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Autopsy reveals Nakba Day protester killed by live ammunition

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Nadim Nuwara

The body of Palestinian teenager Nadim Nuwara, 17, killed by Israeli live fire on Nakba Day, was exhumed on Wednesday. At the request of the Nawara family an autopsy was performed witnessed by an international group of pathologists which revealed Nuwara was killed by a live bullet.

ReutersPalestinians: autopsy shows live bullet killed teen during anti-Israel protest:

The Palestinian attorney-general said on Thursday an autopsy has found that a live bullet killed a Palestinian teenager in an incident that a human rights group has termed a possible Israeli war crime.

“A fragment from a live bullet was found inside the body of the martyr,” Abdel-Ghani Al-A’wewy told Reuters after the autopsy on Wednesday of Nadim Nuwara, 17.

The autopsy confirms the report by CNN showing that Nuwara was hit by live fire.

The “human rights group” mentioned by Al-A’wewy was likely referencing the report Israel: Killing of Children Apparent War Crime, recently issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) concluding the killings of Nadim Nawareh and Mohammed Salameh were caused by live ammunition and that the act of Israeli soldiers willfully killing Palestinians, as part of the occupation, is a war crime:

“The willful killing of civilians by Israeli security forces as part of the occupation is a war crime,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director. “Israel has a responsibility to prosecute the forces who targeted these teens, and also those responsible for assigning the use of live ammunition to police a demonstration.”

……Offenses committed by Israeli security forces as part of the occupation, such as deliberate attacks on civilians, would be subject to prosecution under international humanitarian law as war crimes. Israeli forces have repeatedly shot Palestinians who posed no imminent threat with live ammunition during similar protests, including at an April 4 demonstration in the same location, and the Israeli military has a poor record of bringing soldiers to justice for such acts, Human Rights Watch said.

The autopsy was conducted by the chief pathologist of the Palestinian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Dr. Saber al-Aloul. The Nawara family, Al Haq, Defense for Children International-Palestine, and Physicians for Human Rights requested the attendance of international observers. Coordinated by B’Tselem they included forensic pathologists from the U.S. and Denmark, as well as two from Israel’s Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in Tel Aviv.

This autopsy should put a nail in the coffin of the blatant, hurtful lies promulgated in world fora by Israeli officials and their compliant friends in the Israeli and the US media:

Within a week Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren was on CNN suggesting that not only was live-fire not the cause, but the youths may not even be dead. It was a deliberate act of misinformation to construct ambiguity surrounding the killings. An invention of Pallywood, a drama staged by the Palestinian people to wrangle the world to their side, he said. And sides are what matters now as the battle over sovereignty for the West Bank is being fought on the international stage with the BDS movement on one end, and Scarlett Johansson and Oren on the other. 

But these are not normal times. I.e., there will likely be no repercussions for the willful killings of these children.

(Hat tip Kay24)

Annie Robbins

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  1. just on June 13, 2014, 9:48 am

    “This autopsy should put a nail in the coffin of the blatant, hurtful lies promulgated in world fora by Israeli officials and their compliant friends in the Israeli and the US media”

    It should. Will it silence the lies of some here who have spewed the same? Will they apologize? Will they even care?

    I hope that this is the beginning of holding Israel accountable for its innumerable crimes. These were murders/assassinations. Not the first and second– there have been many before.

    Blessings to the families & friends of these murdered teens.

  2. Dutch on June 13, 2014, 10:45 am

    In case folks have not seen this Avaaz-petition, and the extremely moving letter from Nadim Nuwara’s father that accompanies it.

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Secretary_of_State_John_Kerry_EU_Foreign_Affairs_Chief_Catherine_Ashton_an_As_citizens_from_across_the_world_we_call_on_/?mxbedbb

  3. amigo on June 13, 2014, 12:30 pm

    Well , well , well.

    Didn,t Zach S post 27 times denying any and all of this evidence.Check his archives
    for that day.

    Now, when he is reminded he tries to slither out by accusing others of changing the subject.

    Zach s , as long as you keep posting your lies and denials here , someone will be reminding you that you are a liar and apologist for war crimes.

