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Israeli Defense Minister justifies killing of Palestinian journalists

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On the second Friday of the Gaza protests, Israeli snipers shot nearly 500 Palestinians at the Gaza border, killing nine, and bringing the death total in two Fridays to 31. Last Friday’s carnage included the sniping of 6 journalists, killing one of them – 30-year-old Yaser Murtaja, even though he wore a flak jacket clearly marked PRESS.

This is not looking good, so the Israeli army has issued a response:

“The IDF does not intend to shoot at journalists, and the circumstances in which journalists were allegedly injured by IDF gunfire are unknown and are being investigated.”

This would be a contradiction of what Defense Minister Lieberman already promised – that “there would be no investigation”.

Indeed, Lieberman continues to contradict the official army message (as quoted in Haaretz):

“I don’t know who is and who isn’t a photographer… We’ve seen dozens of cases where Hamas terrorists used ambulances, dressed up in Red Crescent personnel and disguised himself as journalists. We won’t take any chances.”

So Lieberman is basically saying, that “it’s better to be safe than sorry,” that journalists could possibly be hiding slingshots in their cameras – so let’s not take that chance.

Lieberman is the highest in the military chain of command. The official IDF statement about “not intending” to shoot journalists is what the army is supposed to say, and what it is supposedly saying – but what Lieberman is saying is what is actually being said.

The claim of fearing a terrorist in the guise of the press in such a situation would be ridiculous, if it weren’t lethal. It is only further exposing the criminality of the Israeli shoot-to-kill policy and its claims to ‘defense’.

While Israel is speaking with two tongues, Palestinians are being murdered by Israeli snipers behind dirt mounds. And those soldiers know how to translate the ‘ambiguity’. The ‘official statement’ is just political correctness. The Defense Minister is voicing the actual policy and promising impunity.

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  1. CigarGod
    CigarGod
    April 9, 2018, 11:12 am

    I think this fits what Robert Cohen was saying.
    – Lieberman is Judaism –

  2. gracie fr
    gracie fr
    April 9, 2018, 2:13 pm

    “While Israel is speaking with two tongues, Palestinians are being murdered by Israeli snipers behind dirt mounds”….

    One must wonder at the incidence of young.men, primarily between the ages of 15 and 35 who have been shot dead or severely wounded by the live rounds fired by the IDF squatting on the security wall. No report of female victims have been broadcast or announced. The powerful in Tel Aviv must be worried about the country’s image should the death of women, children and babies be televised live. This begs the question, is this annihilation of males taking place in a predetermined , approved and purposeful “culling”, a grotesque social experiment….?????

    Protesters were being targeted in their lower body, Al-Baz said, with 55 shot with live ammunition in their genitals, likely in an effort to cause infertility.

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180409-israel-using-strange-gases-against-protesters-in-gaza/…..

  3. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    April 9, 2018, 5:54 pm

    RE: “While Israel is speaking with two tongues . . .” ~ Ofir

    MY COMMENT: White man speak with forked tongue!

  4. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    April 10, 2018, 1:51 am

    RE: “I don’t know who is and who isn’t a photographer… We’ve seen dozens of cases where Hamas terrorists used ambulances, dressed up in Red Crescent personnel and disguised himself as journalists. We won’t take any chances.” ~ Lieberman

    URI AVNERY:

    [EXCERPT} . . . When one of the intelligence chiefs told Begin at the cabinet meeting that Abu Nidal’s organization was not a member of the PLO, Begin famously answered: “They are all PLO”. . .

    SOURCE – http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1339170910/

  5. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    April 10, 2018, 6:26 am

    @gracie fr
    “Protesters were being targeted in their lower body, Al-Baz said, with 55 shot with live ammunition in their genitals, likely in an effort to cause infertility”

    The demographic nightmare which Israel faces is that the majority of the population between the River and the Sea ie Eretz Zioland is already or very soon will be Palestinian. I personally do not think that there is any planned “incremental” genocide or live fire sterilisation. I think the Israelis are shooting Palestinians just for the hell and the fun of it:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZk8O395ilo

    At a higher level yes I do believe that there has been continuous discussions of a “Final Solution” to the Palestinian problem but the Zios are powerless to act out any of the possible permutations given that it is 2018 and not 1938.
    1) Full scale extermination.Can`t be done in secret and world will not allow. Plus loss of sole eternal victim status would be untenable for Zios
    2) Full scale concentration camps without the extermination. As at 1) but the cost would be horrendous and even the good old US wouldn`t pay for it.
    3) Mass expulsions. Egypt would resis,Syria would resist,Lebanon would resist and not least the Palestinians would resist and as at 2) the US would no bear the costs.

    So all in all it seems to me that the script is unfolding fairly much as predicted with an interim Apartheid Single State and eventually a single equal rights for all state with a very significant Palestinian majority after a large proportion of Ziorats have abandoned their cherished Bibliland dream and returned to their native Brooklyn and Golders Green etc

    Tick tick

  6. shaun patrick
    shaun patrick
    April 10, 2018, 8:38 am

    Lieberman is the embodiment of everything that Israel has become. He uses physical and psychological violence and lacks any semblance of conscience. What country would appoint a minister who is guilty of brutality against a child , Israel of course. Sadly a government comprising Lieberman, Netanyahu, Bennett and the rest sends a clear message to Israelis that kiling and maiming unarmed civilians is not only supported but encouraged. This is how a whole population looses it’s moral compass which is exactly what happened to Germany resulting in the slaughter of Jews and is now happening in Israel with the slaughter and maiming of Palestinians. In both countries the population remain silent and indifferent.

  7. eljay
    eljay
    April 10, 2018, 9:02 am

    Lieberman’s position seems to be the same one jon s recently promoted: If a group of people is deemed to be “not innocent” it’s acceptable to massacre them.

  8. nrhunter
    nrhunter
    April 10, 2018, 9:59 am

    Lieberman: “I don’t know who is and who isn’t a photographer… We’ve seen dozens of cases where Hamas terrorists used ambulances, dressed up in Red Crescent personnel and disguised himself as journalists. We won’t take any chances.”

    And Zionists disguise themselves as human beings. What is one to do?

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