ISRAELI OCCUPATION SOLDIER SHOOTS BLINDFOLDED, HANDCUFFED PALESTINIAN DETAINEE

From Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank

An Israeli occupation army soldier earlier this month shot from a close range and injured a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainee, an Israeli human rights group revealed Sunday.

According to B’tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the incident took place on 7 July, in Nil’in, a village in the central West Bank.

Palestinians and foreign peace activists hold regular and mostly non-violent protests against the confiscation by Israel of private Palestinian land for the construction of the “Separation Wall,” the gigantic barrier Israel is building in the area.

Vast swaths of Palestinian farms, orchards and groves have been seized by Israel under the pretext of building the wall, most of which is built deep in the West Bank far away from the so-called Green Line, the former armistice line between Israel proper and the occupied Palestinian territory.

According to a B’tselem report, Israeli occupation soldiers stopped and detained Ashraf Abu Rahma, 27, who was then blindfolded and handcuffed for about half an hour.

B’tselem quoted eyewitnesses as saying that Abu Rahma was beaten by soldiers who then dragged him to an army Jeep. There, a video clip showed one soldier aiming his rifle at the Abu Rahma’s legs from a distance of about 1.5 meters and firing a rubber-coated steel bullet at him.

Numerous Palestinians have been killed or maimed by Israeli army rubber bullets which can be quite deadly especially if fired from a short distance.

Abu Rahma told B’tselem that the bullet hit him in the left toe. He reportedly received treatment by an army medic before he was set free.

The video clips of the incident were provided by a 14-year-old Palestinian girl from Ni’ilin who filmed the incident from her house in the village. The identity of the girl has not been disclosed.

Israeli soldiers and settlers have lately escalated their abuse of mostly unprotected Palestinians.

In June, a number of masked Israeli settlers, carrying clubs, savagely attacked elderly Palestinian peasants and shepherds near the town of Yatta in the southern West Bank causing them grievous injuries.

Similarly, Jewish settlers earlier this month assaulted a Palestinian from the village of Sammou, also in the southern West Bank.

The settlers tied up the 35-year-old Palestinian teacher to a power pole and brutally beat him.

Human rights organizations operating in the West Bank have documented many cases of abuse by Israeli soldiers, especially by a notorious paramilitary brigade known as the Border Police.

Abuse cases included soldiers forcing Palestinian laborers to drink soldiers’ urines, forcing Palestinians to curse their religion, and forcing them to sing songs praising Israel and the Border policeman.

A few weeks ago, the Israeli television channel-10 revealed that Israeli soldiers manning a roadblock in the northern West Bank coerced a Palestinian worker to chant in Arabic the following refrain “Wahad Hummas, wahad fool, Allah Iyhayee Mishmar Gvul” (one dish of Hummus, one dish of beans, Allah salutes the Border Police.”

Normally, such abusive behavior on the part of Israeli soldiers goes unpunished which human rights groups contend only serves to encourage further abuse.

12 Comments

  1. biscuits007 said,

    July 21, 2008 at 00:42

    Ah, the brave IDF once again shows the world what an incredible collection of punks they are. Brave IDF guns down a handcuffed chump and wow-oh-wow-whee, isn’t the IDF a noble and warrior like collective. Yup, tough guys to the bitter end. Hmmm, that “end” might not be so very far off. Heads up Steve, incoming graphic to follow.
    respectfully,
    skulz

  2. zakimar said,

    July 21, 2008 at 17:38

    I don’t understand why EVERY Palestinian, Arab, Muslim, and Christian in or around Israel gets a gun, knife or any other weapon and stops EVERY Jew they see behaving this way. Israel does whatever it wants because the USA gives them $3 000 000 000 every year in money and weapons and additional “loans” and lets them do whatever they want. It’s time for ALL the Muslim countries to get together to supply Palestinians with weapons so that they can defend themselves.

    When/if Israel attacks Iran and Iran retaliates, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and everyone fighting the US occupation in Iraq should direct all their focus at attacking Israel together and showing the world that the US/Israel are not above Human Rights Laws.

