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Ignoring Human Rights Watch report, NYT suggests 15-year-old goaded Israeli soldiers who killed him

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Jalazoun camp

Jalazoun camp

Isabel Kershner reports for the New York Times on a strike by UN relief workers in the West Bank that is stoking tensions inside Palestinian refugee camps.

Outside the [Jalazoun] camp’s main entrance, youths were throwing stones, goading Israeli soldiers among the olive trees between the camp and a nearby Jewish settlement. Some were masked and swinging slingshots. Near this same spot a few days into the strike, Wajih al-Ramahi, 15, from Jalazoun, was fatally shot in the back by an Israeli soldier.

Kershner of course makes no reference to a Human Rights Watch report on this case, released two weeks ago, January 5. This states the boy’s proximity to a school:

No evidence has been presented by the Israeli authorities that a 15-year-old boy fatally shot in the back by Israeli soldiers near his school on December 9, 2013, posed any threat to life that would justify such a killing. It was the second incident involving the lethal shooting of a child in the back by Israeli forces deployed near a school in 2013…

The evidence obtained by Human Rights Watch is inconclusive as to whether [Wajih] al-Ramahi, who was shot in an area between the school and a market, had joined Palestinian youths nearby who were throwing stones toward the soldiers, but the soldiers were approximately 200 meters away and not at any risk of being hit by stones, the witnesses said…

According to medical sources and photographs of the body seen by Human Rights Watch, al-Ramahi had a bullet wound in his back and no exit-wound. The lack of an exit-wound is consistent with statements that the bullet was fired from an assault rifle at considerable distance from al-Ramahi.

There was no apparent justification for the use of live ammunition, Human Rights Watch said. International standards on the use of firearms in policing situations stipulate that lethal force may be used only as a last resort when strictly necessary to protect life.

Jodi Rudoren reported the case more fairly in December: 

In a separate episode, Colonel Lerner said that following reports in the Palestinian news media, Israel’s military advocate general had ordered an investigation into the death of a Palestinian teenager on Saturday in the West Bank.

According to Reuters, a Palestinian man said that his 15-year-old son was killed by Israeli soldiers near Ramallah in an unprovoked shooting on Saturday. The father, Wajdi al-Ramahy, said that soldiers guarding a nearby settlement shot his son Wajih just after he left a grocery store.

Colonel Lerner said that Israeli soldiers had been in the area trying to stop stone-throwing but that it was unclear whether their operations were connected to the teenager’s death.

In a statement about the shooting, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority blamed Israel for what he called a “cold-blooded assassination” and said that it was destructive to the peace process, Reuters reported.

More on Kershner’s report from Jalazoun camp. It begins with these sentences:

“The children roaming the alleys of this Palestinian refugee camp north of Ramallah have been out of school for seven weeks. Food distribution is at a standstill, as are the camp’s regular health services. This crowded, concrete warren of roughly 15,000 residents is seething with anger.”

Last week a friend from the subcontinent who had visited Israel and Palestine told me that she had never observed “other”-ing at such a profound level. This NYT report, by an Israeli, would seem to demonstrate the problem: Palestinian “children roaming the alleys” of a “warren” “seething with anger,” youths “goading Israeli soldiers” who are “among the olive trees between the camp and a nearby Jewish settlement.” The anger, violence, poverty, uncivilized, animal-like behavior is Palestinian, while the Israelis are just soldiers (implying legitimate government order) protecting a settlement. No reason to consider that the soldiers or the Jewish settlers could be racist or aggressive, with a monopoly of arms enforcing expansionist, discriminatory policies.

Thanks to an anonymous friend, who contributed to this post.

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  1. Cliff
    Cliff
    January 21, 2014, 3:16 pm

    Kershner is a […] propagandist for the Israeli government.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      Maximus Decimus Meridius
      January 21, 2014, 3:57 pm

      I bet Kershner would be shocked to hear herself described thusly. I honestly think she genuinely isn’t aware of how nasty her writing sounds. I don’t think she goes out of her way to do this. I don’t think she sits down at her computer and says ”Hmmm….. how can I dehumanise Palestinians as much as possible? Oh yes, ‘warrens’. That’ll do!”. I think she is just so deeply steeped in a culture which sees Israel as inherently noble and civilised, and Palestinians, and all Arabs, as violent, otherwordly, and not quite human.

      And in a way, that’s much worse than being a shill for hire.

      • just
        just
        January 21, 2014, 4:19 pm

        I think I understand your point, but what is she if not a “shill for hire”?

        She’s no journalist, that is for sure. She does the people of the US and the world an enormous disservice by being “so deeply steeped in a culture” that she excuses cold- blooded murder by the “inherently noble and civilised” people and government that she is making paragons of virtue on her computer and with her byline.

        This MSM hasbara must be called out and demolished.

        Cull it.

