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Video: 17 yr-old killed in Nakba demonstrations in East Jerusalem

(Video is from the Silwan information center and was taken the day of the shooting)
A 17 year old Palestinian from Silwan has died this morning from wounds sustained during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood yesterday afternoon. Milad Said Ayyash, a resident of the Ras el-Amud neighborhood in East Jerusalem was shot in the abdomen with live ammunition as Border Police officers and settlers clashed with local youth. He was evacuated to the Muqassed hospital with no pulse and in critical condition, where he underwent surgery in a failed attempt to save his life.

Israel is claiming that the minor was shot by Israeli security forces but eyewitness and activists on the ground are claiming that he was shot by private settler security guards around the large settlement, Beit Yonatan, in the heart of Silwan. According to the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, the bullet extracted from Ayyash’s abdomen has been found to belong to a handgun. This type of bullet is scarcely used by the Israeli police in crowd control situations. The bullet therefore indicates the likelihood that the youth was shot by one of the settlers’ security guards.

Israel’s heavy handed response to demonstrations was not limited to East Jerusalem yesterday. In Nabi Saleh, one Israeli suffered a broken arm after border police officers fired a tear gas canister directly at him from a distance of 5 meters. The activist was forced to hike two kilometres in order to reach a car that would take him to hospital because the ranking commander in Nabi Saleh would not allow anyone to pick him from the outskirts of the village. An American activist was also hit directly in the head with a tear gas canister from a distance of 15 meters resulting in sustained but stable head injury. Injuries were reported in Qlandiya, al Ma’asara, Bil’in and Nablus in Nakba related clashes with the Israeli military.

In the current climate of revolution against tyranny in the Middle East, Israel has chosen violence to handle popular unarmed demonstration. Israeli military planners understand that there is likely one outcome of killing minors involved in demonstrations in East Jerusalem; continued and strengthening clashes. By killing a minor in East Jerusalem, Israel is sending a message to Palestinians (and to the international community) that it is interested and willing to fight.In a sea of emerging democracies, Israel is behaving like a tyrant using harsh military force against a movement of people’s unarmed resistance to occupation and control. Demonstrations are planned throughout the West Bank tomorrow and Palestinians in Silwan will hold a demonstration after the funeral of Milad Ayyash. The likely outcome is violence.

In the following video from Nabi Saleh yesterday, you can see the Israeli army attacking unarmed woman and the shooting of the Israeli peace activist. What you are watching are crimes which will most likely go unpunished.

UPDATE 16:03:

Israel is asking that the body of the minor killed yesterday be turned over for an autopsy which the family is unwilling to do. This tactic will buy valuable time in taking responsibility for the killing ahead of Sunday’s planned Nakba commemorations throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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    1. Sylvia

      That he was shot by the IDF is yet to be proven. I said time and again for the past two months that we are to expect another Al-Dura.
      I demand an autopsy performed by an unbiased (is there such a thing) party. And fast.
      Wouldn’t you like to know the truth beyond the slightest doubt, Joseph Dana? I do.

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    2. “Israel is claiming that the minor was shot by Israeli security forces but eyewitness and activists on the ground are claiming that he was shot by private settler security guards around the large settlement, Beit Yonatan, in the heart of Silwan. According to the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, The bullet extracted from Ayyash’s abdomen has been found to belong to a handgun. This type of bullet is scarcely used by the Israeli police in crowd control situations. The bullet therefore indicates the likelihood that the youth was shot by one of the settlers’ security guards.”

      This is the information that we have from both sides as of 9am this morning Sylvia. Seldom, Israel allows independent autopsy’s to be performed. Also, independent would mean that Israel would not perform the autopsy (or the Palestinians for that matter). I am told that the bullet was retrieved and is currently at the hospital. What we know for sure is that the minor was shot and died. It is highly unlikely that the minor was shot by other unarmed demonstrators. As the story changes it will be updated. The fact that Palestinians would prefer an independent autopsy, as you claimed should happen, is understandable given the loss of a minor. This also does not conceal the extreme use of force used by Israel throughout Silwan and the West Bank yesterday.

