The video in which the apparent sniper and his colleagues are heard cheering after hitting the man behind the fence emerged on Monday and has been widely shared, sparking a public outcry. The crack of an apparent gunshot is heard and one of the men, who had been standing still and appeared to be unarmed, falls to the ground.
“Wow, what a video. Yes!” Son of a bitch.
The claim was immediately rejected by one of Yasser Murtaja’s colleagues, who called the statement “ridiculous”.
Israeli forces have always been criticized for their use of excessive force against Palestinians, and what rights groups have termed their policy of “extrajudicial execution” in instances where Palestinians who did not pose a direct threat to the lives of soldiers could have been detained or subdued in a non-lethal manner.
In a statement, Fatou Bensouda’s office expressed “grave concern” over the shootings of Palestinians by Israeli troops during mass protests along Gaza’s border with Israel.
An Israel Defense Forces statement said the shooting caught on video had not taken place during the recent wave of protests in Gaza, during which Israeli snipers have killed at least 27 protesters. The shooter replies that there is barbed wire from the security fence blocking his shot.
Also on Sunday, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said there were “no naive people” in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.
Bennett was the first minister to rise to the defense of soldier Elor Azaria who was found guilty a year ago of shooting an already neutralized Palestinian assailant in Hebron on March 24, 2016.
The statement said the footage was not filmed by the Israeli sharpshooter but by a soldier from a different unit.
On Friday, the Palestinian UN ambassador told reporters in NY that nine Gazans were killed and over 1,000 injured by Israeli fire at the border protests.
Jamal Zahalka, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and a Knesset member of the Joint List party, told Haaretz that the video “indicates to the rule”. The nine dead Palestinians, including a journalist, were buried in Gaza on Saturday.
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Palestinian men wave their national flags as smoke billows from tires burned by Gazans at the Israel-Gaza border during a protest, east of Gaza City in the Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2018.
On Monday, the Gaza health ministry said Marwan Qudeih, 45, who was wounded by Israeli fire east of Khan Younis on March 30, died of his wounds. Israel’s response to the protests has drawn worldwide concern, with the European Union stating Saturday that there were “serious questions about the proportionate use of force”.
The United Nations Human Rights Council has repeatedly reminded Israel that imminent threat to life or injury is the only justification for the use of lethal force by security forces.
Hamas hopes the protests can create pressure to break a border blockade enforced by Israel and Egypt since 2007, when Hamas took over Gaza, without the militant group being forced to disarm.
I think the question now is, you know, all these people in the West who love to go around urging humanitarian intervention, and the West needs to stop Assad, the West needs to stop Gaddafi, the West needs to stop Saddam Hussein-doesn’t the West need to stop the Israeli government? “He was running away”.