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Palestinian boy, 13, killed by Israeli forces raiding West Bank village

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Israeli forces raided the West Bank village of Beit Laqiya on Thursday night and shot Bahaa Samir Badir, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy, 3 times in the chest. Badir died 2 hours later at the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Ma’an reports the boy was shot at “close range” and suffered from “severe bleeding”. Haaretz reported the unit’s commander “open fired” killing the boy.


The Israeli military alleges one of their units entered Beit Laqiya “after stones were thrown in the area” according to Haaretz. Which begs the question, who were the targets of the stone throwing before the military unit raided the village? Who reported the alleged stone throwing? According to an Israeli military spokesperson Israeli forces “encountered an illegal riot in Beit Laqiya,” which implies there was a riot or a protest occurring in the village before Israeli military forces arrived.

According to the Israeli army, a unit entered the village after stones were thrown in the area. As the unit left the village, soldiers stepped off their vehicle to repair an unspecified malfunction when Palestinians started hurling firebombs at them, from a distance of about 20 meters, the army said. The unit commander opened fire at the Palestinians, killing the teen.

According to Ma’an “Clashes broke out in the village of Beit Laqiya after news of Badir’s death spread.”

“while they were exiting the village, rioters hurled Molotov cocktails at the forces.”

“They responded to the threat with live fire,” she said, adding: “Reports of a dead Palestinian are being reviewed. There will be military police investigation.”

She added that the Molotov cocktails had posed a “direct threat” to the lives of the soldiers.

The Israeli military police will be investigating the circumstances surrounding the killing of the boy by the Israeli military. These investigations almost never result in any disciplinary action– let alone criminal charges.

The death of Bahaa brings the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank so far this year to 42, in addition to the nearly 2,200 Palestinians slain during Israel’s summer offensive across Gaza.

More than 4,300 Palestinians have also been injured by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank since the beginning of 2014, as well as more than 11,000 during the nearly two-month assault on Gaza.

The West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been under Israeli military occupation since 1967.

Maybe the Israeli military should stop raiding Palestinian villages. This is what occupation looks like.

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 October 16, 2014, 9:12 pm

    Scumbag Israelis being scumbags.

  2. eljay on October 16, 2014, 9:22 pm

    Supremacist “Jewish State” terror forces, operating outside of Israel’s / Partition borders, commit murder. Again.

  3. JLewisDickerson on October 16, 2014, 9:39 pm

    RE: “The Israeli military police will be investigating the circumstances surrounding the killing of the boy by the Israeli military. These investigations almost never result in any disciplinary action– let alone criminal charges.” ~ Annie Robbins

    THAT REMINDS ME: I wonder how much progress Israel has made in the “thorough and transparent investigation” the US State Department said it expects Israel to make* into the videotaped shooting/murder by the Israeli military of the two Palestinian teenagers during the Nakba Day protests outside Ofer prison in the West Bank back on May 15 (six months ago).

    * SEE – “US to Israel: Investigate killing of Palestinian teens”, by Yitzhak Benhorin, ynetnews.com, 5/21/14
    Following release of footage documenting killing of two Palestinians near Ramallah, US State Department spokesperson says US expects Israel to ‘conduct a thorough and transparent investigation’.
    LINK – http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4521979,00.html

    • Kay24 on October 16, 2014, 10:23 pm

      These investigations are just an eye wash. Initially they make official statements saying there will be the usual investigation, then it fizzles out to nothing. No one is held accountable, and they always get away so easily.
      If this was a Jewish kid who was killed, Gazan homes would have been leveled, and many young Palestinians would have been arrested.
      There have been no more reports on the killing of the 2 young kids during the Nakba anniversary. The killers have got away again.
      The brutal occupation and slaughter of innocent children, goes on.

      • Kay24 on October 16, 2014, 10:25 pm

        I meant to say Palestinian homes would have been leveled.

  4. annie on October 16, 2014, 10:52 pm

    the killing of children by the occupation military will resume as it always does. the unit commander who pumped 3 live rounds into the child at “close range” will probably be promoted. another killer will be shielded from culpability and it’s unlikely we will ever even learn his name.

  5. Bob_Salad on October 17, 2014, 1:15 am

    I trust everyone will do their best to keep Bahaa’s image heavily circulated across social media platforms over the coming days.

    Unsuprisingly, it looks like most of the usual msm have note given Bahaa’s murder any coverage, so it looks like it’s on us to remind everyone else that Israel’s penchant for killing children continues.

  6. Steve Macklevore on October 17, 2014, 4:28 am

    Just imagine the effect of this news had the Palestinian resistance forces killed a 13 year old Jewish settler boy!

    I suspect we’d still be hearing about it in 2024.