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    3. […] Click here to view the embedded video. A 17 year old Palestinian from Silwan has died this morning from wounds sustained during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood yesterday afternoon. Milad Said Ayyash, a resident of the Ras el-Amud neighborhood in East Jerusalem was shot in the abdomen with live ammunition as Border Police officers and settlers clashed with local youth. He was evacuated to the Muqassed hospital with no pulse and in critical condition, where he underwent surgery in a failed attempt to save his life. […]

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    4. Abban Aziz

      What must be known is the Palestinians are serial liars and experts at the art of drama, or their style known as “pallywood” (look it up it is real).

      there are ways to protest peaceful but rock-flinging, fire bombs and moltov cocktails aren’t acceptable.

      Dana, you just cited the “Popular Struggle Coordination Committee” – fringe BDS movement loaded with international activists. hardly a neutral third party, and i doubt they know anything about ballistics.

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    5. Abban, every major news outlet in the country (i.e. Israel) is citing the PSCC. They are the media representatives of the Palestinians in Silwan. 972, like Haaretz, Ynet and Jpost cite their material in the news cycle. They were cited along with official Israeli press releases available at the time of writing this post.

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    6. Sylvia

      “This is the information that we have from both side Sylvia”
      Apparently not. That’s the information you have from the palestinian Popular struggle coordination committee.
      Joseph that’s not what I get from the news since yesterday. An autopsy could clear these inconsistencies (if indeed he is dead). Anyone interested in the truth must call for an autopsy. If the IDF defied the orders given two days ago, then we need to know that. If the settlers are making their own rules, then we need to know that too. And if the Palestinians are telling untruths then this should known as well.

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    7. Sylvia

      “Israel is claiming that the minor was shot by Israeli security forces”
      No it is not. I am listening to kol Israel and Israel is asking for the body to perform an autopsy. The family is refusing.

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    8. Abban Aziz

      “Abban, every major news outlet in the country is citing the PSCC. They are the media representatives of the Palestinians in Silwan.”

      So what? Every major news outlet based in the West Bank accepts claims made by fringe BDS activists as truth and without challenge? SAY IT AINT SO?!!1

      Terrible argument.

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    9. max

      I fully conquer with Sylvia’s comment @3:38 – the facts to clarify the situation are (were?) available, and refusing to disclose them leads to speculations. Obviously, I assume that the one refusing to share the truth hopes that the speculations will be more in his favor than the truth

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    10. Deanna

      This really looks fake….its a movie made by ALL Palestinians – what a bunch of bad actors.

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    11. max

      Deanna, the 2nd video doesn’t look fake. It is, however, orchestrated, with more cameramen than actors, and a good mix of shrieking women and older people. I guess there’s a good reason we don’t see how it all started.

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    12. Sadly, both videos are not fake. It would be much better to write about the fake videos of activists and Palestinians but sadly it is not the case. Here is another video from Nabi Saleh shot yesterday. http://972mag.com/shocking-video-from-nabi-saleh/

      There are hundreds of videos from hundreds of demonstrations in Nabi Saleh that look more or less the same with varying degrees of violence.

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    13. Sylvia

      I heard the father of the teenager, who speaks very good Hebrew, interviewed on reshet bet. He convinced me 1) that the boy was dead 2) that he believed that he was killed by Israeli bullets. He said the family set up a tent.
      But when Peerli Shahar began asking him some pointed questions: did people come to the tent, did his friends come to pay their respects, etc he started stuttering. No visits at the mourning tent? A shahid? Strange.

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    14. O.Selznik

      @ JD

      I don’t really know if you can fairly point a blaming finger at one side for these kind of events.
      ofcourse the army should take means to make these protests safer (if it means to disarm settlers or atleast make sure they are not around when protests happen).
      on the other hand, I can really relate with solders sitting in thier posts (sometimes only 10-15 of them) having to deal with an entier village coming at them (peacefully although occasionally we get the “shabab” throwing stones and so on).
      its obvious they cant just leave, so a clash is bound to happen.
      PLO says it will use its police force not to allow protesters to reach israeli posts tommorow. that is real responsibilty and leadership if you ask me.