    The same goes for club mehane , et al.

    • Shingo on June 13, 2014, 5:55 pm

      Where’s MY1 who also wrote this off as Palywood?

    • Ron Edwards on June 14, 2014, 10:24 am

      BrianEsker is also notably silent here.

      • DaBakr on June 14, 2014, 10:06 pm

        I never put much stock in this being a Palestinian ‘conspiracy’. It doesn’t add up. There are a few mysterious elements to the case but that in itself doesnt point to this being orchestrated. If these kids were shot by IDF then they should be brought to trial.
        And to those that think this is another ‘Dura’ incident I would say if the goal was to incite violence or a larger protest-it certainly did not accomplish this and reports from MW and others are that these two deaths were met more by despondency then outrage. I would think if Fatah were involved there would have been a more organized response which I see no evidence of. -And if the 3 Israeli kids are linked somehow-it is more of the same tit-for-tat not evidence of a conspiracy. So far-the only conspiracy I can see is that nobody has determined where the bullet came from.
        (also-one odd thing is the whole and unscathed bullet produced by the father from the backpack can not be the same bullet from which a fragment was pulled from the exhumed body. Not sure what that was about but still. hopefully-forensics will determine something more definitive.)

  4. a blah chick on June 13, 2014, 12:57 pm

    This won’t stop the lies because they’re just say the kids shouldn’t be out there throwing rocks. Then we will get the line that “stones can kill,” though it is interesting that in all the years Jews have been throwing rocks at demonstrations the forces of law and order have managed to kill not a single one.

  5. Kay24 on June 13, 2014, 5:16 pm

    What Michael Oren said and did was unbecoming of a high level diplomat. His first instinct was to cast doubt on this killing, and make the victim looked like the villain.
    A common reaction by the apologists, whenever it’s terrorists in uniform murder unarmed civilians. Before these two poor kids were killed, we saw the same reaction from the apartheid nation, when a Jordanian judge was brutally killed at a checkpoint. The lies that seem to come automatically, and easily, to the criminals, were heard at that time too, and the (unarmed) victim was even accused of attacking armed thugs too (ironic the video tapes never surfaced).
    I have never seen such a nation of liars, no wonder a world leader was heard calling Bibi a liar on a live microphone! It is in their nature to lie to the world.

    • Shingo on June 13, 2014, 5:56 pm

      I too am looking forward to Wolf Blitzer grilling over this and his denial that the youth in question was killed at all.

      • a blah chick on June 13, 2014, 6:25 pm

        Oh, they’ll have something else to talk about. Seems that 3 Israeli teens (one of them American!) are missing in the West Bank and feared kidnapped. The speculation is that it is the work of Palestinian “militants.”

        Oren is no doubt lining up the interviews as we speak.

      • Kay24 on June 13, 2014, 6:36 pm

        There is no point Shingo, the zionist media, especially Wolf Blitzer (one time AIPAC reporter, Jerusalem post, and worked in Tel Aviv for Reuters) will NEVER confront, follow up, or question any Israeli or pro Israeli minion, for the lies or inaccuracies they utter, when they are interviewed.
        Any conflict that goes on between I/P, you may notice only the Israeli side is interviewed, and they are able to spew any lie, like Oren did, and get away with it. This has gone on for years, that is why the American people have been brainwashed into thinking the occupier is the victim in all this.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on June 13, 2014, 6:04 pm

      I agree. But it’s par for the course for Israeli ‘diplomats’.

      I will never forget how, after the second Qana massacre, some Israeli ‘diplomat’ at the UN essentially said that Hizballah had staged the whole thing, ie, that they had murdered sleeping Lebanese children in order to frame poor little Israel. That is disgraceful talk which goes well beyond diplomatic discourse, even during war time.

      If anyone ever suggested that Israelis ever staged the killing of Israeli children for propaganda purposes, there would be a huge scandal, with talk of ‘blood libel’ and of course ‘anti-semitism’ flung around. But it’s quite OK for Israelis to slur Arabs in this manner, despite abundant evidence proving them wrong. It’s the kind of casual racism which goes unchallenged when it comes to Arabs.

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