    Also, it’s tragic that more people aren’t in Iraq and Afghanistan to slaughter the occupiers who are killing, raping, and torturing Muslims daily and have destroyed those two countries and now want to destroy Iran. Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo are just what we see; imagine the things that have been concealed. If countries such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia don’t do more to help the Palestinians end their suffering, the people should overthrow their dictators and all Muslim countries should have another oil embargo of the USA and Israel as well as applying sanctions on them. They can start by withdrawing all their assets from US banks and then freezing any US assets in their countries. The US and Israel will eventually be defeated, let us do whatever we can to make that happen sooner.

    As I am a father of young children, the least I have done, was to stop buying ANY USA products or visiting the US since they attacked Iraq in 2003. I estimate that my actions alone have taken about $15 000 per year out of the US economy and I was going to buy a property in the US this year but will NEVER consider that until there is a Palestine once again. There are 1.5 billion Muslims in the world – STOP buying USA products or investing in that country!!!

  3. Tony said,

    July 21, 2008 at 19:56

    God’s chosen people at their best.

  4. Neil said,

    July 21, 2008 at 20:02

    The entire WORLD is getting knives guns and such in preparation to fight the Zionist driven NWO.

    We have to be armed and prepared when they “come for us” in the dead of night like they are doing to these poor Palestinians.

    I’m not American, nor Israeli, but I know the free world hangs in the balance.

    I will never go to the US except maybe to kill Warcriminals, until their country is back in the hands of its people.

  5. Bard said,

    July 21, 2008 at 21:29

    It’s sickening what Israel is doing, and even more sickening that the holocaust has taught them absolutely nothing. The Israeli military should get it over with and put SS death heads on their uniforms – that is exactly what they are.

  6. brian said,

    July 21, 2008 at 21:30

    has Gordon Brown seen this? If not, maybe he should be tied up and forced to sit thru a viewing. Brown has proven hes just another willing patsy, serving the very terrorist thugs who decades ago killed british personnel in King david hotel.

  7. Bard said,

    July 21, 2008 at 21:30

    let me clarify – what the ‘holocaust claims’ should have taught them.

  8. ANTIAMERICANAMERICAN said,

    August 8, 2008 at 08:52

    THE AMERICAN MEDIA HAS LIED TO ME MY WHOLE LIFE ABOUT THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND AMERICA’S SUPPORT FOR SUCH AN EVIL ORGANIZATION. THE ISRAELI SOLDIER IS THE TRUE TERRORIST! GOD FORGIVE AMERICA, GOD FORGIVE US ALL FOR ALLOWING SUCH CRIMES AGAINST HIM AND HIS CHILDREN. GOD DAMN ALL OF THOSE WHO DARE COMMIT HATEFUL AND MALICIOUS CRIMES IN THE NAME OF ANY OF HIS RELIGIONS! MAY THOSE WHO USE ANY OF GOD’S RELIGIONS TO BRING DEATH, DESPAIR AND SUFFERING GET THE SAME IN RETURN!

    IFAMERICANSKNEW.COM

  9. joeland7 said,

    July 21, 2009 at 17:38

    Israel is a Rothschild’s invention guise under Judeo-Christianity. They have use the Rapture Hoax theology to trick Christians to believe that they are the rightful heirs of Palestine. Its all a lie. They have stolen land from the people of Palestine.

    http://joeland7.wordpress.com/2009/07/21/the-new-world-order-and-the-seduction-of-the-world/

  10. Doug@usa.com said,

    August 30, 2009 at 22:04

    So, tell me again what the difference is between this and the images we have of Nazi soldiers gunning down Jews on the Eastern Front?

    “God” is supposed to be omniscient – knowing everything that ever was, is and will be. So he knew from the beginning that these people would turn out this way, so how could he have “chosen” them to be his favorite people on earth? If these are the people that “God” has chosen to be his favorites, then “God” must be a terribly evil, sadistic monster. I would rather spend eternity in “the other place” (or anyplace for that matter) than to spend it with any “God” that would choose Jews to be his favorites over all other people on earth.

  11. Holocaust Gaza said,

    August 31, 2009 at 01:14

    So what? What we are doing about it? Remember during the NAZI regime we had resistance group, which went out and killed, ambushed the Nazis.

    What do we have now? Think! Don’t fret about things while you pay the taxes which makes this all possible.


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