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  Palestinians carry the bodies of Amer Nassar 17, and Naji Balbisi 18 into a mosque during their     funeral in Anabta, West Bank, Palestine. April 4, 2013 (Photo: Darren Whiteside/Reuters)

Late last night the Israeli military killed two more Palestinian teenagers, Amer Nassar 17, and Naji Balbisi 18. Today, they were buried in their home town of Anabta, near Tulkarm in the West Bank.

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Mother of Naji Balbisi mourns (Photo: Mohahamed Torokman/Reuters)

Their deaths occurred during three days of confrontations, demonstrations and protests sparked by the death of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh.

The Jerusalem Post reported Israeli forces were on “high alert” anticipating violence to break out after Hamdiyeh’s funeral held today in Hebron.

BBC:

Talks in jeopardy

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the deaths jeopardised “US and international efforts to restart negotiations”.

The youths’ killings have prompted further unrest after the death of Abu Hamdiyeh on Tuesday led to protests and a general strike across the territory.

Palestine News Network:

Naji Balbisi and Amer nassar, both 17 from the town of Anabta, east of Tulkram, were shot during confrontations with Israeli soldiers at Innab checkpoint, near Tulkarm.

Medical sources said Balbisi’s body was missing for few hours after the clashes with the Israeli soldiers, during which soldiers fired live ammunition at the young protesters.

Balbisi’s body was found at dawn near a house within the area.

This came only hours after Nassar was shot dead at the same checkpoint.

Israeli soldiers shot Nassar directly in his chest with live ammunition and prevented anyone that attempted to help from reaching him; an 18-year-old was shot with live ammunition in his arm while trying to reach Nassar.

In addition, Diya’ Nassar was arrested by Israeli soldiers, for attempting to help Nassar.

Nassar’s body was held for an hour before Israeli soldiers allowed the Red Crescent crews from taking him to a local hospital in Tulkarm.

Jerusalem Post:

According to the IDF, a group of Palestinians attacked a guard station near Tulkarm in the West Bank village of Anabda late Wednesday night and threw Molotov cocktails at it. Soldiers responded with live fire killing two Palestinians. The IDF confirmed both deaths.

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  1. Blownaway on April 4, 2013, 12:06 pm

    Thats what happens when you send an army to do the work of a police force. THough there is no indication the police would have acted any differently

  2. dimadok on April 4, 2013, 1:16 pm

    Protesters do not throw Molotov cocktails.

    • Cliff on April 4, 2013, 2:59 pm

      Get off their land and pay reparations for almost 50 years of abuse and theft and murder.

    • ryan-o on April 4, 2013, 5:36 pm

      “The occupied people has the right to struggle by various means against colonial Powers which suppress their aspirations for freedom and independence”

      http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/RESOLUTION/GEN/NR0/348/86/IMG/NR034886.pdf

      This includes armed and agressive resistance. There are other UN resolution which read similarly. An IDF guard is not a civillian target, they are a military target. An unwelcome military presence occupying another people’s land and undermining their self determination and even basic human rights.

      So when you say protestors do not throw molotov cocktails you allude to this being a simple protest perhaps comparable to one we see in the US such as the occupy protest. It would be unwise for an occupy protestor to throw a molotov cocktail at a policeman here. The situation in question is not comparable, it is more comparable to American militia resisting against the British. The response was also overly lethal and unnecessary. They could have shot the attackers in the arm the same way they ridiculously shot the people coming to assist him in the arm.

    • Blownaway on April 4, 2013, 8:25 pm

      At least 8 unarmed Palestinians have been killed recently. As the spectre of peace talks approach Israel is in a panic trying to do its utmost to prove that Palestinians don’t want peace so they will provoke and provoke as much as they can to make a sick point

    • Avi_G. on April 4, 2013, 10:34 pm

      dimadok says:
      April 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Protesters do not throw Molotov cocktails.

      Why do Israeli forces fire live ammunition at unarmed, peaceful protestors?

      Why do Israeli forces dress up as protesters and then start throwing stones to justify the army shooting at the protestors?

      Why do Israeli forces fire tear gas canisters at the heads of unarmed, peaceful protestors?

      • Cliff on April 5, 2013, 8:53 am

        Check my previous comment toward Dim Duck, Avi.

        He doesn’t believe the Israeli thieves dress up as Arabs as part of undercover operations.

        http://mondoweiss.net/2013/03/impress-palestinians-ramallah.html/comment-page-1#comment-549955

        In one video, the IDF kidnaps a Palestinian kid in broad daylight.

