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Israeli Army Shootings of Civilians

Compiled by Michael A. Hoffman II

Last Update: Oct. 28, 1999

Palestinian, 29, Shot to Death By Israeli Soldier

Bethlehem -- The fatal shooting on Oct. 25, 1999 of a local Palestinian souvenir vendor by a Jewish soldier at Rachel's Tomb was unprovoked.

Imad Madbuh, who owns a garage across the street from the scene of the crime, witnessed the murder of unarmed Palestinian civilian Musa Abu Hilayel, 29. Madbuh testified that an Israeli soldier had called over Abu Hilal and demanded his identification card, and as the Palestinian reached for his pocket he was shot.

Palestinian, 16, Killed by Israeli Soldiers

JERUSALEM -- Violent attacks on Palestinians erupted anew in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, July 2, 1997 and a 16-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli soldiers.

The Jewish soldiers opened fire on the unarmed civilians after Jewish settlers from the Gush Qatif settlement in the Gaza Strip began bulldozing land that Palestinians claimed was theirs, and Palestinian youths began throwing stones.

Witnesses said Israeli soldiers fired into the protesters, killing the youth and wounding six others.

The clashes accompanied a general Palestinian strike called to protest anti-Muslim posters spread by an Israeli woman last weekend depicting Mohammed as a pig.

Israeli Police Chief Says Troops Cannot Shoot Jews, Even Killers

On March 10, 1994 Israeli Police Commander Meir Tayar stated that all Israeli armed forces have standing orders never to shoot at Jews, even if the Jews are shooting Palestinians. Tayar said Jews are not to be fired upon, period. "There were special instructions regarding this," Chief Inspector Tayar said. "...if a (Jewish) settler in Hebron fires purposefully, under no circumstances should he be shot at."

Palestinian Teen Shot to Death in Senjil During Dispersal of Protest

Abdullah Kerka, 18, from the Senjil village was shot to death Oct. 22, 1996 by the Israeli army, the newspaper HaAretz reports.

On Oct. 21 the body of another Palestinian, Fathi el Sahouri , 40, was found in his car near an Israeli army checkpoint. Palestinians residents of the town were protesting the death of Sahouri, who was shot by Israeli vigilantes ("settlers") from a moving vehicle.

Israeli troops, who were sent to the village to quell the protest over Sahour's death, then shot to death demonstrator Abdullah Kerka.

Israeli Soldiers Celebrate after Shooting Palestinian Protesters in the Head. Sept. 25, 1996.

Eyewitness Account

Nigel Parry

Bir Zeit University, Palestine

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has always taken place primarily in a "warzone" where words, not bullets, are used as ammunition. When live ammunition does enter the conflict, their voices are quickly "put into context" by the slick Israeli propaganda machine. "If we opened fire," it smiles, "we had no choice." "If they opened fire," it sobs, "now you see what our efforts to achieve peace are up against."

On Wednesday 25 September,...Palestinian protesters and (Palestinian) police across the West Bank and Gaza Strip were met with live ammunition, helicopter gunships and tanks...In Ramallah, as Israeli soldiers killed unarmed Palestinian demonstrators, we photographed them doing it.

As Israeli spokesmen emphasized that their troops were "only" using "rubber bullets", we took photographs of injured people's faces and of the plastic-coated steel bullets that tore through them.

As Israeli soldiers cheered, danced and gave each other "high fives" when they shot demonstrators in the head with live ammunition, we stood quietly and watched as witnesses.

As Palestinian Police finally opened fire on Israeli soldiers, who had been shooting both Palestinian civilians and policemen from inside Palestinian territory, we noted the context.

As helicopters shot up civilian homes, we collected the fragments of the 20mm explosive bullets they used. In the hospital, as the floors we walked on became stained with blood, we collected statistics on the injured, dead and brain dead.

(c) Nigel Parry, 1996

October 3, 1996 One child shot to death and one other child and one adult seriously wounded in Saeer/Hebron by the Israeli Army (IDF)

In the village of Saeer, near Hebron, Israeli "settlers" (Jewish vigilantes) and Israeli Army soldiers opened fire on Palestinian children, killing Ashraf Abdul Kareem Issa Lintour, aged 12, who died immediately from a bullet that penetrated his abdomen. In addition, one other Palestinian child and one adult were seriously injured by Israeli gunfire:

Muítaz Mohammad Ali Jaradat, 14 years old, was shot in the abdomen by Israeli soldiers using live ammunition.

An adult, Ghaleb Mahmoud Abbas al Frouh, 17 years old, was shot in the chest and abdomen also by live ammunition.

While in agony from their bullet wounds, the survivors were arrested at an Israeli checkpoint on their way to the hospital ,where were both were eventually admitted to the Tansplant Unit-Surgery B of Hadassah Hospital/Jerusalem in critical condition.

The gunshot wound to the lower part of the abdomen of Muítaz Mohammad Ali Jaradat, has seriously injured his bladder and rectum. He needs reconstruction surgery soon. He is sedated most of the time on tranquilizers. The Israeli nurses would not explain the excessive use of tranquilizers. Muítaz, aged 14, was constantly crying, calling for his mother and expressed extreme fear of the strange surroundings he found himself in. He pleaded with his Palestinian visitors to stay with him, and when he saw the Israeli soldiers forcing them out, Muítaz begged the visotrs to promise they will come back.

Ghaleb, aged 17, suffered serious kidney damage from Israeli gunfire and was chained to his bed.

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