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Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Gaza: A Barbaric Disposition

A video has appeared on YouTube and gone viral, showing a civilian shot down by an Israeli sniper, while innocently searching for survivors in a war torn street of rubble. [1]

Yet to be officially verified, it is a convincing amount of footage that has displayed the day-to-day atrocities committed in the Gaza; and be warned, the footage isn’t for the faint hearted. The video, released by the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement (ISM) films a group of international volunteers and Gaza rescue workers searching together for survivors in the Shejeiya neighborhood. A “ceasefire” allowed them to conduct the search after a ferocious Israeli assault on July 8.

What this highlights isn’t one man shot down. Rather, it highlights the elderly lady shot in cold blood, or the mother and child waving a white flag of surrender, killed by an Israeli soldier who served a 45 day jail term, as a consequence. It highlights the innocent civilians – the old, the children, the men protecting their families – gunned down in cold blood.

“That’s the beauty of Gaza, you see a man walking, he doesn’t have to have a weapon and you can shoot him,” Danny Zamir, an IDF soldier, was said by a superior officer when an order to shoot an elderly woman was questioned.

This isn’t the first time atrocities like this have occurred. In 2005, an unarmed 13-year-old Palestinian girl was killed by an Israeli army officer who shot her dead. He later boasted even if she was 3 years old, he would have killed her. He was acquitted of all charges.[2]

Since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge on July 8, more than 4000 have reportedly been wounded with a further 625 Palestinians killed – the majority being civilians. The Gaza Health Ministry also reported that of 56 civilians killed on Monday, a third of these victims were children. [3] [4]

[1] “Israeli sniper killing wounded civilian.” Retrieved 24 July 2014.

[2] Brett Wilkins (22 July 2014) “Video Allegedly Shows Israeli Sniper Killing Wounded Palestinian Civilian.” Moral Low Ground via Israel/Palestine War, War Crimes & Atrocities. Retrieved 24 July 2014.

[3] Brett Wilkins (22 July 2014) “Gaza Death Toll Tops 600 as Israel Bombs Homes, Hospital.” Israel/Palestine War, War Crimes & Atrocities. Retrieved 24 July 2014.

[4] (22 July 2014) “Israel Operation ‘Protective Edge’: 600 Killed in First Major Ground Battle in Gaza.” Retrieved 24 July 2014.

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