    • Kay24 on October 17, 2014, 7:49 am

      The US media would have had howling zios, and Congress would have upped the number of weapons for Israel. After all they are under threat from their unarmed neighbors.

      • on October 17, 2014, 9:17 am

        When Israel kills a child, the MSM sees its job as first covering it up by ignoring it and then, if it starts to get some public attention anyway (a rare occurrence), to push the Israeli spin and lies.

        When an Israeli kid is killed by non Jews (also a rare occurrence), the MSM sees its duty as obsessing over this and pointing to it as proof of the savagery of the “Other”.

    • annie on October 17, 2014, 10:29 am

      Just imagine the effect of this news had the Palestinian resistance forces killed a 13 year old Jewish settler boy!

      i already did. and immediately thought of mohammed abu khdeir. there would be lynchings.

  7. Boomer on October 17, 2014, 7:00 am

    Disturbing, but thanks for reporting it. There is so much that is disturbing that is not reported, or is distorted, in the major U.S. media, and by the U.S. government.

  8. amigo on October 17, 2014, 7:07 am

    This story was reported in the Irish times today.There has been a notable shift in the Irish times reporting of the Palestinian/Israeli turkey shoot.For years we were treated to one sided pro Israel crap as reported by Mark Weiss who it is thought is an illegal settler.However since Protective Slaughter , the other side of the story is now getting through.Haven,t heard from Mark Weiss for quite some time.Fingers crossed.This is progress.

    Now wait for the Israeli Embassy to whimper and whine about unbalanced reporting by the IT.This after years of pro Israel propaganda dished up by Zionists.

  9. Bumblebye on October 17, 2014, 9:49 am

    It’s made the Guardian too.

    Peculiar that in this day and age the Israelis never ever seem to have a camera with them. If there was an ounce of truth to their claims of stones or molotovs you’d think they’d want to document it on film. But it was almost certainly just a trigger happy racist murdering thug applying a death sentence for the crime of breathing while Palestinian.

    • annie on October 17, 2014, 10:47 am

      If there was an ounce of truth to their claims of stones or molotovs you’d think they’d want to document it on film.

      the claim of stone throwing is continually used as a pretext to raid villages and detain, torture and arrest children. if there were molotovs thrown as a result of the invasion it would not surprise me. what is screamingly noticeable to me is that thus far, there has not been one suggestion by any of the occupation spokespeople that the boy who was murdered was participating in any form of attack or violence. he could have just been standing there.

      plus the discrepancy between 2 seemingly contradictory features of the reports. military spokespeople claim the ‘firebomb attack’ came “from a distance of about 20 meters” but reports after the child died (unstated whether it was from witnesses or medical staff) was that he was shot at “close range”. if both these statements were true it would mean the boy was not the thrower, not the attacker.

      as far as i know, “close range” is not 20 meters. if the boy was shot at close range he must have been very close to the soldiers. “open fire” at “close range” with live ammunition sounds more like brazen slaughter. it would be unusual to mistake a 13 year old child for an adult.
      the implications are grotesque.

      • amigo on October 17, 2014, 12:41 pm

        “the claim of stone throwing is continually used as a pretext to raid villages and detain, torture and arrest children. “Annie Robbins

        Aaaand, get a violent reaction and hope Israel will return to being seen as the eternal victim of the Arab Monsters.

        “it would be unusual to mistake a 13 year old child for an adult.
        the implications are grotesque.” Annie Robbins

        Israel could care less what age a Palestinian is.

        “On Monday (July 7) Shaked quoted this on her Facebook page:

        “Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.”

        http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/07/16/371556/israel-must-kill-all-palestinian-mothers/

        The beacon to the world and light unto the nations, eh.

      • annie on October 17, 2014, 1:59 pm

        Israel could care less what age a Palestinian is.

        oh i don’t believe that. especially in the WB they target children. and how could one not notice they target exceptionally attractive children. unless all palestinian kids just happen to be unusually goodlooking. for example, those nakba day assassinations? look at those boys for heavens sakes! a coincidence? i don’t think so. they target children. and sometimes they lay in wait like the killing of 14 year old Yusef a-Shawamreh. children killing children! there’s a sick hunger games quality to it. remember most of these soldiers are very young, so they see their counterparts as prey. that’s my opinion anyway. i’ve seen it over and over and over. sure, they strategically target adults who are threats to them like Hashem Abu Maria who worded for Defense of Children International-Palestine http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/israeli-solidarity-village but the majority of killings are young people.

  10. CloakAndDagger on October 17, 2014, 12:51 pm

    ЯɘbЯum

    • annie on October 17, 2014, 1:49 pm

      huh?

      • CloakAndDagger on October 17, 2014, 2:30 pm

        From “The Shining” with Jack Nicholson (mirror image of “murder”).