        In one of the other links, there are pictures from an AP blog I think, of IDF dressed up as Palestinians (‘Arabs’ of course to the Zionists).

      • Avi_G. on April 5, 2013, 11:40 am

        Exactly.

        That’s my point to dim, that Israeli forces shoot at protestors regardless of what the protesters are doing.

        Bassem Abu Rahme was shot and killed while he was doing absolutely nothing threatening during a demonstration. There is a video — from multiple angles — of when he was shot and killed. Go see it on Youtube and then tell me he was a threat to anyone.

      • Sumud on April 5, 2013, 10:36 am

        I can tell you why Avi G – Israelis HATE the fact that Palestinians won’t submit to them, even with their tanks and guns and torture.

        I’m sure if you did some digging you’d find all kinds of other subconscious muck about jewish identity and the shoah and knowing that even with new names, a lot of Israelis are foreigners in the Middle East and don’t fit at all.

    • Citizen on April 5, 2013, 9:34 am

      They did, eventually, in the Warsaw Ghetto.

  3. AlGhorear on April 4, 2013, 7:24 pm

    “Protesters do not throw Molotov cocktails.” – Dimadok

    Protesters do throw Molotov cocktails. Just look back at the austerity protests in Greece in 2011. Tens of thousands protested and some threw firebombs, but there was not one shooting and not one death. The same situation happens with frequency around the world, without police having to use lethal violence, yet Israel kills protesters on a regular basis. Is there not one Israeli injustice or crime that you won’t excuse or blame on the victim, Dimadok?

    • ryan-o on April 4, 2013, 8:08 pm

      Same with North Ireland (which somebody tried to compare with Israel and Palestine earlier) now that I think about it. Dimadok was probably pressed for time, I’m sure what they meant to say was:

      “Protesters against our G-d given right to Judea and Samaria do not dare throw Molotov cocktails out of resistance against their divinely entitled messianic owners and somehow not expect to get smited by the wrath of G-d (i.e. shot and killed for resisting G-d’s will)

  4. DICKERSON3870 on April 4, 2013, 10:04 pm

    RE: “Israeli soldiers shot Nassar directly in his chest with live ammunition and prevented anyone that attempted to help from reaching him; an 18-year-old was shot with live ammunition in his arm while trying to reach Nassar.” ~ Palestine News Network

    MY COMMENT: This sounds eerily familiar! “. . . This time, the Israeli army was prepared… When the demonstrators tried to reach the fence…they were shot by sharpshooters… The Palestinians report that people trying to rescue the wounded and retrieve the dead were also shot and killed . . .” ~ Uri Avnery (from below)

    SEE: “Netanyahu: Stupid Like a Fox?”, By Uri Avnery, Antiwar.com, 06/13/11

    [EXCERPT] Last week, there was a repeat performance. The Palestinians all around Israel have declared June 5 “Naksa” Day, to commemorate the “Setback” of 1967, when Israel spectacularly defeated the armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, reinforced by elements from the Iraqi and Saudi armies.
    This time, the Israeli army was prepared. The fence was reinforced and an anti-tank ditch dug in front of it. When the demonstrators tried to reach the fence—again near Majdal Shams—they were shot by sharpshooters. Some 22 were killed, and many dozens were wounded. The Palestinians report that people trying to rescue the wounded and retrieve the dead were also shot and killed.
    No doubt this was a deliberate tactic decided upon in advance by the army command after the Naqba Day fiasco and approved by Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak. As was said quite openly, the Palestinians had to be taught a lesson they would not forget, so as to drive any idea of an unarmed mass action out of their minds. . .

    SOURCE – http://original.antiwar.com/avnery/2011/06/12/netanyahu-stupid-like-a-fox/

  5. southernobserver on April 4, 2013, 10:58 pm

    No shots were fired at the outpost; confirmed in the preliminary report. The IDF was not at risk. The IDF killed two unarmed protestor and seriously wounded people trying to help them. This is significantly worse than say Russia in recent wars. Right up there with north korea and other bastions of freedom.

  6. kalithea on April 5, 2013, 2:22 am

    Weekly genocidal quota – CHECK.

