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Last week,police shot Muhammad Jamal Ubeid when he stood outside his home in Issawiyah in “East Jerusalem”. A sponge bullet for demonstration dispersal hit him under his eye.

Ubeid is 5 years old. This is how he looks.

Mohammad Jamal Ubeid

Muhammad Jamal Ubeid

A month earlier, on November 14th, the IDF shot Mayar Amran Twafic al-Natsheh in her head with a rubber-coated metal bullet, while she was riding in her grandfather’s car, together with her grandmother, her mother, and one of her brothers, in the Shufat refugee camp. She was severely hurt and her skull was fractured.

al-Natsheh is a 10 year old girl.

A day earlier in al-Issawiya, on November 13th, IDF shot Saleh Mahmoud in his face. A sponge bullet for demonstration dispersal hit him between his eyes.

Mahmoud is an 11 year old boy. He lost his eyesight. This is how he looks.

Saleh Mahmoud

Saleh Mahmoud

Two months earlier, on September 7th, Mohammed Sunukrut died after having been clinically dead for a week. Border Patrol shot him in the head with a sponge bullet for demonstration dispersal on August 31st in the Wadi Joz neighborhood in “East Jerusalem”.

Sunukrut was a 16 year old boy. He died of brain hemorrhage resulting from a broken skull caused by the impact of the bullet. This is how he looked.

Mohammed Sunukrut

Mohammed Sunukrut

Mohammed Sunukrut apparently hadn’t heard that sponge bullets are defined as non-lethal ammunition. He also must have not known that recently Jerusalem police has introduced a new and more lethal type of sponge bullets (black colored) after Border Patrol officers complained that the previously used type (blue colored) is not enough of a deterrent.

On November 11th the IDF shot Muhammad Jawabreh, 19 years old, while he was in his home in the al-Arob refugee camp, north-east of Hebron. Two hours earlier he took part in clashes at the entrance to the camp, and having been hurt in his leg he returned home. A B’tselem investigation revealed  that Jawabreh was standing on the second floor in his home and had some tea when a single bullet, shot by soldiers from a nearby roof, came in through a window and hit him in the chest. He died within a few minutes.

The shooting was without warning and without an apparent reason. Contrary to the account of the military, Jawabreh was not involved in the clashes while he was shot but was rather at his home. The soldiers who looked for weapons in his home found nothing. There is no way to describe this event other than as cold-blooded murder.

On the night of the same day, between the 11th and the 12th of November, Ahmad Hasunah, 20 years old, went outside his house in the village of Bitunya to take out the trash. Soldiers who awaited him behind the trash cans shot him without any warning. He was hit by 4 bullets in the waist and thighs and was gravely injured. Afterwards the soldiers went up to his house and confiscated the video equipment which stored the surveillance footage of the surroundings of the house, including apparently footage of the shooting. The IDF is playing it safe, not wanting a repeat of the previous embarrassment in Bitunya, when a Border Patrol officer murdered two young men and was implicated using surveillance footage. Lessons are drawn at the IDF.

The force operating in Bitunya (Zone A) was apparently looking for someone else; the house dwellers were asked about the whereabouts of someone named Samer, but there was no Samer. Half an hour later the soldiers arrested the resident of a nearby house and took him away. The IDF’s account, according to which Hasunah tried to escape, is entirely unsubstantiated. In any case it was not alleged that he put the soldiers at risk and the fact that he was not questioned following the shooting indicates that he was not a suspect.

Hasunah is hospitalized with a spine injury; it is not known whether he will be able to walk.

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The Jews have coalitions to assemble, the Arabs have stray (or non-stray) bullets in the head. The criminals will not be prosecuted, many more children will become disabled. Israeli routine. Sorry for the interruption.

 This post first appeared on Idan Landau’s blog, in Hebrew. Fuel the Momentum

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12 Responses

  1. Kris on December 29, 2014, 4:29 pm

    Thank you for this horrifying article.

    “Sponge bullet” sounds so harmless, like a Nerf ball thrown hard enough to sting, but these photos show that “sponge bullets” kill and maim.

    Palestinian children killed, wounded, blinded, by Jewish Israelis intent on ethnic cleansing and land theft. I can’t even imagine the grief and despair that the Palestinians have been forced to endure every single day for so many decades.

    • amigo on December 29, 2014, 9:54 pm

      These young Palestinians won,t be among the lucky 37, (see other thread) Well , not at least until the scars are healed. Wouldn,t want those kind , loving zionist Israelis to have to try winning the hearts of these children and look at their heroes handiwork at the same time.Why , that would be inconsiderate. Maybe even antisemitic.

      • CigarGod on December 30, 2014, 9:19 am

        Another opportunity for a little jujitsu move.
        These kids(future leaders) should be offered for the israeli propaganda program…in front of the worlds press.

  2. SQ Debris on December 29, 2014, 8:40 pm

    Who knows what these “sponge bullet” things really are. Back in the day the IDF cavorted about doing their “plastic bullet” dance. The things contained a lot of zinc, not plastic, When fired with a heavy powder load they exploded on contact with bone, inducing a shattering effect on extremities as well as extensive organ damage if they hit rib or pelvis. You’d hear the IDF spokeshog kvelling that “We only used plastic bullets, which aren’t fatal when shot from 70 meters.” Somehow hundreds died from those”plastic bullets.” The funny thing is I haven’t ever met a kid that could chuck a rock of any size 70 meters. Which means that the soldiers were a lot closer than that when they shot the kids. If it has bullet in the name, and the IDF uses it, it is a killing projectile. Even “rubber bullets” kill when shot from short range. It’s all a game of words and death. Any credulity of the innocent names the IDF tags these things with is tantamount to complicity. These kids were shot. Period. The shooter’s definitions are irrelevant.

  3. Williammbrooks on March 10, 2015, 3:32 am

    Rubber bullets were meant to be fired below waist level, to reduce the risk of lethal injury. If fired too low, rubber bullets would ricochet uncontrollably from the ground. The plastic bullet could be fired directly at targets. It was intended to be a projectile of similar effect on its target as the rubber bullet, but with less risk of ricochet and less risk of serious injury or death. For any future writing works you can use this review for better support.

  4. kkkkay on March 27, 2015, 2:01 pm

    Omg, what is wrong with this world? People are people first of all, and then they are muslims or christians, white or black… I was surfing the net searching for information concerning Arab–Israeli conflict for my essay and found this horrifying story. By the way, if you also came here occasionally and need professional assistance in writing, I can recommend you minions service.

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  6. echinococcus on March 13, 2016, 11:53 am

    The Jews have coalitions to assemble, the Arabs have stray (or non-stray) bullets in the head

    Considering that you study linguistics, it would be a good thing, semantically speaking, to call things by the name that most applies to the specific purpose of the utterance.
    “Arabs” are all over 2+ continents. Palestinians may be a subset of the Arabs, but that is not relevant to their status as owners of the land and sovereignty over all of Palestine.
    As for “Jews”, they want to self-define independently from objective criteria –they say. So let them be called that, I have no objection.

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  9. oldgeezer on March 27, 2017, 3:18 pm

    It just makes one so sick. The idf are barbaric beasts.

    It is to the shame of any country that offers Israel any support in either word or deed.

  10. Kay24 on March 27, 2017, 8:35 pm

    Any anger, and knowing you will never get justice for such horrible crimes, must make Palestinians feel frustrated, and want to retaliate in some form or the other. That is only natural.
    Every time I read these stories, I feel anger too, so I can just image how these poor people, especially the parents of the children must feel.

    It would make anyone want to pick a stone and fling it at these scumbags in uniform.

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