There was growing proof on social media over night that the Israeli shootings of Palestinians at the Gaza border yesterday were arbitrary and criminal. Here is a video of a Palestinian shot while walking, evidently toward the fence. Here is another video that appears to show two Palestinian youths being shot, while running holding a tire– and video of the same incident from a different angle.
Haaretz reports that one of the two was shot in the back and killed: Abed el-Fatah Abed e-Nabi, 18.
While the BBC supplies a terrifying statistic: “Palestinian health officials said at least 400 people had been wounded by live ammunition.”
Jim Zogby of the Arab American Institute links video of a Palestinian boy shot while he is praying, evidently at the border. Jacob Magid of the Times of Israel posts the same video and says mordantly, “The IDF’s gonna have a hard time saying this guy fell off his bike…”
More videos of Palestinians in Gaza being shot by Israeli snipers while posing no threat. Here they were running away. The Israelis were so far away you can’t even see them hiding behind their sniper scopes.
The most progressive MSNBC host, Chris Hayes, gave this lineup from last night: Texas woman gets 5 years for voting illegally; John Podesta on Scott Pruitt and the Trump swamp; Trump’s cabinet keeps on filling the swamp; Trump has managed to reinvent the concept of a wall. Well, it must have been a big news day…
Last night PBS News Hour said the “protesters confronted Israeli troops,” and featured a report from Nidal al Mughrabi, a Reuters correspondent in Gaza City, who appeared to blame protesters. “According to the organizers, people should have stayed 700 meters away from the border, but many, many, many of the protesters have ignored the calls of organizers to stay that far. People throw stones. The Israeli responded by tear gas, live fire and rubber bullets, as well as casualties started to fall.” (Though he did relate Palestinian frustrations: “Frustrated at the lack of any horizon. It has made no difference to them whether they live or die.”)
Christians United for Israel linked Israeli army video seeking to justify the shootings: “Our soldiers precisely targeted the specific terrorists that attempted to carry out these acts of terror, some of them known terrorists to our security forces.” (See if you can use the word terror three times in one sentence.)
Bernie Sanders has condemned the killings, in a tweet this afternoon.
The killing of Palestinian demonstrators by Israeli forces in Gaza is tragic. It is the right of all people to protest for a better future without a violent response.
The State Department is misrepresenting Palestinian actions, and U.S. ones too.
Munayyer points to the contradiction, visavis Iranian protesters:
Jim Zogby lays out the double standard:
There’s only 1 reason why US is silent: racism. Americans do not see
#Palestinians as humans equal to #Israelis. They’re not “like us”. We cry when Jews die, but don’t even care to know the names of Arabs who are murdered. Hence no protest from Washington
So does Roth: “Imagine the fury and hell Israel would unleash on Gaza if 15 Israelis were killed by Hamas ‘rockets’ or similar.”
Israeli military tweeted earlier “we know where every bullet landed” in Gaza. Reporters asked repeatedly how many live rounds were fired + how many people were hit but a spokesman said they didn’t have figures. They’ve since deleted the tweet.
Munayyer points out that the ADL, an American Zionist organization, is being scripted by the Israeli army.
@ADL_National isn’t just regurgitating Israeli talking points to justify a massacre. They are basically copy and pasting from the Israeli military
So does Ali Abunimah, who posts those statements:
Notice how major Israel lobby groups
@ADL_National & @BoardofDeputies, that purport to speak in the name of Jews, use identical Israeli government talking points to justify massacre in Gaza. They speak for Israeli apartheid, not for Jews
J Street, the liberal Zionist organization, has had nothing to say about the killings; it is all about David Friedman, the Trump ambassador and supporter of settlements. Americans for Peace Now issued a statement yesterday that is equivocal, blaming both sides, but noting that some protesters were shot for no reason.
APN warned Wednesday of the dynamic that unfolded today. We warned Palestinians against breaching the border into sovereign Israel. We also expressed alarm at Israeli government’s threats to use lethal force against unarmed Gazans protesting on their side of the border and urged the Israeli military to use minimum force to protect the border fence.
Some Palestinians – reportedly only a few – did approach the border fence in a manner that indicated an intention to breach it. Apparently, there was at least one case of such a breach. There was also one reported case in which IDF soldiers were shot at. The IDF used lethal force, including sniper fire and even tank shells, not only against those attempting to breach the fence but also at Palestinian demonstrators who did not threaten the fence.
John Hagee of Christians United for Israel is not equivocal about yesterday’s actions.
These are not protests! Hamas has orchestrated these riots and camouflaged them as peaceful demonstrations. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Shots have been fired from Gaza and terrorists have been trying to breach Israel’s border in an effort to provoke Israel to action.
Gush Shalom of Haifa is also not equivocal, it calls for a demonstration tonight:
No! We will not stay quiet upon the murder of our innocent people in Gaza by the racist occupation forces during the march of return!
We call on the public in Haifa and the region to raise an angry cry against the Israeli butchers!
Last night was the first night of Passover. Tonight is the second seder. Josh Ruebner of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights:
Will I commemorate
#Passover tonight? Not a chance. How can one celebrate Jewish liberation from oppression millennia ago while most Jewish people today turn a blind eye to, or actively support, Israel’s oppression of Palestinians today?And I especially refuse to celebrate #Passover today of all days b/c of #Israel‘s ruthless, cold-blooded massacre of 15 Palestinians marching for their right to freedom and to return to their homes
The Sanders tweet came at 2:47 PM today. Steven Salaita posted this disturbing checklist some time before.
Still nothing from Gabbard, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Warren or Gillibrand.
Thanks to James North, Allison Deger, and Ofer Neiman.