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Mahmoud Al-Teety’s killing puts focus on Israel’s use of live ammunition to stoke violent resistance

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Mahmoud At-Teety’s sister Fatima, at his funeral (Photo: PhotosPalestine)

In Hebron two days ago, thousands attended the funeral of Mahmoud Al-Teety, 25, a Palestinian activist and journalism student, shot in the head by Israeli forces during a West Bank raid (using what this source and that one have characterized as an illegal Dum-Dum bullet).

Al-Teety was a former prisoner and the coordinator of the  Youth Movement for Freed Prisoners; International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) describes Al-Teety (whose name is spelled in English in different ways) as an “active member of the nonviolent resistance movement in Hebron” and the administrator of a Facebook page focusing on Palestinian political prisoners.

At-Teety is an active member of the nonviolent resistance movement in Hebron, and was the admin of a Facebook page that focuses on the issues and suffering of Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel.

It is worth mentioning that At-Teety is a former political prisoner who spent three years in Israeli prisons, and is one the most active former political prisoners in solidarity activities with all detainees held by Israel, especially those holding hunger strikes.

As I have frequently pointed out, Israel has a track record of using live ammunition to provoke violent resistance. Read Uvi Avnery, The Dogs of War…The Next Intifada

The second (“al-Aqsa”) intifada started after the breakdown of the 2000 Camp David conference and Ariel Sharon’s deliberately provocative “visit” to the Temple Mount. The Palestinians held non-violent mass demonstrations. The army responded with selective killings.
A sharpshooter accompanied by an officer would take position in the path of the protest, and the officer would point out selected targets – protesters who looked like “ringleaders”. They were killed.
This was highly effective. Soon the non-violent demonstrations ceased and were replaced by very violent (“terrorist”) actions. With those the army was back on familiar ground. . .

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Mahmoud Al-Teety – Facebook

Does Palestinian youth activist Mahmoud ‘Adel Al-Teety fit that ringleader description? Is it possible that he was targeted?

Ma’an News quotes Fatah and Islamic Jihad leaders describing the killing as in “cold blood” and worse:

Senior Fatah official Abbas Zaki said the killing of al-Teiti was a criminal act of complete brutality committed in cold blood…
The Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, vowed to retaliate to “the execution” of al-Teiti,

“Zionists know only the language of blood. Yesterday they fired their machineguns at young people in al-Fawwar refugee camp, and executed Mahmoud al-Teiti at close range,” a brigades spokesman said.

Also, note that the New York Times barely covered Al-Teety’s killing, and when it did, it gave greater prominence to injuries to Israelis, in this one paragraph it printed yesterday on growing tensions in the West Bank:

An Israeli mother and three children were seriously injured in a car crash in the West Bank on Thursday after stones thrown by Palestinians apparently hit their vehicle, the police said. Several other vehicles were also hit. Tensions have increased in the West Bank recently, with Palestinians protesting against hardship and Israeli actions in Gaza, and in support of Palestinian prisoners. Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man in the Hebron area on Tuesday. Israeli authorities said the soldiers were chasing Palestinians who had thrown a firebomb when they were attacked by and opened fire.

As for the dum-dum ammunition allegation, I recommend Mairav Zonszein’s piece, “IDF busy classifying different types of bullets while children are being shot” for more information on Israel’s use of live ammunition including doctors allegations of wounds as a result of expanding bullets.

(Hat tip Mondoweiss commenter Dickerson)

Annie Robbins

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

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  1. Cliff on March 15, 2013, 1:09 pm

    What is a firebomb?

  2. Blake on March 15, 2013, 3:12 pm

    Mahmoud Al-Titi was killed with an internationally prohibited lead dumdum round that fragments inside the body. Your US tax dollars at work paid by the United States of America.

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