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IDF kills Palestinian suspected of vandalism

Army claims the teen was attempting to damage the separation barrier; his family says he was foraging for plants.

Illustrative photo of an IDF sharpshooter aiming his weapon (Photo by ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock.com)

Illustrative photo of an IDF sharpshooter aiming his weapon (Photo by ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock.com)

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a young Palestinian suspected of vandalism in the southern West Bank on Wednesday, Israeli and Palestinian media reported.

The Israeli military spokesperson said the young man was attempting to damage the separation barrier, Ynet reported. His family asserted `he was picking plants for cooking, according to Ma’an.

The army claimed it first shot in the air and then at the young man’s lower extremities. Nevertheless, this is a case of soldiers using lethal force on a teenager suspected of vandalism.

The Ma’an news agency identified the young man as 15-year-old Yousef Nayif Yousef Sawamrah Abu Akar, from the village of Deir al-Asal al-Fauqa.

The Israeli army has killed six other Palestinians since the start of the month, including a Jordanian judge who was shot to death at the Allenby border crossing.

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    1. Bar

      Okay, your links do not show anything you’ve written. The link showing “six Palestinians” killed by the IDF this months shows nothing of the kind. The link about the JORDANIAN judge does not show him to be Palestinian. The link from an “Israeli” source about the killing of this young man does not indicate what you’ve written at all. In fact, it is an AFP report, apparently licensed by Ynet, and it gives a confusing and different version of events:

      HEBRON — IDF troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the southern West Bank on Wednesday, after he and two others were trying to sabotage the West Bank separation fence.

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      “Earlier today three suspects sabotaged the security fence in Deir al-Asal al-Tahta, southwest of Hebron,” an IDF spokeswoman told AFP, saying troops had verbally warned them away from the area then fired warning shots in the air.

      When that did not work, troops “fired towards the lower extremities of the main instigator,” she said, confirming he was hit.

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      “He was evacuated to an Israeli hospital where he died of his wounds.”

      There were conflicting reports on where the incident took place, with the IDF saying it occurred near Deir al-Asal al-Tahta, and the Palestinians saying it happened near the al-Ramadin village.

      There were also contradictory reports on the identity of the Palestinian who was killed. AFP and Palestinian news agency Ma’an quoted a Palestinian security source who identified the Palestinian as 15-year-old Yussef Sami Shawamreh. AP quoted Palestinian police who identified the man as a 21-year-old from a village near the city of Hebron.

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      • The Jordanian judge lived in the West Bank for many years. I don’t know if he was forced out through one of the periodic flare ups or left to make a career. But he’s called “Palestinian” because of this past, and he likely has friends or family still resident in the WB.

        On the issue at hand, the killing of this vandal or “saboteur,” I am somewhat reminded of a US Supreme Court Case of the 1980’s where the issue before the bench was whether police could shoot at a fleeing suspect who had not engaged in deadly force. The Court ruled 7-2 that the police cannot, for the shooting becomes a punishment without due process (criminal conviction); Justice Rehnquist and a young on the Court O’Conner dissented.

        The circumstances are not identical at all here. Yet there is something quite disproportionate in killing a young man, 15 or 21, for vandalism. Why not use tear gas? I do find an abstract similarity between the USSC case and this shooting in that in neither case is recovery from error possible.

        And, in the present case, I sincerely doubt that an internal IDF investigation will change applied operating directives at all; that just doesn’t seem to happen anymore.

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        • sh

          Why not arrest him and try him in a court of law? The worst military court wouldn’t sentence a man to death for trying to vandalize a fence.

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          • The only law here is a likely young trigger finger. And because the sniper likely has a rather long life ahead, and because youth are conscripted into the IDF and must not be shamed for such acts, as they defend the nation and are seen as in jeopardy, I doubt anything at all will happen to the trigger finger; nor will the IDF actually change any protocol publicly; nor will any kind of compensation be offered to the boy/man’s family.

            There are ways to try and induce change. Officers could be made responsible for such acts, careerists, taking some of the focus off the trigger; that might induce changes in training and awareness. But this requires self criticism within the IDF, then made public. I cannot see this at present.

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      • Tim Arnold

        There is no excuse for shooting dead a fifteen year old boy for vandalising a concrete wall. It matters not if they fired warning shots before they murdered him or asked him really really nicely.

