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.

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it’s hard to fathom living like this

@eljay “To Zionist Israelis the non-Jews of Palestine aren’t human beings.” Indeed!! 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… Read more »

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”?

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… Read more »

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?