Israeli Soldiers Kill Teenager in West Bank, Fourth Palestinian Death in a Week

John Glaser, January 15, 2013

Israeli Defense Forces on Tuesday shot from behind and killed 16-year-old Samir Awad, a Palestinian boy in the West Bank, as he was retreating*. The IDF claims Awad tried to breach the separation barrier Israel has built to help fortify their system of apartheid and land theft.

Mostafa Abu-Jarad, 21, was working on his farm in Beit Laheya when the Israelis shot him. Photo credit: Middle East Monitor

Mostafa Abu-Jarad, 21, was working on his farm in Beit Laheya when the Israelis shot him. Photo credit: Middle East Monitor

However, Ayeed Mora, a member of the Budrus Popular Committee, claims “that near the separation barrier that Israel built, IDF soldiers ambushed the youths and opened fire,” Haaretz reports. “There was no just cause to open fire, he asserts.”

“In recent days we feel an escalation by the army, which shoots at everything that approaches the fence, even if they are children,” Mora told Haaretz. “Time and time again we hear of the claim that the young Palestinians provoked or hurled stones, but nothing justifies the shooting of live rounds at children.” Mora added that the IDF “shouldn’t speak of provocations, the fact they built the fence on our lands is provocation.”

This is the fourth Palestinian killed by the IDF in a week. Israeli soldiers also shot a Gaza farmer, 21-year-old Mustafa Abu Jarad, in the head on Monday. This time, the IDF had no excuse and has refused to comment.

The last time Israel tried to quietly murder unarmed Gazans, it used Palestinian retaliation as an excuse to bomb the entire strip.

*Update: The Guardian reports that Awad was shot by Israeli forces in the back, as he was running away.

According to villagers, Samir was grabbed by soldiers who were concealed in a trench. He broke free and was running away when a soldier or soldiers opened fire. He was hit by three or four bullets, in his head, torso and leg.

Ayed Morrar, a member of the village popular resistance committee, said: “They shot him in cold blood, they shot him in the back. He wasn’t threatening them.”




41 Responses to “Israeli Soldiers Kill Teenager in West Bank, Fourth Palestinian Death in a Week”

  1. The fact they built the fence on our lands is provocation.

  2. The israeli cant wait to start another war so they are killing inocent gazans waiting for a responce with rockets, then complain that the arabs dont want peace. What a bunch of war mongors!.i hope hagel is waching.

  3. Hm,
    those people there in Israel make it very hard to anybody not to be what they call an "Antsemit".
    Is it just arrogance?

  4. The rogue state of Israel behaves very much like certain European regimes of the 1930's.

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  6. The Arab provocation of peaceful Israeli soldiers must stop. Perhaps if Allah were to lead them back to their promised land …….

  7. I find little difference between what the primarily Caucasian Nations are doing in ME and Africa and other places than what Israel is doing to the Palestinians, killing is killing and if ypu invade othrr peoples lands murder is murder.
    Institutionalized use of terror and a sence of superiority over other people lets the terms “national security and strategic interest” justify resources theft and assassination murder extortion and even sysytematic prostitution pf those peoples.
    Any nationns populace that allows such conduct outside its borders should expect that the worst aspects of that behavior to then be found within its own society.

  8. The brave and mighty IDF strikes again! When the grandchildren ask what you did in the IDF to defend Israel, you can stand and say you bravely shot a Palestinian kid in the back that was running away. I say another round of medals for the IDF. This type of courage is very rare! By the way, I thought they wanted to invade Iran?

  9. nah, Iran would fight back….let the US fight that war on Zionism's behalf just like the Iraq War.

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