Video Exposure of Two Palestinian
Teenagers Killed with Cold Blood by Israeli Occupation Soldiers
May 15, 2014
Image from video showing killing of two youth (image from DCI-Palestine)
New Video Shows Israeli Soldiers Killing Two Teens in
Unprovoked Attack Last Thursday
Tuesday May 20, 2014 10:36 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
A newly-released surveillance video showing the killing of two
teenage boys, age 16 and 17, by Israeli troops during a demonstration
last week contradicts Israeli accounts of the incident.
Israeli government claimed that the boys were throwing stones, the video
clearly shows that neither they nor any other youth were throwing stones
at the time the shots were fired. They were in the same area where a
protest had been taking place, outside of Ofer Prison, to mark the
occasion of the Nakba, or Catastrophe, on May 15th (the day the state of
Israel declared independence and established itself as a state on what
had been Palestine). But, at the time of the shooting of the two boys,
the protest was in a lull.
The video shows one boy walking
slowly, by himself, with no one around him and no protesters nearby and,
then, falling to the ground from a fatal gunshot wound. A few minutes
later, the second child is walking slowly, in nearly the same spot, when
he, too, falls to the ground from a gunshot wound.
The victims of
the shooting were identified as 17-year-old Nadim Siam Nuwara, and
16-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu al-Thahir.
Defence for Children International, which obtained and released the
video footage, the CCTV footage was captured by cameras mounted on the
building where the incident took place, which is owned by Fakher Zayed.
“The images captured on video show unlawful killings where
neither child presented a direct and immediate threat to life at
the time of their shooting,” said Rifat Kassis, executive director of
DCI-Palestine. “These acts by Israeli soldiers may amount to war crimes,
and the Israeli authorities must conduct serious, impartial, and
thorough investigations to hold the perpetrators accountable for their
Israeli officials made no comment on the new video
Thousands Attend Funeral for Two Boys Killed During Nakba
Saturday May 17, 2014 17:08 by Chris Carlson - 1 of International
Middle East Media Center Editorial Group
Palestinians attended, on Friday, the funerals of Nadeem Siyam Nuwara,
age 15, and Mohammad Odeh Abu al-Thahir, 17, who were shot dead by
Israeli forces during a demonstration in commemoration of the Nakba
(Catastrophe) of 1948, in which an estimated 700,000 Palestinians fled
or were expelled from their homelands by Israeli colonizers, and have
since become the largest refugee group in the world.
approximately 11 am, according to the PNN, a crowd gathered near the
Palestine Medical Complex, where the bodies of the two boys lay, and
began a funeral march towards Birzeit.
Numerous cars and hundreds of people took part in the procession,
carrying flags from all different political parties, and ending with a
Once finished, the PNN reports, the boys were
taken to their respective villages, Abu Shukheidim and al-Mazraa al-Qibliya,
where they were buried.
Several called for revenge, with others
stressing that the blood of the two youngsters should not be wasted.
They condemned Israel for its crimes against the Palestinian people
and called for the unity of all political factions to fight the illegal
Israeli occupation of their lands.
Although the majority of
Palestinians were expelled from their homes during the 1948 conflict
which led to the creation of the state of Israel, some managed to remain
and their descendants, today, make up around 20 percent of Israel's
As a result of the Syrian civil war, some 235,000
Palestinians have been displaced in Syria itself and 60,000, alongside
2.2 million Syrians, who fled the country, as of October 2013.
Palestinians make up the largest refugee group in the world, according
to UN statistics which, by 2010, had designated nearly 5 million
Palestinians with official refugee status.
UNRWA has estimated
that there were more than 7.2 million Palestinian refugees and displaced
persons at the end of 2005, according to The Institute for Middle East
See IMEMC article below: "Amnesty Condemns
Israel's 'Reckless Killings'"
Amnesty Condemns Israel's "Reckless Killings"
Saturday May 17, 2014 03:08 by Chris Carlson - 1 of International
Middle East Media Center Editorial Group
International human rights group Amnesty International has condemned
Israel's military for the murder of two Palestinian youth during a
protest on Nakba Day.
