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Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najjar was ‘deliberately and fatally shot’ by Israeli sniper — B’Tselem

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The Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem today released a report about the killing of Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najjar (20), who was fatally shot in the chest while nursing the wounded in Gaza on the 1st of June during the Great March of Return.

The report is directly contradicting the Israeli army claim that it was “just an accident”:

“Contrary to the many versions offered by the military, the facts of the case lead to only one conclusion. An investigation conducted by B’Tselem proves 20-year-old a-Najar was fatally shot by a member of the security forces who was aiming directly at her as she was standing about 25 meters away from the fence, despite the fact that she posed no danger to him or anyone else and was wearing a medical uniform”, B’Tselem write.

The report draws on several testimonies by colleague medics who were with Razan (also referred to as ‘Rozan a-Najar’). Here’s an excerpt of the testimony by paramedic Rami Abu Jazar, who tells what happened after the paramedic team was targeted with tear gas and had recovered from the choking effect:

“After we had moved away, we started feeling better and decided to go closer to the protesters. We stood about 10 meters away from them, which was about 25 meters away from the fence. There were no protesters near us. At around a quarter to six, we saw two soldiers get out of a military jeep, kneel and aim their guns at us, taking up a sniper stance. Rozan was standing to my right and Rasha was behind me. We were talking. Suddenly, they fired two live bullets at us. I looked at Rozan and saw her point to her back and then fall down. A second later, I fell too, because I had been hit above the left knee. I was later told that Rozan had been hit in the left side of the chest. Mahmoud was hit by shrapnel in the right hand and the pelvic area.”

B’Tselem lists the “many versions” the army offered of the event:

“The IDF Spokesperson tried to clear the military of responsibility for a-Najar’s death, initially saying that soldiers did not fire at the spot where she had been standing. Later, the military said a-Najar might have been killed by a ricochet, before finally accusing her of serving as a human shield for rioters.”

And it concludes with a devastating condemnation of the Israeli army, state and legal apparatus:

“The disavowal of responsibility for a-Najar’s killing by the IDF Spokesperson and other Israeli state officials should not be construed as an instance of the competent authorities informing the public of the facts. Far from it. They are simply part of the efforts made by the authorities responsible for this policy to mitigate the damage to Israel’s image by hiding and whitewashing the facts. Yet, propaganda and reality are two different things. In reality, Israel is indifferent to the killing of Palestinians. Otherwise, it would long ago have changed its open-fire policy and stopped shooting at unarmed protesters on the other side of the fence who pose no danger to anyone. Evidence of this criminal policy is found time and time again as the military persists in implementing it unchanged, enlisting its whitewashing apparatus to back it up, which almost always ensure no one will be held accountable for the killing of Palestinians even in outrageous circumstances such as a-Najar’s killing.”

This is the point where also Haaretz correspondent Asaf Ronel will have to eat his hat. He had opined that “it’s unlikely that a sniper deliberately killed Razan al-Najjar”.

B’Tselem is telling us that it is not “unlikely” at all, and furthermore, that she was “deliberately and fatally shot”. They are all but using the term “murder”. But that’s the obvious conclusion of it. And they are basically saying to us, that if Israel is left to its own devices on this, it will, once again, get away with murder. 

Thanks to Orly Noy

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    • Mooser
      Mooser
      July 17, 2018, 4:26 pm

      “israeli-parliament-votes-to-ban-state-and-army-critics-from-schools”

      Isn’t that nice, “Jon s’s” can get a promotion.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        July 17, 2018, 9:43 pm

        Teacher of Israeli history. All the history that is fit to teach.

  1. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    July 17, 2018, 10:46 am

    RE: “In reality, Israel is indifferent to the killing of Palestinians. Otherwise, it would long ago have changed its open-fire policy and stopped shooting at unarmed protesters on the other side of the fence who pose no danger to anyone. Evidence of this criminal policy is found time and time again as the military persists in implementing it unchanged . . .” ~ B’Tselem

    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. . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/02/the-next-intifada/

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      July 17, 2018, 10:49 am

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “Netanyahu: Stupid Like a Fox?” | By Uri Avnery | Antiwar.com | June 13, 2011

      (EXCERPT) . . . Last week, there was a repeat performance. The Palestinians all around Israel have declared June 5 “Naksa” Day, to commemorate the “Setback” of 1967, when Israel spectacularly defeated the armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, reinforced by elements from the Iraqi and Saudi armies.

      This time, the Israeli army was prepared. The fence was reinforced and an anti-tank ditch dug in front of it. When the demonstrators tried to reach the fence—again near Majdal Shams—they were shot by sharpshooters. Some 22 were killed, and many dozens were wounded. The Palestinians report that people trying to rescue the wounded and retrieve the dead were also shot and killed.
      No doubt this was a deliberate tactic decided upon in advance by the army command after the Naqba Day fiasco and approved by Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak. As was said quite openly, the Palestinians had to be taught a lesson they would not forget, so as to drive any idea of an unarmed mass action out of their minds.

      It is frighteningly reminiscent of events 10 years ago. After the first Intifada, in which stone-throwing youngsters and children won a moral victory that led to the Oslo agreement, our army conducted exercises in anticipation of a second Intifada. This broke out after the political disaster of Camp David, and the army was ready.