        Thanks you, Phil.

    • Talkback
      Talkback
      January 21, 2014, 6:38 pm

      The anger, violence, poverty, uncivilized, animal-like behavior is Palestinian, while the Israelis are just soldiers (implying legitimate government order) protecting a settlement. No reason to consider that the soldiers or the Jewish settlers could be racist or aggressive, with a monopoly of arms enforcing expansionist, discriminatory policies.

      Nothing else to expect from the New York Stuermer

  2. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    Maximus Decimus Meridius
    January 21, 2014, 3:32 pm

    Those poor occupation soldiers, having to put up with children ‘goading’ them as they’re just going about their business of protecting state-sponsored land thieves.

    And there are people out there who seriously think this bunch of mummy’s boys are going to take on Iran? What a joke.

  3. just
    just
    January 21, 2014, 3:40 pm

    The IOF and the NYT– another ‘marriage’ made in hell.

    It’s only the IOF that can shoot people in the back and be entirely innocent. No investigation, no doubt, no punishment.

    But rock wielding youth in “warrens” (um– animals live in warrens) are immediately adjudged as guilty. It’s blame the victim 24/7 @ the NYT and in Ya’alon’s creep- filled IOF.

  4. radii
    radii
    January 21, 2014, 3:42 pm

    the U.S. has all kinds of similar incidents now (ever since 9/11) where the police radically over-react … some poor homeless kid in his 20s was beaten to death in a Southern California beach community while he called out for his father to help him and just the other day an elderly man was tackled and manhandled (and injured) for jaywalking … you because t e r r o r i s m

  5. justicewillprevail
    justicewillprevail
    January 21, 2014, 4:27 pm

    Absolutely disgraceful, racist rubbish. This is not reporting, but propagandising, a press release on behalf of the Israeli government, an occupying, corrupting force in a country which does not belong to them. No surprise, of course, but how people can be so utterly spineless and ignorant as to submit this kind of trash is beyond me. But I daresay she is handsomely rewarded for her stenography.

  6. seafoid
    seafoid
    January 21, 2014, 5:10 pm

    “There was no apparent justification for the use of live ammunition, Human Rights Watch said”

    Human Rights Watch doesn’t run Hasbara 4.0. I bet they don’t even speak Hebrew so how can they understand the memes?
    If so called Palestinians want to live in Erez Israel they can only do so subject to “Jewish Law”.
    They are fodder for IDF snipers and they have no rights whatsoever.
    Thus spoke the Lord .

  7. Citizen
    Citizen
    January 21, 2014, 5:13 pm

    Not unrelated, watch this cartoon video made by Gaza kids who suffered OP Cast Lead:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wld2TIbUfWM

    I hope Goldstone’s happy he dissed his own report on this subject because he didn’t want to be shunned by the Jewish community.

    • Mike_Konrad
      Mike_Konrad
      January 21, 2014, 8:12 pm

      I hope Goldstone’s happy he dissed his own report on this subject because he didn’t want to be shunned by the Jewish community.

      Social ostracism can be a very powerful tool. Until you walk in his shoes, do not condemn him.

      • Eva Smagacz
        Eva Smagacz
        January 21, 2014, 10:40 pm

        “Social ostracism can be a very powerful tool. Until you walk in his shoes, do not condemn him”

        Goldberg had power and standing to make life and death difference – as in preventing loss of life of many Palestinians.
        He chose to sell out on his principles, damage his own standing in wider society and virtually get finished academically and politically, because of social ostracism? What, they would not let him join in family banter about 5000 year-old superiority of Jews over Gentiles? He would be turned down for dinners with Abe Foxman and membership of a temple with Israel flags raised above the ark, higher than ten commandments ? Family would not let him see his nephew grow to be grand tribal loyalist (aka racist supremacist) rather than principled humanitarian?
        Oh what cruel deprivations!
        Makes you wonder if he fondly considers that blood of children killed in Gaza in years after Cast Lead was worth it being considered member of the Reich – sorry race -sorry tribe.
        I do condemn him. It is telling that you do not.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        January 21, 2014, 11:57 pm

        Every once in a while I get fed up and let loose and call this web site or more specifically the comments section to be a cesspool of Jew hatred. This post by Eva almost tempts me to let loose. But instead let this just serve as a bookmark for me of yet another remark by yet another person here in the comments section that I’m sure can be falsely defended as mere anti Zionism, but in fact on face value seems pretty pure Jew hatred.

      • Ron Edwards
        Ron Edwards
        January 22, 2014, 12:33 am

        If Jewish people were oppressed, discriminated against, displaced, imprisoned, tortured, murdered, then you get to be a sniffer-out of (your term) Jew hatred.

        That has indeed been the case in the past, in Europe for a very long time, and as I see it, also to a lesser extent in the shorter history of the U.S.

