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Palestinian shot in back amid laughter in shocking video comes forward

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A Palestinian man who was recorded last year in a shocking encounter where he was shot in the back while walking away from the camera with his arms stretched above his head has come forward with new allegations of abuse surrounding the incident.

The grainy video was made in 2018 by Israeli soldiers and films Karam Qawasmi in a tunnel as a sponge-tipped bullet strikes him in the back, he then falls to the ground. The clip picks up Qawasmi’s screams of pain as well as laughter, which Qawasmi says came from the Israeli soldiers off-camera who fired at him. The video was leaked to media earlier this month.

Among Palestinians, the footage was shocking. A spokesman for the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem condemned the targeting of an unarmed man as “exceptional documentation [that] shows what, sadly, is an unexceptional event: Israeli security forces hurting a Palestinian for absolutely no reason.”

Israeli police have opened an investigation into the video. Qawasmi said he did not file a complaint at the time.

Now Qawasmi says that the entire event last hours, with Israeli soldiers detaining him, beating him and further abusing him after he was shot. Qawasmi was never charged with a crime and is unclear to him why soldiers stopped him in the first place. His injuries took one month to recover from, but the terrifying ordeal has lasting impacts.

Yumna Patel

Yumna Patel is the Palestine correspondent for Mondoweiss.

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  1. annie on November 27, 2019, 10:30 pm

    it’s hard to fathom living like this

    • Kay24 on November 28, 2019, 5:24 am

      It is indeed. I can’t imagine American people living this way for decades, and NOT resisting in far worse ways than the Palestinians are now doing, to protest this endless suffering. This is inhumane, and no human being should be living this way.

      • eljay on November 28, 2019, 8:10 am

        || Kay24: … no human being should be living this way. ||

        To Zionist Israelis the non-Jews of geographic Palestine aren’t human beings.

  2. Misterioso on November 28, 2019, 10:29 am


    “To Zionist Israelis the non-Jews of Palestine aren’t human beings.”


    Rabbi Perin, in an eulogy for mass murderer, Baruch Goldstein, in 1994: “One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.” (New York Times, Feb. 28, 1994)

    In April, 2001, during his Passover sermon, Rabbi Ovadia Yossef, the spiritual leader of the Shas party and former Israeli Chief Rabbi, described the Arabs as “serpents” and in his Passover sermon, he stated that “the Lord shall waste their seed, devastate them and vanish them from this world. It is forbidden to be merciful to them. You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable.”

    Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir declared during an interview with the foreign editor of the London Sunday Times that “it was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine…and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist.” (Sunday Times, London, June 15, 1969)

    In the view of another prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Shamir, the Palestinians are of no more significance than insects when compared to Jews: “From this mountain top and from the vantage point of history I say that these people [the Palestinians] are like grasshoppers compared to us.” (The Independent, April 1988, from Reuter, Tel Aviv; quoted by Michael Rice, False Inheritance, Kegan Paul International, London and New York, 1994, p. 127).

    While delivering a televised address to his Likud party in 1989, Shamir further maligned Palestinians by describing them as “alien invaders of the Holy Land…. They are brutal, wild alien invaders in the land of Israel that belongs to the people of Israel, and only to them.” (New York Post, February 6, 1989)

    During a speech to the Knesset, Menachem Begin, Israel’s sixth prime minister, referred to Palestinians as “beasts walking on two legs.” (New Statesman, 25 June 1982)

    Regarding Palestinians residing in the occupied West Bank, Raphael Eitan, then Israel’s Chief of Staff, declared: “When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle…. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours.” (New York Times, 14 April 1983)

    Prime Minister Ehud Barak: “The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they want more…” (Jerusalem Post, Aug. 30, 2002)

    Rafael Eitan, Israeli Chief of Staff, stated:” When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle.” (N.Y. Times, 14 April 1988)

  3. Elizabeth Block on November 28, 2019, 2:58 pm

    I had sent a Zionist friend the article about the rabbi who said Palestinians should be slaves of Jews, and she said that she supports Israel in general but not “oddballs” like him. I just sent some of these quotes to her. More “oddballs”?

  4. Stephen Shenfield on November 28, 2019, 7:21 pm

    It is clear that many Israeli Jews, probably most of them and perhaps especially the younger generation, regard Arabs (remember: they don’t distinguish Palestinians from other Arabs) as powerless (and not threatening) beings that it is FUN to hurt, humiliate, and torment. They boast about it and show off by sending their friends videos that they themselves make, so confident are they of not being penalized.

    Another video that attracted some attention showed a young Jewess creeping up behind a Palestinian girl sitting on the bank of a water pool and pushing her in. You can see the victim floundering in the last few seconds of the video, which was apparently filmed by a confederate of the perpetrator. Great fun.

    I wonder whether they are aware that this is how the Nazis used to treat Jews?

  5. Jackdaw on November 29, 2019, 6:16 am

    Lethal intifadas in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon, hundreds shot dead in street protests, and at Mondoweiss, it’s quiet as a mouse pissing on cotton.

    Who’s side are you on, Phil?

    • eljay on November 29, 2019, 8:42 am

      || Jackdaw: Lethal intifadas in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon, hundreds shot dead in street protests, and at Mondoweiss, it’s quiet as a mouse pissing on cotton. … ||

      You can always count on a Zionist to view acts of injustice and immorality elsewhere in the world as soemthing to be condemned unequivocally an opportunity to continue advocating, committing and/or defending his/her preferred brand of evil.

