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Videos show Israeli soldiers sniping unarmed protesters in Gaza

Attempts to retroactively portray Friday’s demonstrators as Hamas militants, stone-throwers, or human shields serves only one purpose: to quiet the Israeli conscience.

The Israeli army and Israel’s hasbara apparatus wasted no time blaming the 16 Palestinians killed by Israeli army snipers last Friday for their own deaths. Infographics were released within hours. Talking points distributed. Israel was defending its sovereign border, they said.

Two videos published on the day of the carnage in Gaza, however, show a different story. They appear to show Israeli snipers positioned behind dirt mounds on the other side of the border fence shooting and killing unarmed protesters — carrying neither weapons nor rocks nor Molotov cocktails — who posed absolutely no threat to security forces — or anyone, for that matter.

The first video appears to show Israeli soldiers shooting 19-year-old Abdel Fattah Abdel Nabi in the back as he is running while holding a tire (tires are often burned by protesters across the world, including by Jewish Israelis, to provide smoke screens as protection from security forces).

A second video published the same day appears to show soldiers shooting a Palestinian demonstrator as he gets up following prayers. Like Abdel Nabi, the protester poses no threat to the soldiers.

The Israeli army accused Hamas of published edited or fabricated videos, but at least the top video exists from multiple angles and was witnessed by a number of people. The army also claimed that most of those killed were Hamas militants, but The Washington Post reported that there were no signs of affiliation with the Islamist group at Abdel Fattah Abdel Nabi’s funeral and that his family denied he was in any way connected to the group.

But if the above videos teach us anything, it is that Israel needed no pretext for shooting and killing those 16 protesters. In fact, Israeli generals told the cabinet ahead of time that there would be Palestinian casualties. Attempts to retroactively portray them as Hamas militants, stone-throwers, or human shields serves only one purpose: to quiet the Israeli conscience.

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    1. Itshak Gordin Halevy

      Why do they approach the Israeli border? Deliberate provocation..

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      • mika

        But they were inside of Gaza, not in Israeli side? Ok, so palestinians can shoot Israeli soldiers if they approach Gaza border then. Surely same rules apply to both sides?

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        • Itshak Gordin Halevy

          Mika, they try to do it but we do our best to protect our soldiers.

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      • Andre

        Your comment is completely misplaced. This article describes a) someone who is shot while running AWAY from the border, and b) some one who doesn’t move at the moment he ist shot.

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    2. JayHobeSound

      Utterly dishonourable, immoral Israeli Occupation Forces shooting unarmed civilians, especially children.

      The Israeli govt regime has destroyed its own sense of humanity.

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    3. Ben

      ‪‘End the Tour de l’Ile de Montreal‬’ ‪exemplifies Israeli obtuseness and cold, condescending racism. ‬

      ‪Three possibilities: ‬

      1. ‪He’s a coward. The Palestinians are not. ‬

      2. ‪He has a complete inability to empathize with the Palestinians in this situation.
      Read this to understand: ‬
      Debunking Israel’s Talking Points on Deadly Gaza Protests
      To understand why Gazans are willing to pit their bodies against an army, peel away the political positioning on all sides

      3. ‪Both 1 and 2. ‬

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      • Lewis from Afula

        Empathizing with a Pretend Phantom People that does not exist is the worst delusion of all.

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        • Ben


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        • john

          ido geller and fellow travelers spend so much time scrutinizing palestinian behavior they don’t bother to address israeli extremism

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