  7. just on April 5, 2013, 8:48 am

    Richard Silverstein has a bit to say:

    “In the aftermath of the death of Palestinian prisoner, Maissara Abu Hamdiyeh, from cancer, unrest spread throughout the West Bank, leading to youth protests against Occupation forces. In one of those protests outside Tulkarem, several teenage boys were throwing rocks at an IDF “pillbox.” In the midst of this, the soldiers manning the position, who hail from an ultra-Orthodox unit known to include many ultra-nationalist settlers, used live fire and killed one of the boys instantly. The others fled, pursued by soldiers who ran out of their fortified position to track them down. In this pursuit of unarmed boys, another was shot and killed by the IDF. He was shot in the back. Yet the soldier who killed him claimed he did so out of fear for his life. You don’t shoot an unarmed boy in the back because you fear for your life.

    The justification offered by the IDF for the killings was that the youths were throwing fire-bombs at them. The only reference I’ve heard from the Palestinian side that supports this is one of the survivors who said that while he was throwing stones, he noted a “bottle” (not a firebomb) next to Amar Nasser’s body. We may presume he intended to use this as a firebomb, but clearly since it was next to his body it hadn’t been thrown. Which means that someone may or may not have thrown firebombs at this position. It may or may not have been one of the murdered boys. The only way to answer the question is for the IDF to release video footage (unedited) of the incident. This will corroborate the army’s story if true.

    Palestinians who attempted to approach Nasser who lay wounded (three bullets in the chest) at the scene were forbidden from doing so. A Palestinian ambulance was prevented from attending to him for 30 minutes, during which he died. Allowing the boy to bleed to death was a deliberate act of murder. The wounded survivor of the group said that he searched for the second boy who died but his body was not found till the next day. This leads him to believe that he was apprehended by the IDF and similarly killed or shot during a pursuit. The fact that no one found his body till the next day is a mystery the IDF should explain.

    The army has also claimed that a lookout told the unit that he had heard weapons fired by Palestinians. Again, we don’t know if there was such a report or whether this is made up after the fact. But even if it there was, the report turned out to be false. As a result, two precious (at least to Palestinians, if not the IDF) lives are lost unnecessarily and the West Bank is thrust to the bring of a third Intifada.

    By the way, can anyone explain to me why there needs to be an IDF presence at this particular location? Why does there need to be any IDF presence on the West Bank in areas populated by Palestinians? Isn’t that why there’s Palestinian security forces? So to all those who will argue in the threads about how heinous it is to attack Israeli soldiers and you get what you deserve if you do so I respond: the existence of IDF position in the West Bank is itself an unnecessary provocation. If the IDF wasn’t there, there would be nothing to protest. If however the IDF wants to provoke Palestinians to violence, then putting its positions right in the midst of Palestinian population centers is a great idea.

    Further, stationing the most extreme of Haredi settler soldiers in such an exposed position is another disaster waiting to happen. What do you expect such a boy to do when faced with Palestinian resistance of even the most limited sort? Do you think he will exercise caution? That he will think of the consequences of his actions? That he will forebear using his weapons to wipe out the perceived threat?

    The IDF has announced an “investigation” of the incident: good luck with that!”

    http://www.richardsilverstein.com/

  8. Citizen on April 5, 2013, 9:39 am

    “According to the IDF,” they threw molotov cocktails, says the JP. Is there another source for what happened? I ask because the IDF has a long history most here are very aware of where it spreads initial lies about an incident that looks negative for Israel, and later, the truth eventually comes out. It’s happened 100s of time in recent years.

    This http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-palestinian-killed-west-bank-clashes-20130403,0,446863.story report shows a pic of a Palestinian youth ready to throw a lit molotov cocktail:

    • annie on April 5, 2013, 11:27 am

      “Palestinian medics said they were kept away from the teen’s body, which was left on open ground, for an extended period before being allowed to take it to Tulkarm hospital.”

      just making sure he was dead first.

      “The body of a second teenager, Naji Balbisi, 17, was found early Thursday near a house in the vicinity of the checkpoint. He had been declared missing after the confrontation with the Israeli soldiers the night before.”

      something odd about that. they probably hunted him down and murdered him.

  9. VickiV on April 5, 2013, 10:34 am

    First of all, why was an extreme Haredi unit stationed in this sensitive area? Secondly, there is no evidence that a Molotov cocktail was thrown. An empty bottle was found near the body of one of the boys — not filled with gas, and not used. The second boy was shot in the back — why were the soldiers “threatened” by someone running in the opposite direction?

  10. Eva Smagacz on April 7, 2013, 7:53 pm

    Amer Nasser wrote a poem in his diary few days before he died:

    Point your bullet where ever you like in my body
    I will die today, but my homeland will live tomorrow
    Be careful, Palestine is a red line.

    He was only seventeen.

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