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Israeli forces shoot 11-year-old Palestinian in head with rubber bullet

Not a single Israeli outlet covered the incident.

An Israeli Policeman prepares to fire a sponge-tipped bullet during a Nakba Day demonstration in East Jerusalem, May 15, 2013. (Haim Schwarczenberg)

An Israeli Policeman prepares to fire a sponge-tipped bullet during a Nakba Day demonstration in East Jerusalem, May 15, 2013. (Haim Schwarczenberg)

The Israeli army shot an 11-year-old Palestinian boy in the head with a rubber bullet Monday night during a raid on Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said that the child was evacuated in a moderate condition to Israel’s Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem after Israeli forces shot him in the forehead with a rubber-coated steel bullet.

According to Ma’an News Agency, the boy was one of three Palestinians wounded by rubber bullets after Israeli forces entered the camp, leading to clashes with local youth. The boy was evacuated to Hadassah Medical Center. Two other Palestinians, including a 60-year-old man, were also wounded by rubber bullets. Ma’an reported that an Israeli police spokesperson said he was “not familiar” with the incident.

This is certainly not the first time Israeli forces have shot and severely wounded Palestinian children with riot dispersal weapons. In December 2014, Israeli troops shot five-year-old Muhammad Jamal Ubeid with a sponge-tipped bullet as he was stepping off a school bus near his home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya. In May 2015, Jerusalem Police shot a 10-year-old boy in the eye during clashes in Shuafat refugee camp. In November 2016, 15-year-old Fares Bayed was shot in the head by a rubber bullet outside Jalazun refugee camp in the West Bank. He remained in a vegetative state for several months until he died in a Ramallah hospital. There are countless other examples.

Israelis rarely hear about such stories because the media tends not to give them much prominence. In the case of Monday night’s shooting, not a single Israeli outlet covered the incident. Can anyone imagine the same kind of radio silence had the roles been reversed and it were a Palestinian who shot an 11-year-old Israeli child in the head with a rubber bullet?

h/t Idan Landau

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    1. Lewis from Afula

      The refugee camp inmates are “Samudists” ie they are death cult members that seek the eventual destruction of the state of Israel. As such, repatriation of these people back to Jordan is the only sane solution.

      Remember, repatriation is the only solution we have not yet tried !

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      • JeffB


        What is a Samudist? Never heard of it.

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    2. JeffB

      This is a total mess. And one that I think is Israel’s fault with the UN bearing some of the blame. You have a camp that is technically annexed. So it is part of Israel. In which case this kid should have been a citizen. But its outside the separation wall. So is control relinquished? Doesn’t seem like it since they pay Israeli taxes. If Israel is going to revert to a PA area it needs to revert. If they are not going to revert there is absolutely no excuse for a soldier doing routine law enforcement.

      And finally why is the Red Crescent and not the Magen David Adom the one who picked him up? As someone who participated in pressuring the US Red Cross and the International Red Cross to have Israel’s ambulance service recognized, this should be Israel’s ambulance service. It is one thing in areas that aren’t annexed, and even here I agree with Danny Dayan. But in annexed territory.

      This shooting is happening in a dead zone for law. Israel should not have lawless zones.
      Much as I would like to pass the blame, I don’t see it. This is the kind of lawless inconsistent BS that justifies Israel’s critics. You couldn’t pick a better example of a mess.

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      • Ben

        Well of course this is a lawless inconsistent mess that justifies Israel’s critics, but your conceptualization of the problem is an inconsistent mess that muddles everything. One reads what you write three times and still can’t quite figure out what you are saying. But the one thing that is clear, is that, deliberately or haplessly, you show no evidence of having a clue about what Israel is really up to in all this mess. Believe me, the Israelis are not nearly as stupid as you make them out to be. They have every expert intention of being as messy and lawless and inconsistent and dodgy as you perceive them to be. It’s called “managing the conflict.” They mean to do it. It is not incompetence.

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        • JeffB


          What I’m saying is this is annexed territory. There should be no soldiers at all except in extreme circumstances, this was routine law enforcement. The ambulances should all be MDA no Red Crescent in Israel. UNRWA should have been kicked out decades ago. There are no refugees from Israel in Israel, you aren’t Syria. And this kid should have been a citizen.

          Israel needs to take its own annexations seriously. Though I have heard since I wrote this that Israel intends to relinquish the territory which would solve the problem. The West Bank is legally nebulous until Israel acts formally. Shuafat is not nebulus.

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          • Ben

            “What I’m saying is this is annexed territory.” Except it’s not. “There should be no soldiers at all except in extreme circumstances, this was routine law enforcement.” Except it’s not. The rest follows from the hollow falsity of this.

            “Israel needs to take its own annexations seriously.”

            Here and elsewhere (Sheizaf’s article on Catalonia, etc.) you’ve staked out a neo-fascist, Feiglinist position to the right of Naftali Bennett. You’re just not forthcoming about it, with us and with yourself for all I know. But we have concluded what you are really about behind the insurance lawyer façade. Because absent an endorsement of full annexation of all areas and full, prompt extension of one man one vote, I cannot see how you are fundamentally any different than Lewis from Afula in your aims and the lengths you will go. You just cloak it in all these obfuscations. Except when you don’t even cloak it. (“Yeah, pretty much,” to 18th Century-style brutal occupation and colonization.)

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          • Ben

            You are a peculiarly dishonest person, and unusually brazen and obtuse about it. You are an odd bird. It’s almost a kind of autism. Very odd.

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