        None of that is the case now. None of it. Now, you speak from outrageous privilege, not from testimonial, not from witness to oppression and hatred. The outrageously privileged do not get to “sniff out” hatred and define what is and is not tolerable from those who criticize them. Nor do the criticizers need to consider their feelings.

        Another point: the improved and in fact entirely repaired condition of Jewish people in Europe and in the U.S. as well did not and does not emerge from the existence of Israel in its current form. What Israel accomplishes is the special outrageousness, an unacceptable addendum to the welcome removal of discrimination and worse against Jewish people, an addendum seized by those who relish it and socially engineered it into a propagandized populace.

        If you actually cared about Jewish people and about both the legacy of horror and the present-day of inclusion, then you would campaign for BDS.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        January 22, 2014, 4:40 am

        @ Ron

        The Zionists want to have their cake and eat it. They want to be privileged insiders and they want to be seen as so vulnerable they require special protection as well as opt outs from international law. Michael Bloomberg needs Israel in case he runs out of money.
        There is a very interesting story brewing in England. Nicolas Anelka is a footballing legend, the lynchpin of his team, the goalscorer. He made a quenelle gesture after a goal a few weeks ago and hell broke out. The team sponsor is a company owned by a Jewish businessman. He gave an ultimatum – drop the player or lose the sponsorship. They chose the latter. Brown people owe Zionism NOTHING.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        January 22, 2014, 4:44 am

        @ yonah fredman
        Did you bookmark the video clip those children of Gaza made? What’s the special name of the hatred revealed there that can be falsely defended as mere defense of Israel?

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        January 22, 2014, 1:42 pm

        Yonah, you are out of your mind. Nothing in Eva’s statement is “Jew hatred.” She is clearly responding to the despicable spectacle of those in the zionist community who blackmailed Goldberg, and his cowardly act of “retraction” and clearly noting the irony that they did that by threatening his place in his religious community, while they, by their acts, have done so much harm to the sanctity of that religion, forsaking the divine for a political state.

      • libra
        libra
        January 22, 2014, 2:23 pm

        yonah fredman: Every once in a while I get fed up…

        A Palestinian youth is killed but the real victim is poor yonah.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        January 22, 2014, 7:12 pm

        Ron Edwards- Oh, good to know that you’re the one who hands out (or is there a fee?) licenses to sniff out Jew hatred. (As if when standing next to a pile of feces there is any need to sniff out something that is penetrating your nostrils in any case.)

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        January 22, 2014, 7:19 pm

        Seafoid- I take it that you think the quenelle is an innocuous gesture.

      • talknic
        talknic
        January 22, 2014, 8:14 pm

        yonah fredman “Oh, good to know that you’re the one who hands out (or is there a fee?) licenses to sniff out Jew hatred”

        Uh?

        “As if when standing next to a pile of feces there is any need to sniff out something that is penetrating your nostrils in any case”

        A pile of feces like an allegedly ‘peace loving neighbour’ who after being given gratis over half a territory, then sets about to illegally acquire more and more of it against the basic tenet of Judaism not to coveting other people’s property, starting wars, while occupying, illegally annexing, illegally settling, breaking the law, the UN Charter, slaughtering people who resist, smearing & falsely accusing (also against the basic tenets of Judaism) those who speak out and while falsely crying victim? Yes, I know what you mean, it’s the classic behaviour of a serial abuser.

      • talknic
        talknic
        January 22, 2014, 12:59 am

        @ Mike_Konrad >“Social ostracism can be a very powerful tool. Until you walk in his shoes, do not condemn him”

        Any Jew who opposes Israel’s coveting of and illegal acquisition of non-Jewish territory has walked in those shoes.

      • eljay
        eljay
        January 22, 2014, 8:52 pm

        >> Oh, good to know that you’re the one who hands out (or is there a fee?) licenses to sniff out Jew hatred.

        Since Jews get free pass to sniff out Jew hatred and call Gentiles out on it, do Gentiles get free pass to sniff out Gentile hatred and call Jews out on it?

        >> (As if when standing next to a pile of feces there is any need to sniff out something that is penetrating your nostrils in any case.)

        The funky smell in the crowded elevator isn’t always someone else’s fault.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        January 22, 2014, 4:36 am

        @ Mike_Konrad
        Did you watch the linked video, and hear the narrative voice? Did you walk in those children’s’ shoes in Gaza? You would feel sympathy for whoever turned in Anne Frank’s hiding place so as not to be shunned by their community?

  8. Balfour
    Balfour
    January 21, 2014, 8:50 pm

    Palestinian “children roaming the alleys” of a “warren” “seething with anger,” youths “goading Israeli soldiers” …what’s the most moral army in world to do?

  9. AlGhorear
    AlGhorear
    January 21, 2014, 9:19 pm

    Thanks, Citizen. That’s an incredibly moving story of what these poor children suffered!

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