soldier who executed a Palestinian lying injured on the ground has been
arrested. We can be sure that this
animal will, once the publicity has died away, be quietly released after at
best a nominal punishment. Israeli killers
in uniform never serve time, still less a sentence of years in prison, unlike Palestinian
resistance fighters who serve decades on the basis of confessions extracted by
is all about and what Western politicians like the execrable Clinton praise so
morning, according to media reports, Palestinians Ramzi al-Qasrawi and ‘Abd
al-Fatah a-Sharif were shot after stabbing a soldier in Tel Rumeida, Hebron.
The soldier sustained medium-level injuries. While al-Qasrawi died on the spot,
a-Sharif was injured and fell to the ground. In video footage captured by
Hebron resident ‘Emad abu-Shamsiyah, who sent it to B’Tselem, he is seen lying
on the road injured, with none of the soldiers or medics present giving him
first aid or paying him any attention at all. At a certain point, a soldier is
seen aiming his weapon at a-Sharif and shooting him in the head from close
range, killing him. Although this occurs in the plain view of other soldiers
and officers, they do not seem to take any notice.
wave of violence that began in October 2015 is shocking and Israeli security
forces must use all the force necessary, depending on the circumstances, to
protect the public. The law is clear: shooting to kill is only permitted when
the person is endangering the lives of others. Once the danger is over, he or
she must not be harmed.
street killings are the direct consequence of inflammatory remarks made by
Israeli ministers and officials, augmented by the general public atmosphere of
dehumanization. Some top officials have commented, here and there, on the
importance of abiding by the law and refraining from use of excessive force.
This includes a recent public statement made by the chief of staff and comments
included in a formal letter
by the minister of defense to B’Tselem in response to a query. However, the law
enforcement authorities are by and large turning a blind eye to repeated grave
suspicions of extrajudicial killing by the security forces, and these backed in
the field by commanders. The message to the Israeli public is undeniable:
attempting to injure a civilian or a soldier is a death sentence.