The Israeli murder machine has been going about its grisly work for a very long time. Army snipers have coolly and professionally killed over 120 unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in the last few weeks, shot and maimed many hundreds more.
Millions around the world are being shocked by this barbarism but few, even among those who support Palestinian freedom, appreciate the systematic manner in which the Israeli killing machine operates, and how the killers are granted impunity by the topmost echelons of the genocidal regime in Tel Aviv. Here are a few examples that could be multiplied by a thousand of how Israel brazenly denied its murders or tried to 'justify' them. From what we have learned in Gaza in recent weeks, we now know that Israeli snipers can kill without any qualms unarmed Palestinians who pose no danger to them.
3rd June 2018
Razan Najjar - the medic
Razan was a 21-year-old clearly marked volunteer paramedic. Palestinian Medical Relief Society said Najjar was shot dead “as she was attempting to provide first aid to an injured protester,” with three other first responders also hit by live fire on Friday. The Israeli Army tweeted at the start of their killing spree that their shooting was very deliberate: "We know where every bullet landed"
“Shooting at medical personnel is a war crime under the Geneva conventions,” the PMRC said in a statement, demanding “an immediate international response to Israeli humanitarian law violations in Gaza.”
Yasser Murtaja - the journalist
Yasser was working on April 6th when he was killed by a shot to the stomache by an israeli sniper. He was clealry marked 'PRESS'. That same day nine other Palestinians were killed by sniper fire, another 400 shot and a total of 1,350 injured by Israeli projectiles.
Mohammed Al Durra - the denial
Mohammed and his father, Jamal, were pinned down by an Israeli sniper before the soldier finally killed the 12 year-old Palestinian child in September 2000, a killing caught on film by a cameraman for TV stattion France 2. Jamal was gravely injured. The Israeli military launched an 'investigation' and Netanyah reported that the event had been staged and that there had been no killing.
Iman Al Hams - it's OK to shoot a 3 year-old
13 year-old Iman was shot down by an Israeli soldier on her way to school one morning in Rafah Gaza, after which a soldier appraoched Iman's prostrate figure and emptied a magazine of bullets into her body "to confirm the kill". Unusually, a program on Israel's Channel 2 aired a recording of the communications between the soldiers who killed Iman. It included: "This is commander. Anything that's mobile, that moves in the zone, even if it's a three-year-old, needs to be killed. Over." Iman qualified by a 10 year margin.
Chris Hedges - the Pulitzer Prize-winning US journalist
Hedges reported from Gaza at that time
Yesterday at this spot the Israelis shot eight young men, six of whom were under the age of eighteen. One was twelve. This afternoon they kill an eleven-year-old boy, Ali Murad, and seriously wound four more, three of whom are under eighteen. Children have been shot in other conflicts I have covered—death squads gunned them down in El Salvador and Guatemala, mothers with infants were lined up and massacred in Algeria, and Serb snipers put children in their sights and watched them crumple onto the pavement in Sarajevo—but I have never before watched soldiers entice children like mice into a trap and murder them for sport.
James Miller - the murdered British journalist
Miller was murdered in May 2003 by an Israeli soldier in Gaza, a British jury ruled unanimously at the inquest into his death. The jury told the coroners court in London that Mr Miller had been killed deliberately. The jury's spokeswoman said. "We can come to no other conclusion than that Mr Miller was indeed murdered. It is a fact that from day one to this inquest the Israeli authorities have not been forthcoming in the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr Miller's death." Three weeks before the ISraeli Army murder of Miller, another British inquest jury concluded that another UK citizen, Tom Hurndall. had also been murdered in Rafah by the Israeli Army three weeks earlier.
Arrnon Soffer - the Government advisor for genocide
Soffer, a 'geostragist' at the University of Haifa and advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, also lectured at the Israeli Army's National Defence College, where he was Head of Research. He shared his ideas publicly in a newspaper interview@
When 2.5 million people live in a closed-off Gaza, it's going to be a human catastrophe. Those people will become even bigger animals than they are today, with the aid of an insane fundamentalist Islam. The pressure at the border will be awful. It's going to be a terrible war. So, if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill. All day, every day.
The final photo above - "Kill them All" - is of one of many mass demonstrations across Israel in favour of the mass killing of Palestinians. Popular racism in Israel, the ideology that dehumanises Palestinians, is intense. Palestinians are in great danger from a regime where Government Ministers feewl comfortable to recommend mass killings of Palestinians.
The UK Government continues to authorise the sale of of sniper rifle parts to Israel, for sniper rifles that are used to massacre unarmed civilian demonstrators, now to mention British citizens.
The UK Government refused to support a call for UN protection for the Palestinians in the cross hairs of Israeli snipers and murderous Government Ministers. UK Ambassador's speech endorsing Israeli mass murder is here in full At the World Health Organisation meeting, the UK joined with the US, Israel, Canada, Australia and Guatemala to oppose a call for an investigation into the disastrous health situation in Gaza.
The biggest Scottish Local Authority pension funds invest in arms companies that supply Israel to massacre Palestinians and carry out other war crimes. While Palestinians are braving murderous sniper fire to demand their rights, will you help Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign to campaign against British complicity in those crimes?
Make a donation