GRAPHIC: NEW PHOTOS AND VIDEOS SHOWING ISRAEL'S TREATMENT OF PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS AT THE GAZA BORDER SPARKS FRESH DEBATE

There have been numerous debates over the use of force on Palestinian protesters by Israel at the Gaza border with Israel. The latest video to shows a Palestinian protester standing still on the Gaza part of the border security fence and behind the camera some Israeli soldiers can be heard dicussing shooting the man unprovoked. The man falls to the ground shortly after a shot rang out from behind the camera.
Palestinian journalist and photographer, Yasser Murtaja.
There have been numerous debates over the use of force on Palestinian protesters by Israel at the Gaza border with Israel. The latest video to shows a Palestinian protester standing still on the Gaza part of the border security fence and behind the camera some Israeli soldiers can be heard dicussing shooting the man unprovoked. The man falls to the ground shortly after a shot rang out from behind the camera.

One of the voices behind the camera cheered (translated from Hebrew by reuters:
"Wow, what a video. Yes! Son of a bitch! What a video." 
The viral video apparently brings an unwanted popularity and attention as the Israeli political spectrum condemns it. - Times of Israel.
It's also reported about thirty Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces at the Gaza border - the protest stronghold.

A preliminary inquiry clears the shooter of any misconduct saying he acted after other steps had been taken to warn the man away from the security fence saying the man was shot in the leg.
The defense minister recommended him for a honor.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said:
"The sniper deserves an honor and the cameraman a demerit."
Human rights groups said the video shows just one out of countless undue use of lethal force against Palestinian protesters by the Israeli force.

Israeli human rights group B’Tselemsaid in a statement:
"Incidents such as the one in the video published [Monday] occurred hundreds of times over the past few weeks in the Gaza Strip, causing death and injuries — with the full support of policymakers and top military officials."
Various photos and videos have emerged of Israeli force shooting unarmed Palestinian protesters.

European Union stated Saturday that there were "serious questions about the proportionate use of force."


"The Great March of Return" - the protests, will end on "Nakba Day" May 15, when Palestinians commemorate  the displacement of their people during the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

The Israeli military said it will launch an investigation into its response to the protests.

In a YouTube video on March 31, a young man was shown carrying a tire and running away from the fence on Gaza border when he suddenly fell to the ground.

He was later identified as 19-year-old Abdul Fattah Abdul Nabi, his family said:
"He had no gun, no Molotov, a tire. Does that harm the Israelis, a tire?" 
Abdul Nabi's brother Mohamed, 22, said:
"He wasn't going toward the Israeli side. He was running away."

Among the various photos and videos of shootings and killings at the border is one of Palestinian journalist and photographer, Yasser Murtaja, he can be seen looking wounded and definitely unconscious after being shot by Israeli forces in Friday’s demonstrations - he later died of his gunshot injury(ies)

The Israel military said it was investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident. On Tuesday, Israel’s defense chief alleged Murtaja was a paid member of Hamas ― the militia group that controls Gaza and that the United States of America considers a terrorist group ― but offered no proofs of his claims.
The media group that Murtaja co-founded, Ain Media, had recently received a grant from the U.S. government and had been strictly vetted.

While Palestinian groups have maintained the protests are peaceful, Israel alleges protesters have thrown Molotov cocktails and rocks, burned tires and attempted to break through the border security fence.

Israel also claimed Hamas was using the protests as cover to carry out attacks. Hamas said that several of its members have been killed in Israel’s crackdown on the protests.



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