        Lets just leave it at that shall we, lest we start excusing all manor of heinous crimes.

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        • Bar

          “AP quoted Palestinian police who identified the man as a 21-year-old from a village near the city of Hebron.”

          That’s first. Second, with all due respect, Palestinian groups have sent teenagers to Israel wearing suicide vests. Nobody here is advocating for anybody’s death or the killing of anyone, but one shouldn’t just accept whatever Ma’an and its sources proclaim.

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          • sh

            No-one claimed he was wearing a suicide vest and the IDF has ways of dealing with such suspicions that do not include summary execution. In addition, it matters not if he was 21, 15 or 70.

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          • Bar

            We agree. Nobody should be killed. Who is arguing otherwise?

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          • Take the money and run. You’re losing the battle. In the end it’s a moral war. People will wake up, some day.

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          • The Trespasser

            I always suspected that you are a silly Judeophobe, but now I know it for a fact.

            You see, Jews who were expelled from Arab stated really have nowhere to run, even if they wanted to.

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      • Joe

        “The link from an “Israeli” source about the killing of this young man does not indicate what you’ve written at all”

        Maybe you can point out where such big differences are?

        The story is quite clear:

        A young Palestinian boy approaches the fence (we don’t know what for). He is warned to get away. He disobeys. He is shot dead.

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      • Jason

        Would you have condoned an East German soldier shooting a boy who was chipping away at the Berlin Wall?

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    2. Khaled Khalid

      Oooohhhhhhh Israel!

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    3. Danny

      Interesting reason for killing a child: He vandalized our property.

      I wonder if that excuse would hold up in (international) court?

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    4. Matt

      How come you refer to the Israeli military forces as the “IDF”? They are occupation forces, and this is a clear demonstration of what occupation forces do. The soldiers were not acting in defense.

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    5. Bar

      Why was my comment censored when all I did was point out the author’s links do not bear out his claims? The Ynet article, in particular, written by AFP, tells a different story. Why evade the truth?

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      • george smiley

        And one day, when the chickens come home to roost again, and Jews are again being hunted down by angry mobs, the old cry will go up: “Why us? What did we do?”.
        Strange, they’re supposed to be a cluey people. This is just embarrassing.

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        • Bar

          Um, are you projecting your wishful thinking?

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          • george smiley

            There you go again Bar. It’s not all about you, you know? When other people get killed, it hurts too.

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      • Bar, you aren’t being censored in this case; your comment is up. What I have found is that replies to comments are more likely to immediately appear than first or stand alone comments. I have guessed, nothing more, that the post authors like to read first comments before posting them, so they get a “real time” feel for the impact of their work, but I don’t know, really.

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    6. BaladiAkka 1948

      I know most Israelis want Palestinians not to exist, but that “Jordanian judge” was a Palestinian with Jordanian citizenship. Raed Zeiter was born in Nablus, his wife and kids live there and he was buried there.
      But of course we all know if Zeiter hadn’t been a Jordanian citizen, just an ordinary Palestinian farmer, Papy Peres wouldn’t have sent his condolences “on behalf of the Israeli State”.
      Daoud Kuttab has a good article on the killing and the IDF-lies surrounding it, such as the cameras not filming that particular day:
      http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=681310

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      • The Trespasser

        “Palestinians” still do not exist, even after 60 years of intense myth-making.

        As it seems from here, creating a people which never existed before, is a bit more complicated than Arafat’s KGB handlers thought.

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        • Joe

          Why trolling over the death of a human being? Nothing better to do?

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          • The Trespasser

            1) I really don’t see much (if any at all) difference between, say, ants, pigs and humans.

            2) Trolling and programming microcontrollers have a lot in common, actually: same level of intelligence can be observed among Atmel devices and Israel bashers.

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    7. The Trespasser

      >Why not arrest him and try him in a court of law?

      Why? Because should IDF arrest him, next day 20 Arabs will try to damage the fence, and the day after that 2000.

      Immediate death sentence is the only way to deal with people who would rather die than make peace with Jews.

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      • BaladiAkka 1948

        Yeah, Palestinians should kill Israeli trespassers as well, every thug setting foot on Palestinian land, right…
        That would leave 972mag without a good number of the usual commenters I guess.

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        • The Trespasser

          You would had been right – if “Palestinians” existed.

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