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    15. I am not sure it is a blaming finger in Silwan that I was pointing Selznik. In Nabi Saleh, I see no reason whatsoever for the heavy handed response of attacking unarmed demonstrators. This is based on my extensive first hand experience and the only rational that I see is that Israel is attempting to crush any form of unarmed protest in the village with brute military and judicial force.
      The point that I made clearly is that Israeli military planners know full well what is going to happen in demonstrations just before Nakba day in Silwan. A wise choice would have been to keep tensions as low as possible which means, literally, policing the settler police force which routinely break Israeli military rules of combat and attack, sometimes killing innocent civilians. The message that Israel sent yesterday, based on the entire picture of heavy handiness throughout the West Bank is that it chooses military force to handle unarmed protest.

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    16. Max,
      Very interesting point about the videos begin orchestrated. I am curious if you could explain to us how the cameramen and ‘actors’ got two dozen Israeli combat soldiers to agree to such a performance.
      I am thinking of staging my own youtube clip in Tel Aviv and I could use some soldier cameos in the productions. Please do tell us the secrets.

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    17. max

      Joseph, as I wrote, it’d be interesting to see how the incidents started, given the fact that on some of clips the number of photographers seem higher than the number of demonstrators.
      .
      I guess your usage of “combat soldiers” was a slip of the pen
      .
      To the main issue: I agree with O.Selznik – there may be too much violence, but not all of it is avoidable. If you irritate enough the one with power, you’ll end up forcing him to use it, which goes back to my 1st point here

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    18. JD

      “there are ways to protest peaceful but rock-flinging, fire bombs and moltov cocktails aren’t acceptable.” Slingshots are lethal weapons. Yet according to this video, the people being targeted (Israeli security) had no reason to fight back. They were not cornered. They could have just gone home, thereby diffusing the violence.

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    19. Abban Aziz

      “Yet according to this video, the people being targeted (Israeli security) had no reason to fight back. They were not cornered. They could have just gone home, thereby diffusing the violence.”

      The only information you have is a video cut and sliced by a fringe movement. It’s not like journalists and photographers are known for their objectivity when it comes to protests. They encourage it.

      In fact, Palestinians won’t protest unless the media is there to film it.

      This was all an well-organized instigated act of violence. In any other country there would be mass arrests and jail time. You throw a wrench at a US security and that is assault. Moltov cocktails are deadly weapons, so are fire bombs.

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    20. Anonymouse123

      who needs metal gear when you have giyus.org and megaphone.
      There are always lots of cameras so that there is lots of video proof, there are groups that purchase cameras for Palestinians to record incidents (because without you would say that the only proof is “lying” Palestinians). Now there is video proof, everyday, of heavy handed violence and you say that it is “fake” and the Palestinians are “bad actors”.
      The Palestinians do not have clean hands, but you all act like cattle and fail to see that israel has far filthier hands. Were you to start thinking you could change the situation quickly, yet you chose to ignore all evidence and to not think…

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    21. O.Selznik

      @JD, and everyone else.

      just popping a theoretical question here.
      if tommorow thousands of palestinians in Gaza or west bank deside to peacefully march into israel, what should israeli securety forces do?

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    22. Ben Israel

      Selznick-
      How are we supposed to know if they are ALL peaceful or not? The primary job of the security forces is to protect the civilian population of the country. Therefore this mob MUST be stopped with whatever force is necessary. If water cannon, rubber bullets and other riot control weapons are inadequate, then live fire must be used. If they are allowed to breach the border without any effort to stop them, that is a gross breach of the security forces duty to the people.

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    23. max

      Selznik, seems like your question wasn’t so theoretical and has just been answered in the Golan, just like Ben predicted

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