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A video posted by a Gaza journalist today appears to show the moment that a young Palestinian football player was shot in the leg, destroying his knee, and his career, evidently by an Israeli sniper while the young man was merely video’ing himself near the Israeli border last Friday. Israel killed 17 Palestinian protesters and wounded hundreds more.

Palestinian journalist Mohammed Kareem posted the video today:

In text:

Video shows the exact moment of shooting the Palestinian footballer Mohammed Khalil in his knee putting an end to his career.
Note that Mohammed was protesting peacefully & unarmed in #GreatReturnMarch 🇵🇸
Now, Mohammed needs a knee replacement surgery to be able to walk again

Here is a grisly closeup:

Screenshot from video of Palestinian footballer Mohammed Khalil filming himself the moment he is shot in his knee by Israeli forces, putting an end to his career.

 Kareem writes today in response to a news organization:

No, as it clear, Mohammed Khalil who was shot was filming himself.. He is a friend of mine and a neighbor of mine. He gave it to me exclusively and I edited it and tweet it

On Friday Kareem had posted the news:

My friend & the Palestinian footballer Mohammed Khalil, a player in Al-Salah FC, was shot in his knee by an israeli sniper while he was protesting peacefully in the That racist terrorist bullet put an end to his football career

Mohammed Khalil, in green, shown on soccer pitch, from Mohammed Kareem’s twitter feed

This is a photo apparently of Khalil in the hospital.

Mohammed Khalil in the hospital, photo from Mohammed Kareem’s twitter feed.

Kareen visited Khalil at his home this evening, he appears in good spirits. However, in conversation with Mondoweiss Kareem informed us Khalil had been hit with an explosive type of ammunition known as “the butterfly”. According to Dr. Basem Naim, former Health Minister of the Gaza Strip, there have been “100s of such cases“. Kareen said of the bullet:

It’s a butterfly one, entered his knee and come out from the other side, then it hit the other knee and broke it

The first knee is completely damaged and need to be surgically replaced. The other one is broken and it will take a few months to be well again

Asaf Ronel of Haaretz comments appropriately:

Another shocking video. says snipers were ordered to shoot “main instigators” during the protests in . More than 800 Palestinians were wounded from live Israeli fire. Here is how it looks.

Remember that the Israel Defense Forces spokesperson said: “nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed.” This was highly intentional, and further proof of the arbitrary and criminal nature of the shootings, which has still not come home to U.S. media.

The incident recalls the killing of two Gaza women for merely talking on their cell phones in the 2014 Israeli slaughter. It also recalls the maiming of two Palestinian footballers, whom Israeli soldiers shot in the feet in 2014.

Ronel, who calls Israeli commanders “War Criminals,” reports that the Israeli army is changing its rules of engagement, so as not to shoot unarmed protesters inside 100 meters from the fence. “Israeli army reportedly updates rules of engagement along the fence. Armed Palestinians will be shot if they are 300 meters from the fence. Unarmed protesters can come as near as 100 meters from the fence before getting shot.”

Quds reported that another Palestinian youth was killed today by Israeli gun-fire.

Palestinian identified as Ahmad Omar Arafah, 25, is shot and killed near Gaza fence, April 3, 2018. From Quds News Network.


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  1. amigo on April 3, 2018, 4:35 pm

    Zionist Jewish sportsmen have many methods of neutralising their opposition.

    Here is one method.

    The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has directed its Middle East commission to implement fifteen new rule changes from March 1. Regarding the use of a smaller ball for midget basketball, the commision for midget basketball events will consider the matter in April before the Central Board takes a final decision, according to a statement from Michael Lebanon, FIBA secretary general. The statement said rule changes proposed by the Technical Commission in December 2005 were accepted by FIBA Central Board.

    Palestinian basketball player at the Abu Amar sport hall in Bethlehem. (MAANnews/Magnus Johansson)
    Following are the rule changes:

    Rule 1: Israelis have the right to play on both sides of the court, whereas Palestinians can only play on their own side.

    Rule 2: For security reasons Palestinians do not have the right to pass the ball between players, the ball could hit an Israeli player.