      The new Intifada started with mass demonstrations of unarmed Palestinians. They were met by specially trained sharpshooters. Next to each sharpshooter stood an officer who pointed out the individuals who were to be shot because they looked like ringleaders: “The guy in the red shirt… Now the boy with the blue trousers…”

      The unarmed uprising broke down and was replaced by suicide bombers, roadside bombs, and other “terrorist” acts. With those our army was on familiar ground.

      I suspect very much that we are witnessing much the same thing once more. Again, specially trained sharpshooters are at work, directed by officers. . .

      SOURCE – http://original.antiwar.com/avnery/2011/06/12/netanyahu-stupid-like-a-fox/

      • ejran
        ejran
        July 17, 2018, 2:25 pm

        Woah.

        “As was said quite openly, the Palestinians had to be taught a lesson they would not forget, so as to drive any idea of an unarmed mass action out of their minds.”

        This, this is extremely important to read and remember right now. More people should do more of this: digging into the not-so-distant past, when some leaders were more honest about the state’s true intentions, and showing the world that his is a policy- thought out and tried out time and time again in all deliberation. This needs to be called by is true name: not “self-defense”, not retaliation, not security; this is mass murder.

  2. Marnie
    Marnie
    July 17, 2018, 11:11 am

    Of course she was. Bastards.

  3. YoniFalic
    YoniFalic
    July 17, 2018, 11:23 am

    I don’t have much coherent memory of the killing or disfiguring of Rachel Corrie and other ISM activists in 2003-2004, but I have looked at these and similar incidents like the murder of Hadeel al-Hashlamoun and like the murders I committed during Cast Lead in la longue durée back to the original genocide and theft of country in 1947-8.

    Among the Zionist leaders there has always been a feeling that 1947-8 was not really completed and that the state must continue to push the limit until the natives are completely expelled or exterminated. To this end the state uses its state apparatus continue to probe the limits of the acceptable.

    The boundary is slowly being pushed until the final expulsion or extermination. There was a similar gradualism (albeit for slightly different reasons) in Germany under the National Socialist regime.

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      July 17, 2018, 11:56 am

      “The boundary is slowly being pushed until the final expulsion or extermination. ”

      I don’t see it any other way either. And to make matters worse, Ayelet Shaked is the crowd favorite to step in after netanyahoo – and she’s got a chabad rabbi as a cheerleader.

      Haredi diamond mogul wants Shaked as Prime Minister – Israel …
      http://www.israelnationalnews.com › All News › Inside Israel

  4. Kay24
    Kay24
    July 17, 2018, 11:33 am

    They deliberately kill unarmed youth, members of the media, medical personnel who only want to help the injured, and unarmed activists, and then they whine that they are victims, and everyone wants to wipe them off the map….something is horribly wrong with this picture, and just like Trump’s presidency, it seems their supporters prefer to ignore the evil in front of their eyes, and blames everyone else.

  5. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    July 17, 2018, 12:30 pm

    The index of units of positive Israeli PR per murder in Gaza has been falling religiously in recent years. Israel kills with impunity and there never was a peace process. There was just a taking the piss process.

    A lot of people have figured out that Israelis are bloodthirsty tribalists who will lie about the murder machine til the cows come back to Masada.

  6. Citizen
    Citizen
    July 17, 2018, 12:57 pm

    Yes, the attack on the USS Liberty was an accident too. Too many of USA’s lead politicians allow Israel to get away with this; no wonder Israel proudly gives the finger to the Goy Nations world.

  7. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    July 17, 2018, 1:10 pm

    Sturmfuhrer Bennett is obviously itching to kill a few more ArabsHe has so enjoyed it in the past .
    https://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Bennett-under-fire-for-comments-about-killing-Arabs-321467
    Personally if possible by perhaps reenlisting in the most moral and getting a Ministerial privileged posting to the sniping range overlooking Gaza.

    “Whoever launches fire balloons at our children is a terrorist and must be liquidated”
    https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/249080

    I seem to recall the Nazis were also into “liquidating” any resistors. As for “launching a fire balloon at our children” FFS!! I am not a balloon expert but I have definitely seen them in all sizes and at different events and at different locations and I know that you cannot repeat cannot “launch a ballooon at someone”. They go up in the air float in the air and unless they are of the piloted variety land somewhere as in who knows where..

    Speaks volumes for the mentality of this Zionist clown.

    • YoniFalic
      YoniFalic
      July 18, 2018, 7:03 am

      While it is terrible to grow up Israeli, Bennett is in many regards more N. American than Israeli. He has grown up in NJ and Montreal while he has lived in NY for a long time. He had many opportunities to desocialize himself from the racist ideas and false beliefs that are commonly held by Zionist Jews.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 18, 2018, 1:21 pm

        ” more N. American than Israeli”

        Just another cracker trying to pass himself off as a matzoh.

  8. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    July 18, 2018, 11:04 am

    Gaza/Berlin an apt comparison from Norman Finklestein`s blog:
    http://normanfinkelstein.com/2018/07/17/gaza-berlin/

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