The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are under fire after doing, quite literally, the same to a Palestinian individual at the Gaza border fence — and filming it.
In December of last year, an Israeli soldier inhumanely filmed a video of another soldier firing at an unarmed Palestinian man across the fence between Israel and the Gaza strip. The video, which was leaked today, shows the Palestinian civilian being shot in his leg and falling to the ground, followed by joyous applause and hollers from the soldiers, excitedly exclaiming “Yes! Son of a b***h!” in celebration — disturbing would be an understatement.
The Israeli government is defending the actions of their army by arguing that shooting him was justified because he was involved in a protest against the Israeli government. In the video, it is clear that the victim was not perpetuating any violence; instead, he is merely standing by the fence. However, the fact that the wounded individual had previous organized protests against the Israeli control of Palestine was enough for the IDF to start firing.
Instead of condemning this behavior, the Israeli defence minister has taken a different approach. The minister claimed that the sniper, responsible for killing an unassuming individual, deserves a national celebration and commendation whereas the cameraman behind the murder mystery deserves reprimand. IDF: where war crimes are permitted, but not flash photography.
The leaked video has surfaced during a particularly violent week in Gaza, following a stream of Palestinian protests and the murder of Palestinian journalist, Yaser Murtaja, covering said protests. He was shot while wear a vest clearly labelled “PRESS.”