      • CloakAndDagger on October 17, 2014, 2:34 pm

        More obvious in caps: ЯƎᗡ ЯUM

        The boy was chanting: Red Rum, Red Rum

      • annie on October 17, 2014, 2:57 pm

        oh thanks. i forgot. just watched the clip again…

    • amigo on October 18, 2014, 8:03 am

      Reply to Annie upthread.

      “oh i don’t believe that. especially in the WB they target children.” Annie.

      Annie , you must have misinterpreted what I said.I meant that Israel doesn,t give a damn what age a Palestinian is.They shoot them because they,(Palestinians) are there and because they (Israelis) get away with it.

      • annie on October 18, 2014, 12:05 pm

        They shoot them because they,(Palestinians) are there and because they (Israelis) get away with it.

        amigo, maybe i am more sensitive to the deaths of children and teens and therefore it’s just what i see. i’m thinking of one of my old reports where the video, a scene captured from a settlement tower of a bunch of young soldiers pouncing on a boy and beating the crap out of him, arresting him and holdinh him for 30 days claiming he threw stones. he was released when the video proved his innocents. it’s just what i see way to much. like this photo:

        http://mondoweiss.net/2013/02/israels-changing-image

        so while i understand your sentiments, i do think they target youth. and when you look at history and how conquerers conquer and ethnic cleanse there are patterns of taking out leaders in society, teachers and artists and sometimes the young. i think there’s a pattern of israelis targeting youth more. it’s just my personal opinion.

        here’s another example from yesterday: http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=733762

        JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A mob of Jewish men assaulted a young Palestinian on Friday evening while he was working at a hotel in Jerusalem in an attack apparently motivated by racial hate, the victim’s father told Ma’an.

        Faysal Azzam told Ma’an that 11 “extremist” Jews yelling racial epithets attacked his son Muhammad, 20, at his place of work at the Rimonim Shalom Hotel in West Jerusalem.

        …..

        After verbally assaulting him, they attacked him with steel bars and tried to strangle him using a piece of rope, Azzam added.

        The attack took place on the 8th floor, he said, adding that his son was rescued by security guards who heard his screams from the fourth floor.

        young people are targeted more. more by soldiers and more by settlers. so, i think they do care more. kill em while they’re young.

  11. concernedhuman on October 17, 2014, 12:59 pm

    What can you say “The most moral army of the world”?!!

    The 13 year old kid was not running away showing his back he was shot in his chest by heavily armed SS IDF Guards.

    No army of the world can kill children like IDF does !!!

    Where the hell is so called INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ?? BASTARDS

  12. Bornajoo on October 17, 2014, 2:11 pm

    They didn’t murder an innocent 13 year old boy. They simply exterminated some lowly animal, just like treading on a cockroach. So simple and easy. Nobody feels anything, they hardly bother with the paperwork anymore. The killer is probably boasting about how good a shot he is over some beers with his friends. After all, excellent shooting, right through the heart I understand

    Once the process of dehumanisation takes place everything is possible.

    Bastards

    • lysias on October 17, 2014, 3:59 pm

      I just watched a British movie about the Rwandan genocide, Beyond the Gates. It shows how Hutu propaganda called the Tutsis “cockroaches” before and during the genocide.

  13. just on October 17, 2014, 6:42 pm

    That murdered child could be my father, my brother, my nephew, my uncle, my child.

    RIP.

  14. Talkback on October 17, 2014, 9:21 pm

    As long as they don’t gas Jews they can’t be Nazis, right?

  15. annie on October 17, 2014, 11:29 pm

    so sad. i mourn for his family what they must be going thru right now. a perfectly beautiful boy in the prime of his youth senselessly murdered by an occupation military of professional killers.

    • just on October 18, 2014, 10:26 am

      I join you in mourning this beautiful child of Palestine.

      • annie on October 18, 2014, 10:42 am

        just, did you see the tweet i added to the article above? crushing, his twin brother.

      • just on October 18, 2014, 11:17 am

        No, I had not Annie.

        How does/can the twin beautiful boy say goodbye to his mirror image?
        To himself?

        It’s beyond murder– it’s genocide.

  16. RobertB on October 18, 2014, 12:03 pm

    Thousands Attend Funeral of Slain Palestinian Child

    Friday October 17, 2014

    Al-Aqsa restrictions force thousands into streets for prayer

    In the central West Bank village of Beit Laqiya, this Friday, thousands of people attended the funeral of 13-year-old Bahaa Samir Badir, who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Thursday. Further restrictions imposed on al-Aqsa Mosque have forced thousands of people into the streets of occupied East Jerusalem for Friday prayer.

    The funeral procession began at the Palestine Medical Complex, following Friday prayers, in nearby Ramallah, heading towards the al-Shuhada cemetery, where the boy’s body was buried.

    http://www.imemc.org/article/69422

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