      • Jackdaw on November 29, 2019, 9:50 am

        I can always count on Mondoweiss to be den of hypocrites (or worse).

      • Mooser on November 29, 2019, 12:01 pm

        “I can always count on Mondoweiss to be den of hypocrites (or worse).”

        Try and relax, “Jackdaw”! It won’t be to long until all attempts at forming a government in Israel fail, and the IDF-Rabbinate coup puts the “Jewish State” back in order.

      • eljay on November 29, 2019, 1:28 pm

        || Jackdaw: I can always count on Mondoweiss to be den of hypocrites (or worse). ||

        It’s true: You and other Zionists do frequent this den.

    • Misterioso on November 29, 2019, 9:31 am



      The subject at hand is Palestine and the murder, brutal oppression, including destruction of their homes and olive groves, dispossession, expulsion and other monstrous crimes comitted against its indigenous Arab inhabitants by Zionist Jews of foreign origin.

      • Maghlawatan on December 6, 2019, 11:58 am

        Israel is fascinating because you know it is going to collapse. “Fuck you” Judaism is time limited by nature. Paranoid societies have a design flaw.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on November 29, 2019, 11:14 am


      If you’re actually interested in these protests – and not just using them as a particularly poor diversionary tactic – why not write to the editors and offer to contribute an article?

      • Jackdaw on November 29, 2019, 1:20 pm

        My interest in the protests in not the issue.

        The issue is Mondoweiss obsession with Jews.
        No obsession with Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims or the Middle East.

        Just Jews.

        Just Jews.

      • RoHa on November 30, 2019, 12:04 am

        Let us suppose that all MW writers, support staff, commenters, and other hangers-on are, in fact, obsessed with Jews.

        So what?

        It would not diminish the moral abomination of Zionism one bit. The evil lies in Zionism, regardless of who condemns it.

      • eljay on November 30, 2019, 9:37 am

        || Jackdaw: … The issue is Mondoweiss obsession with Jews. … ||

        It’s nothing compared to the Zionist obsession with Jews.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on December 1, 2019, 3:54 pm

        I think the only one here obsessed with Jews, ‘Jackdaw’, is yourself.

        Jews are no more or less interesting than members of any other religious tradition. It’s incredibly narcissistic to believe otherwise.

        But, thanks for letting us know that you’re not in fact interested in protests elsewhere in the Middle East, but just think they might be a handy diversionary tactic. But you’re a tad behind the times. It’s all about the Uighers these days. The ‘look that way’ tool of choice of fashionable anti Palestinians everywhere.

      • Talkback on December 3, 2019, 12:03 pm

        Jackdaw: “The issue is Mondoweiss obsession with Jews.
        No obsession with Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims or the Middle East.

        Just Jews.

        Just Jews.”

        Well Jackdaw.

        It doesn’t help if Jews attack innocent people simply because they are Nonjews. That could potentially p*** off more than 7 billion people. And I can tell you from my personal experience that more and more Nonjews are realizing that this is not about Palestinians, Arabs or Muslims but that far to many Jews treat them like sub humans simply because they are not Jews.

        Just Nonjews.

        Just Nonjews.

        Now quick, accuse someone of antisemitism to distract from this racism.

      • annie on December 3, 2019, 12:26 pm

        jack is so obsessed with jews he wants to corner the market. ‘get off my turf’ he screams ‘how dare you’.

        jack check out my twitter feed, i have been following the hashtag #IUGPOETS, the english lit department at the islamic university of gaza is on the 2nd day of their 3 day grand english poetry festival. check it out, you might learn something — that is if you can pull yourself away from your obsession for a few moments. but i must warn you, in all the tweets covering the festival, there’s no mention of jews.

        No obsession with Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims or the Middle East.

        speaking for yourself again, eh? but you don’t speak for me.

  6. bobbofly on November 30, 2019, 8:33 pm

    Well, the good news, gathered from observing the demographic of voices commenting on this rather high-visibility article, is the Zionist clown continuum known as Hasbara could only scrape up one pathetic & ill-prepared troll to do so. Just one, & not a very good one. Think about that, now: It means we’re winning the battle, & a bunker mentality is soon to take root in their ranks, if not already in effect. Take heart & man the lines. The inertia is finally breaking.

  7. bcg on November 30, 2019, 9:47 pm

    @Jackdaw: Here’s the Committee For Human Rights in North Korea:

    I can’t find any discussion of Israel.

    Would you accuse them of unfairly picking on North Korea? Maybe you should email them and tell them to stop being so obsessed with North Korea, why don’t they do some pieces on Israel?

  8. Maghlawatan on December 1, 2019, 11:28 pm

    Gurvitz’s video on Religious Zionism is worth watching. RZ seminaries in the West Bank train Israeli Army officers. RZ rabbis brainwash soldiers. The ideology is far right .

    • echinococcus on December 2, 2019, 8:06 am


      Any ideology that supports colonial invasion and genocide is “far right” anyway. Including any Zio”leftists”, of whatever stripe. So kindly avoid trying to create an imaginary opposition among Zios who are not any different than each other in that respect. The ideology is far right anyway and non-religious Zionists are no improvement on religious Zionists.

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