Israel to Discipline Filmer of Viral Gaza Protest Sniper Shot, Not Shooter

Conservative activist Avi Yemini, who obtained the footage from a spectator at the rally said that'hate crime gesture on Saturday afternoon was an act of intimidation

Conservative activist Avi Yemini, who obtained the footage from a spectator at the rally said that'hate crime gesture on Saturday afternoon was an act of intimidation

Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the soldier who shot the Palestinian "deserves a medal", but added that whomever made the recording should be demoted.

Israel has pledged disciplinary action over a soldier's leaked video showing an army sniper targeting a Palestinian across the Gaza border fence to profane praise from an onlooker, but deemed the shooting itself to have been exemplary.

In an official statement Tuesday the Israeli occupation army announced the action took place on December 22, 2017 and happened in the context of a "response to a violent riot", accusing the man who was standing near the border fence in no apparent act of violence of being suspected of organizing violent incidents.

Asked about the video, the IDF said it was looking into the matter.

Health officials in Gaza said they had no information about the man shot in the video and that his identity was unknown to them. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, meanwhile, told Israeli radio: "Was it so boring in this country over the last day that this video needs to receive such exposure?"

As crowds of people are seen running to the shot man on the Palestinian side of the fence, another voice appears to express delight that the victim "flew into the air". "I am convinced that everything is OK", he added, while also speaking of a "human reaction" by the soldiers confronted with a "tense situation". "Are you [trained] on him?" the commander is heard asking in the footage.

Soldiers talk over each over and then we see two of the Palestinians squatting near the barbed wire, while the third remains standing motionless. "That son of a b***h", one of the voices behind the camera exclaims in Hebrew.


"We have been complaining about this, but unfortunately nobody believes it unless an Israeli source documents it", Ashrawi told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Yousef Munayyer, who directs the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, pointed out how extreme Israel's rules of engagement now are, in permitting lethal fire to be used against protesters who even approach its perimeter fence around Gaza. There have been no Israeli casualties.

Israel's military said the "incident is being reviewed and will be thoroughly investigated".

A video clip that shows the cold-blooded killing of an apparently unarmed Palestinian purportedly by an Israeli military sniper.

Israel claims it has only opened fire when necessary to stop damage to the border fence, infiltration and attempted attacks.

The video was met with outrage internationally and from Palestinians and Israelis.

Ayman Odeh, apolitician from Israel's Arab minority, said it was "a clip that terrifies the soul, rejoicing over the taking of a life and what appears to be the execution of someone who endangered no one".

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