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Beitunia killings: Autopsy reveals Palestinian teen shot by live fire

An autopsy of Nadim Syam Nuwara, one of the two teenagers killed last month during the Nakba Day protests in Beitunia, reveals that that the teen was killed by live fire, according to a report by Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem.

According to B’Tselem, Nuwara’s body has been well-preserved, making the point of entry and exit, as well as the route of the bullet, easily identifiable.

Relatives of Nadim Seeam Abu Kara mourn in the hospital before his funeral procession in the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 16, 2014. Abu Kara and Muhammad Abu Da'har were shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes the previous day outside the Israeli-run Ofer prison following a protest commemorating the Nakba. Foreign press published that the two died in a Ramallah hospital after being shot in the chest during a protest to demand the release of thousands of Palestinians held by Israel. (Activestills.org)

Relatives of Nadim Sayam Nuwara mourn in the hospital before his funeral procession in the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 16, 2014. (Activestills.org)

Although the report is slated to be released in the next several days, doctors have rejected the possibility that the cause of death was rubber bullets, and are fairly confident that the bullet entered through Nuwara’s front side. The autopsy was performed by a team of Palestinian specialists, in the presence of Danish, Portuguese, American, and two Israeli doctors.

WATCH: Footage shows Israeli army’s killing of two Palestinian teens

Furthermore, the doctors also removed four pieces of shrapnel from the body, and one of the pathologists told B’Tselem that he is convinced that they are made of lead and came from the bullet.

Those who have been following the story closely may recall that the IDF immediately denied using live bullets in the deaths of Nuwara, 17, and Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh, 16. Initially, military investigators claimed that shots may have been fired by the Palestinian side, rather than by Israeli troops, while top Israeli officials claimed the video, captured by security cameras, was actually forged.

A few days later, CNN footage revealed that it was likely that a Border Policeman was responsible for firing at at least one of the teens, but did not provide any conclusive evidence regarding the kind of bullets used. The Israeli mainstream media unquestioningly adopted the narrative of the defense establishment. Ever since the killings, Palestinian doctors, as well as the family members of Nuwara and Odeh, have repeatedly stated that the boys were killed by live fire.

More +972 analysis on the Beitunia killings:
On the media’s incredibly high bar for Palestinian stories
Truth, tapes and two dead Palestinians

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    1. Ginger Eis

      “Those who have been following the story closely may recall that the IDF immediately denied using live bullets in the deaths of Nuwara, 17, and Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh, 16. Initially, military investigators claimed that shots may have been fired by the Palestinian side, rather than by Israeli troops, while top Israeli officials claimed the video, captured by security cameras, was actually forged”.

      With all due respect, Mr. Edo Konrad, the above statement sounds rather silly because (a) nothing has changed re Israel’s position (IDF soldiers did not fire live-rounds); (b) Israeli Officials said that the video was (heavily) “edited”. That was and remains correct; (c) there were Palestinians in the vicinity carrying guns. The live-rounds could have come from them.

      The Jury is thus still out! Pls. wait for the investigation to conclude before the blind, frenzied rush to conclusions. Israel will do what she needs to do if said investigation shows that any IDF-soldier or Israeli agent is responsible for any of the deaths.

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      • JG

        Creepy lies and retarded nonsense. as always from RabBarGinger clown

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      • Felix Reichert

        Sure. The FIVE videos, each one ONE AND A HALF HOURS LONG and of course UNCUT are, and I quote you here, “heavily edited”…

        In reality, of course, we have raw footage that has not been edited at all. You can watch all the boring SEVEN AND A HALF hours OF UNEDITED FOOTAGE here, if you like:

        http://www.btselem.org/firearms/20140526_bitunya_killings_full_video_documentation

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        • Ginger Eis

          Mr. Reichert, context. Context. And context! Any story taken out of its context is just false. What was released over several days after the incident occurred were very small clips of the original video. Thus the statement that the video-clip(s) was/were “heavily edited” REMAINS valid! The fact that the makers of the video-clips – as a result of the criticism – were pressured into releasing the full video does not make that any different. Here is a copy of one of the video-clips the statements re “editing” refer to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaibEqx2m_k&feature=player_embedded
          (Sidebar: just like when you provided FABRICATED QUOTES on one of the pieces written by Mr. Noam Sheizaf and ran away after you were challenged to provide the PRIMARY SOURCES of said quotes, here you are again trying to sell another manufactured falsehood. You acted like a crook then. And you will remain a crook until you apologize for what you did!).

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          • Johnboy

            Now would be a good time to point out that Ginger has just verballed Konrad.

            Ginger is claiming this: ” Thus the statement that the video-clip(s) was/were “heavily edited” REMAINS valid!”

            Of course, that isn’t what Konrad said in his original piece, which was this: “while top Israeli officials claimed the video, captured by security cameras, was actually forged”

            Everyone should now mull the difference between the words “forged” and “edited”.

            Ginger has simply pulled the oldest trick in the book, which is to erect his own straw man argument and then…. argue against himself.

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          • Ginger Eis

            Johnboy,
            1. The phrase “heavily edited” REMAINS valid!” is a reaction to the post from the individual called Felix Reicht (I thought that’s evident);
            2. One Israeli Official use the word “doctored” in addressing the video clips. You do agree with me, don’t you, that “doctoring” is a form of “editing”.
            3. The claim that “Israeli Officials” said that the video clips are forged, is not supported by facts. Speculating on the possibility that said clips may be forged is not the same as stating that they are forged, and almost all of the speculators are not even “Officials” of the State Of Israel.

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          • Haifawi

            ‘Doctoring’ implies that the editing is done in bad faith. To equate ‘doctoring’ with ‘editing’ is similar to equating ‘rape’ with ‘intercourse.’

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    2. Felix Reichert

      Who would have thought: cutting and editing a video, so that it only shows the incident in question, instead of forcing the viewer to watch hours of absolutely nothing happening, is now considered “heavy editing”, at least by Ginger. Hear hear!

      So basically what you are claiming is that EVERY video shown in EVERY News program EVER is “heavily edited”, and therefore useless.

      Am I right or am I right?

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