    Rule 3: There will be no basket on the Israeli side.

    Rule 4: Israel is allowed to shoot at any time even during time-outs.

    Rule 5: Palestinians are not allowed to have supporters. Only Israelis should be supported.

    Rule 6: Israel selects the sports press writers and what the they reports:

    Rule 7: Israel encourages Palestinians to shoot into the Palestinian basket. Players who refuse will be nominated as terrorists and will not be allowed to play.

    Rule 8: Palestinian players are allowed to leave the field, but cannot return. One exception: A Palestinian can be replaced by an Israeli.

    Rule 9: Israel selects and instructs the referees, and tells them when to look away.

    Rule 10: Israel selects the captain of the Palestinian team.

    Rule 11: Israeli faults and Palestinian good plays will not be shown on TV.

    Rule 12: Israel takes the money which sponsors pay to Palestinians clubs.

    Rule 13: Only Israeli players get refreshments.

    Rule 14: Palestinians are required to play, when and where designated by Israel.

    Rule 15: Rules only apply to Palestinians, Israelis may change the rules during the game and are not required to advise the Palestinians of the changes.

    So inventive , are these ubermenschen.

  2. wfleitz on April 3, 2018, 6:07 pm

    Sickening. What type of sadistic mind finds this justified? Just sickening…

    • Kathleen on April 3, 2018, 8:35 pm

      “sickening” so fucking wrong,

    • Kay24 on April 3, 2018, 9:14 pm

      Sadists of the zionist kind. They deprive the Palestinians of basic needs like electricity, water, and try hard to make them suffer, on a daily basis. When they bomb Gaza, they aim for the electricity plants, and keep them in darkness in all ways. You have to wonder what kind of religion condones this inhumane behavior.

  3. JLewisDickerson on April 3, 2018, 7:51 pm

    RE: “A video posted by a Gaza journalist today appears to show the moment that a young Palestinian football player was shot in the leg, destroying his knee, and his career, evidently by an Israeli sniper while the young man was merely video’ing himself near the Israeli border last Friday. “


  4. JLewisDickerson on April 3, 2018, 8:02 pm

    RE: Another shocking video. @IDFSpokesperson says snipers were ordered to shoot “main instigators” during the #GreatReturnMarch protests in #Gaza. More than 800 Palestinians were wounded from live Israeli fire. ~ Asaf Ronel of Haaretz

    SEE: “The Dogs of War: The Next Intifada”, By Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 9/03/11

    (EXCERPT) . . . The second (“al-Aqsa”) intifada started after the breakdown of the 2000 Camp David conference and Ariel Sharon’s deliberately provocative “visit” to the Temple Mount. The Palestinians held non-violent mass demonstrations. The army responded with selective killings. A sharpshooter accompanied by an officer would take position in the path of the protest, and the officer would point out selected targets – protesters who looked like “ringleaders”. They were killed.

    This was highly effective. Soon the non-violent demonstrations ceased and were replaced by very violent (“terrorist”) actions. With those the army was back on familiar ground.

    All in all, during the second intifada 4546 Palestinians were killed, of whom 882 were children, as against 1044 Israelis, 716 of them civilians, including 124 children. . .


    P.S. And apparently it is now the judgment of the U.S. that this sort of thing is A-OK! Coming soon to a community near you!

  5. captADKer on April 3, 2018, 8:57 pm

    isr snipers instructed to shoot non hamas violators, including “aspiring professional athletes”, in the knees. considering only, yet tragically, 5 of the 778 reported gsw’s were lethal, the story would best be representative of idf marksmanship excellence.

  6. marc b. on April 4, 2018, 2:03 pm

    Capt. DB, it’s not so curious given the history of then Def.Min. Rabin’s policy of ‘breaking the legs’ of protesters back in the late 80s, or the policy of shooting the legs out from under protesters around the time of ‘cast lead’. we know there is a history of this tactic; we know that israel likes to use gaza as a war laboratory, so we can assume that there are junior snipers doing their apprenticeship at the moment; and we can assume that leading instigators of palestinian peaceable violence are likely being targeted, in coordination with quislings possibly.

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