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Video: Israeli soldier fires gas canister at rights volunteer
Published Monday 02/12/2013 (updated) 04/12/2013 09:35
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli human rights group B'Tselem on Monday released video footage of an Israeli soldier deliberately firing tear gas canisters at a Palestinian volunteer in Beit Ummar.

Last Wednesday, B'Tselem volunteer videographer Muhammad Awad was documenting clashes in Beit Ummar between Israeli forces and Palestinians.

The first video Awad shot shows Israeli soldiers standing by a jeep and a stone landing next to them. The soldiers then fire several canisters in the direction of the stone-throwers, in a position behind and to the right of the cameraman.


(Abu Ahmad Awad/B'Tselem)

The second video shows the same Israeli soldier firing tear gas canisters in an arch behind Awad's position, before he is clearly seen pointing the weapon at the B'Tselem volunteer and firing a canister which hits him directly in the chest.


(Abu Ahmad Awad/B'Tselem)

Awad suffered bruising and was taken to the Alia hospital in Hebron for treatment.

B'Tselem created a composite image of video stills showing the canister's trajectory.

"The firing of tear gas canisters directly at individuals is a routine practice by soldiers and border police officers in the West Bank," B'Tselem said.

"It has already claimed the lives of two people and has injured dozens of others in recent years. The military, however, continues to deny such a practice exists and avoids addressing it systematically."

The rights group said it would send the footage to Israel's Military Advocate for Operational Matters to demand that the Israeli soldier involved is held accountable.

Palestinian activist Bassem Abu Rahmeh, 30, was killed in 2009 after being struck in the chest by a tear gas canister fired at close range by an Israeli soldier.

Israel's army closed an investigation into the killing in September this year after the Israeli military's prosecutor general decided that there was a lack of evidence.

Three video segments filmed during the protest show that Abu Rahmah did not act violently and did not endanger the soldiers in any way.

Other soldiers in the same video can be seen firing tear-gas canisters directly at protesters in the presence of senior officers and in complete contravention of the open-fire regulations, B'Tselem said at the time.
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1 ) abraham Weizfeld / Canada
02/12/2013 20:24
I can confirm that Israel's soldiers are firing at internationals, at videographers as well such as myself. I also have video posted on Youtube that shows a soldier firing at me while I was behind a short wall in a field at the Kusra village September 23, 2011.

2 ) southparkbear / usa
02/12/2013 22:02
this is a legitimate act against rioters, looters and terrorists

3 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
02/12/2013 22:42
Ah yes...Beit Ummar where the residents regularly try to kill Israeli civilians by smashing rocks through their car windows and trying to get them to crash and die. Lots of factual evidence of Palestinian war crimes on You Tube to verify this. Throwing rocks at civilian heads in an attempt to kill them is not "resistance" - it's a war crime.

4 ) southparkbear / usa
03/12/2013 08:07
maybe abu rahmah did not act violently but abu rahmeh surely did

5 ) Rami / Palestine
03/12/2013 10:09
Wow, a new world record. I didn't expect Cohen and his fuzzy wuzzy southpark bear buddy to reply so quickly in support of shooting unarmed protesters in the face. Good deal, bros. I particularly in enjoyed Bri's shout of "Look it! Palestinian War Crimes!" when this article and video are about an ISRAELI SOLDIER blatantly committing one. We all know, Israel has never and I mean neeeevvverrr committed war crimes, huh? As for Southpark? Well, what can be said? He's just a neanderthal. Ignore him.

6 ) JoeUSA / USA
03/12/2013 22:34
Clearly the IDF is either lying or not enforcing its rules of engagements on its soldiers. In previous incidents such as this one , the IDF insisted that their troops are not to fire gas canisters directly at persons but rather in the direction/vicinity of persons. This case is clearly against what the IDF public code of engagement. Having an investigation proves the following 1- IDF never investigates incident and lie 2- Bad training 3- IDF policy allows for such shooting at innocent people .

7 ) Zionism = Racism / USA
03/12/2013 23:26
hasbara phoning it in ^

8 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
04/12/2013 01:51
Beit 'Umar, the town in which a Palestinian living beside Rt. 60 flies a Nazi Swastika at full mast, which the PA refuses to interfere with. So, B'tzelem, a foreign funded partisan NGO founded by convicted perjurer, the late Amnon Kapeleiouk and whose field staff is 100% Palestinian, films a MAGAV patrol under attack, the cameraman, a convicted terrorist by the way, places himself between the attackers and the patrol, stands in the open but whines cause he was bruised by non-lethal weaponry. So

9 ) Rami / Palestine
04/12/2013 08:37
#8, until you back up your claims with evidence all you're really doing is barking like a dog. There's no evidence that Nazi flags have EVER been flown in Beit Umar & I challenge you to refute that. Also I've worked with B'tselem. They employ Palestinians AND Israelis so you claim that their field staff is 100% Palestinian is B.S. They're also a NON-PARTISAN NGO. And how do you know that the cameraman is a "convicted terrorist"? You don't. Israelis like to whitewash everything under "terrorism."
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