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.
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.
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)