The deaths of two Palestinian teens during a Nakba Day protest near Ofer Prison was barely a story last week, shrugged off as the result of “clashes” with Israeli troops.
That’s changed today, as it turns out a security camera caught the whole thing on tape, showing a calm situation when suddenly one of the teens collapses, shot in the chest, and sparking a panic among the handful of Palestinians standing around nearby.
Israel’s government is, as ever, full of excuses, none of which make any sense and many of which conflict with others. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon offered the most straightforward excuse, continuing last week’s narrative of a “riot” and declaring “it was a life-threatening situation, so the officers acted accordingly.”
Which is absurd when seeing the video, and its conspicuous lack of riots. Ya’alon conceded he hadn’t watched the video at all yet. Other Israeli officials went on to say that the video was “biased” against them in some non-specific way.
Other officials offered further excuses, including claims that the protesters were “violent,” despite the video showing them standing around doing literally nothing, and perhaps most absurdly of all, claiming that no bullets were fired at all.
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If Israel wants to one day achieve its aspirations of becoming a democratic law abiding state with credibility, it is going to have to make firm and serious commitments to not only ceasing its crimes, but its lying. It is only digging itself deeper and deeper into a ditch of its own making.
Oh, what a twisted web we weave, when first begin we to deceive.
"Other Israeli officials went on to say that the video was “biased” against them in some non-specific way."
The camera was clearly "anti-Semitic." – Israeli officials, 2014
A missed opportunity. Israel could have claimed the Palestinians were shot by Hamas infiltrators, with weapons smuggled in from Iran via Syria and Hezbollah, just to make Israel look bad.
Get with the Program. Israelis only retaliate. Israelis are always innocent. Opposition to Israeli action is irrational. Israeli behavior has nothing to do with causing anti-Israeli feelings. It is Racist to assert non-Israelis are humans. G_d promised Israel to true humans only. If you do not believe in the program you are an anti-Semite. Just ask Abe Foxman the world's leading authority on anti-Semitism and expert on Canardology.
that is right, the kid was about to have a violent thought, he had to go.
Yet another example of Israel murderous bloodletting which has been going on for some 60Y. Despite numerous attempts by the UN to bring an end to Israel mass murder and land thievery the US has used it ONE veto to circumvent the wishes of the Int. Committee.
But that is the Zionist policy towards Palestinians whose life is worth just 25shekels to an Israeli judge.
This is an everyday fact of life for Palestinians, the risk of being shot by cowards. If the rest of the so called civilized PEOPLE of the world do not boycott everything Israeli and organizations that profit from it then they are hypocrites.
Boycott Israel and all its supporters now.
ha ha … the camera is anti-semitic…
When the State's policy is to train (indoctrinate) their citizens that others (not like them) are less than equal (sub-human) you eventually reach the point where that indoctrination becomes an integral part of the population and uncontrollable when the "bad apples" act on the indoctrination they've received all their lives. And rather than examine the base parameters of said indoctrination, the State has to lie to deflect exposure of bad policy.
The sad part about this tragic incident, is none of this footage will be shown on CNN or FOX, every effort will be made to ensure that it stay hidden from the less- inform Americans.
It was a hoody/skittles moment.
USG needs to understand that they supporting a murderous regime, that Netanyahu and his gang of far right, mildly expressed regimes are not going to rest unless there is no Palestinians left, to prove the argument, they have done the very same murdering and excuses over and over again for last 60 years. When is a good time for EU-USG to understand that Israel will never understand the meaning of the word peace, where for Netanyahu and his gang of fascist entity to understand, is for EU-USG to boycott Israel by all means, among other sanctions, is for USG stop giving free of everything to this regime, for peace sake, USG is giving the hard earned American people’s wealth to such abusive, inhuman regime just to have a friend?
Sorry, but if you mess with the bulls, One day one of them will give you the horn, this time they horned two.
These Palestinians were not children, only within nanny US do we have 25 year old children; These were.young adults, playing childrens games, whose learning curves abruptly ended .
Are not first and they join the dead of past and present and on to the future generations many more dumb as rocks young and old men will be playing games that makes no sense but they do love their rmartyrs; So that 20-30-40 years from now we will still find the same dumb as rocks catching bullets.
We will find the people of Israel fat and cozy all over middle eastern lands that once belong to other non humans.
Thst is the game, they made the rules and if you get hurt by their rules you deserve it.
I'm sorry, but I'm not seeing any Israelis in the video. The eyewitness does not identify anything other than the direction from which the shots came. How does anyone know it was Israelis who shot them? This is an honest question, not a deflection.
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