Human rights group Amnesty International
has condemned Israel's military for the murder of two Palestinian youth
during a protest on Nakba Day. "Israeli forces have displayed continuing
recklessness in their use of force against Palestinian protesters when
they killed a young man and a teenager, and injured others, during a
crackdown on demonstrations to commemorate the Nakba in the occupied
West Bank today," a statement from the organization said.
continues: "Israeli forces have repeatedly resorted to extreme violence
to respond to Palestinian protests against Israel’s occupation,
discriminatory policies, confiscation of land and construction of
Ma'an reports that the rights group has
expressed that the use of "unnecessary and excessive force" against
Palestinian protesters is unacceptable and must be stopped immediately.
"The Israeli authorities must ensure that their forces act in a
manner that respects and upholds human rights. Amnesty International is
calling for a prompt, independent, and transparent investigation into
these deaths and injuries," said Director of the Middle East and North
Africa Programme at Amnesty International, Philip Luther.
Furthermore, in February, Ma'an reports, Amnesty released a report
entitled 'Trigger-happy', in which Israel's "callous disregard" for
human life was cited, in addition to their near total impunity for the
killing of Palestinian civilians in cases examined since 2011.
The report also said that some of the killings, including that of Samir
Awad, age 16, in Jan. 2013, could be considered war crimes.
US, EU and UN Draw Attention to Killing of Two Teens near
Thursday May 22, 2014 01:24 by Chris Carlson - 1 of International
Middle East Media Center Editorial Group
Ashrawi condemns Israeli brutality
Representatives of the United States and the European Union have
expressed a concern and called for investigations regarding the
senseless deaths of two Palestinian teenagers on May 15 by Israeli
occupation soldiers, near Ofer prison, in the West Bank, during
Palestinian commemoration of the 1948 Nakba. UN representative Oscar
Fernandez-Taranco has called for a probe into the matter.
look to the Government of Israel to conduct a prompt and transparent
investigation to determine the facts surrounding this incident,
including whether or not the use of force was proportional to the threat
posed by the demonstrators," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki
"We express, of course, our condolences to the
families of those deceased and urge all parties to exercise restraint,"
Psaki said during a Washington press briefing.
According to Ma'an,
the comments come after video footage emerged which seemed to show the
deaths of 15-year-old Muhammad Audah Abu al-Tahir and 17-year-old Nadim
Siyam Nuwarah during a demonstration near Ramallah, on the anniversary
of the Nakba.
WAFA reports that the EU missions in Jerusalem and
Ramallah, in a statement Wednesday, expressed concern over the death of
two youth, stressing that "It is important that any such incidents are
"We reiterate the need for security
forces, whether Israeli or Palestinian, to refrain from the use of
lethal force, except in cases where there is a real and imminent threat
to life," the statement concluded.
Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, the
assistant UN secretary general for political affairs, urged Tuesday for
an "independent and transparent" probe into the circumstances
surrounding the killings, according to the Alternative Information
"It is of serious concern that initial information
appears to indicate that the two Palestinians killed were both unarmed
and appeared to pose no direct threat," Fernandez-Taranco said.
Dr. Hanan Ashrawi from the Palestine Liberation Organization accused the
Israeli regime of the "deliberate execution" of the two Palestinian
teenagers, AIC further reports.
"In the strongest possible terms,
we condemn the deliberate execution of two Palestinian teenagers who
were fatally shot with live ammunition outside Ofer prison last week,"
Ashrawi said on Tuesday, adding that Israel’s use of excessive and
indiscriminate violence and live ammunition on non-violent Palestinian
demonstrations "constitutes war crimes and crimes against humanity under
See link below for video footage in question.
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