeared in this section. I guess it takes forever to approve. I am not quibbling. I was simply pointing out the accuracy of what is being posted. Of course his age should not matter, and it is a terrible thing. But information should be accurate.

      • Cliff on March 24, 2012, 8:22 am

        skhan said:

        But information should be accurate.

        No shit.

        If my first comment in the thread about the Jewish children murdered in France, was about their correct age (being whatever versus whatever, because either way – they’re still kids) – then it would be as perverse as your first comment in this thread.

        I can’t even look at the kid’s face. It doesn’t even have to be a Palestinian or anything to do w/ this conflict. It’s just plain shocking. Apparently, though you are deeply concerned that he is being reported as younger than he is (by a year LOL)

  8. Bumblebye on March 23, 2012, 11:05 pm

    A brave 16yr old boy stands up to Israeli military judge, refusing to recognize the system, likening it to a Mafia gang:

    Ahmad al-Salibi. Wow.

    Bah! Rude words. Link won’t work, sorry.

    • annie on March 23, 2012, 11:29 pm

      here’s the story bumble

      16-year old Ahmad al-Salibi tells zionist judge: “You are a Mafia gang and I do not recognise your state”

      March 23, 2012 by occupiedpalestine 0 Comments

      Palestinian child provokes Zionist judge into leaving court
      [ PIC 23/03/2012 – 02:49 PM ]

      AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Palestinian child Ahmad al-Salibi provoked the judge of Ofer military court which was convened to look into his case and those of seven other children, all under 16 and all hail from Beit Ummar to the north of al-Khalil, when he said that he does not recognise the court or the Zionist entity and described them as a gang.

      According to the lawyers of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, Salibi was asked to stand up by the judge and the prosecution lawyer began to read the indictment list, but the child interrupted the prosecutor saying: “I do not recognise you. I am a 16-year-old child and you are unjustly trying me. You are a Mafia gang and I do not recognise your state.”

      When the judge heard these words, he got very angry and left the court room warning the boy that his punishment was going to be severe, according to those who attended the hearing.

      Salibi was arrested on 12 March in the town of Beit Ummar and was subjected to beating and “various forms of barbaric torture,” according to defence lawyers who said that signs of torture are still visible on his face and body.

      what a brave person. i am in awe of his majestic being-ness, courage and strength of character

      • Bumblebye on March 23, 2012, 11:47 pm

        Thanks Annie.
        These kids truly are amazing, standing up to the armed thugs as they do.

      • Cliff on March 24, 2012, 6:00 am

        Wow. A grown up adult just walks out of the court he is presiding over because of a 16 year old kid calling him ‘Mafia’? LOL

        That kid is the truth.

      • Blake on March 24, 2012, 12:27 pm

        Amen. Words fail me with regard to this mammon nightmare. But thank God for proof of what they do and thank God for sites like MW.

      • Fredblogs on March 26, 2012, 6:16 pm

        You’d prefer maybe if he staid there and presided angry? If a judge gets emotional, he should go out and cool down.

      • Hostage on March 27, 2012, 4:19 pm

        You’d prefer maybe if he staid there and presided angry? If a judge gets emotional, he should go out and cool down.

        No. If the guy is qualified to serve on the bench, I’d prefer that he go home to Israel, sit on a bench there, and leave the Palestinians alone.

  9. pabelmont on March 24, 2012, 9:01 am

    Quotation alert: words are important and I mark the most important ones with quote-marks.

    The Israelis are perhaps the ideological fathers of the Florida self-defense gun law (deadly force may be used by anyone (“shooter”) who feels he is being or is about to be attacked by his “shootee” — feeling need not be rational, nor need it be investigated by police, to allow the shooter to escape prosecution — if “shooter” is white and “shootee” is black. [Words having situational meaning?]

    The Israeli military are the ones who decided that kids throwing stones “at” (meaning “toward”, not necessarily within a distance to actually “hit” or actually “injure” a soldier) were a “threat” which justified the shooting-to-kill of the rock-thrower, sometimes even by a more distant “sniper” whose job is little distinguishable from “mob hit-man” or “murderer” in that he kills on purpose and not as a proportional act of war.

  10. Kate on March 24, 2012, 12:12 pm

    Even worse photo:
    This kid won’t be ‘OK’ without plastic surgery, and perhaps not even then. I met a man in the West Bank who had been shot in the face like this, also just to the right of his lips, and he had had plastic surgery twice and still had a bad scar. With typical Palestinian resilience and humor, he said he was thinking of asking the Israelis to do it again so the two sides of his face would match.

  11. Les on March 24, 2012, 12:51 pm

    Our tax dollars support our foreign policy to the rest of the world.

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