More ugliness from the West Bank

Stuff like this happens everyday in the West Bank as peace activists attempt the most dangerous of all types of protest against Israel's military occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands, in this case, in Ni'ilin.

The nonviolent type.

Ashraf Abu Rahme shot by Israeli army while handcuffed and blindfolded

July 20th, 2008

In video footage released (see below) on the 20th July by B'Tselem, Ashraf Abu Rahme of Bil'in village, can be seen being handcuffed, blindfolded and then shot at close range by the Israeli army.

Ashraf was taking part in a solidarity demonstration attempting to break the siege of Ni'lin when he was detained by the army. While clearly handcuffed and unable to see, an Israeli soldier can be seen shooting Ashraf in the foot with a rubber-coated steel bullet from extremely close range, while another soldier holds him by the arm.

The footage was filmed by a resident of Ni'lin who showed it to international solidarity activists living in Ni'lin on the 19th July. The ISM activists were shocked by the footage and quickly passed it on to B'Tselem who have released it to the local, Israeli and international media. They came upon the video by chance, after paying a social visit to the home of the resident who shot the footage.

Click on the ugliness first hand. It only lasts one minute. It is not the exception. Incidents like this one happen everyday.

Thanks to the International Solidarity Movement for permission to publish today's atrocity. What will happen tomorrow?

While it is doubtful that this film will ever reach the international or American press, at least we here on left wing blogs can understand what is really happening over there as Israel pursues its military occupation and war against Israeli and Palestinian peace activists.

Tags: Israel, Ni'lin, nonviolent protest, Palestine (all tags)

Comments

5 Comments

Re: More ugliness from the West Bank

This was unbelievable. You can bet it is all over the middle east on Al Jazeera. It's why the Israeli's are screwing themselves. I was trying to find a way into Youtube so I could circulate it. Amazingly few comments here. I wonder why?  

by ottovbvs 2008-07-21 05:07PM | 0 recs
Re: More ugliness from the West Bank

No doubt it is all over the middle east on Al Jazeera and other media. That's why the US let alone Israel are seen in a negative light. It appears that as long as Americans and western Europeans are deprived of such information, it matters not a whit.

Why left wing bloggers are uninterested is beyond me. In the 80s, we rallied to the defense of Black South Africans, and in the 90s, we stood behind Bosnian Muslims.

Censorship and propaganda seem to be the main culprits.

by shergald 2008-07-21 06:07PM | 0 recs
Re: More ugliness from the West Bank

   Sadly, I understand this is a fairly common practice with Palestinians "detained" during demonstrations. The rubber-coated bullet smashes the small bones in the feet, making that person unlikely to take part in the running rock vs. machine-gun battles in the future. Pretty sickening, if you ask me.

by Kordo 2008-07-21 07:51PM | 0 recs
Re: More ugliness from the West Bank

shergald, I always appreciate greatly your diaries...you have reporting in your blood...I am grateful for your efforts.

by Liberty 2008-07-22 06:17PM | 0 recs
Re: More ugliness from the West Bank

It has been reported that Youtube has pulled the video of this incident. Why isn't anyone surprised, possibly as a result of US State Department encouragement.

by shergald 2008-07-23 01:03PM | 0 recs

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