Israel hounds Witness who filmed gruesome murder
By Khalid Amayreh in Hebron
Israeli soldiers and paramilitary settlers have been hounding and intimidating a Palestinian journalist who filmed the gruesome murder of an unarmed and badly wounded Palestinian at the hands of an Israeli police officer in Hebron a few days ago.
The film showed the trigger-happy Israeli officer fire several bullets on the head of the bleeding Palestinian, who then succumbed to his fatal wounds.
Israeli army sources alleged that the wounded Palestinian had sought to stab Israeli soldiers. Palestinian eyewitnesses disputed the Israeli narrative.
The hair-raising images of the crime generated angry reactions throughout the world.
The Israeli foreign ministry reportedly privately complained that the brief sketch might further tarnish Israel’s image.
Israel is already trying to fight a deepening international campaign aimed at boycotting Jewish settlements, viewed as illegal and illegitimate under international law.
The campaign, known as (Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions (BDS) has already prompted many foreign firms to terminate their operations in the settlements.
Earlier this week, the Israeli army briefly reprimanded the murderer for a few hours.
However, the Hebrew media has pointed out that the symbolic detention and interrogation of the murderer was a purely public relations measure, which would mitigate angry reactions and help Israel portray herself as law-abiding country unlike other countries in the Middle East.
According to Palestinian and Israeli human rights workers, when Israeli soldiers are caught “red handed,” e.g. brutally murdering a totally innocent Palestinian and without the slightest provocation, the murderer or Murderers are rebuked, not for carrying out the murderous act itself, but for having failed to ensure that no one would film the crime.
On Monday, the Israeli occupation authorities briefly detained Imad Abu Shamsiyya for filming the event using his cellular mobile phone.
However, it was apparently too late for the Israeli army to retrieve the film which had already found its way through the world-wide web.
Earlier, dozens of settlers surrounded Abu Shansiyya’s home in downtown Hebron, threatening to kill him if he “ ever did it again.”
Abu Shamsiyya on Monday appealed to Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmould Abbas to protect him and his family from settler attacks.
“These people are barbarians and savages who could embark on the unthinkable.”
Abu Shamsiyya added that the “Israeli army and government stand virtually powerless to rein in these hateful criminals. The reason for this is that the government itself and the army, to a large extent, are more or less controlled by the settler camp.”
In the past few years, settler terrorists crossed several red lines, including burning alive a Palestinian boy near Jerusalem, burning the home of a Palestinian family, the Dawabsheh family, resulting in the death of both parents and their child, and vandalizing several Muslim and Christian places of worship.
Last week, settler terrorists burned the home of a Palestinian witness who saw the deadly incident of burning the Dawabsheh family home.
Many settlers apparently harbor a decidedly genocidal mindset vis-à-vis Palestinians and non-Jews in general. They believe that the partial or complete physical extermination of the Palestinians, following the Biblical style, would expedite the appearance of the Redeemer or Jewish Messiah>
The Redeemer, according to Some Talmudic sages and Jewish mystics, would then bring about lasting salvation to Jews and the world and create a worldwide empire ruled from Jerusalem.