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Illegal Settlers Celebrate Purim After Cold-Blooded Murder of Palestinian Youths

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The settlers marched through the Old City of al-Khalil, starting off from the spot where just a few hours before, Israeli forces gunned down two Palestinian youth and then executed one of them in cold blood

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fly bird (26)
Friday March 25, 2016, 10:00 pm
On the 24th March, Israeli settlers from the illegal settlements in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron) celebrated the holiday of ‘Purim’. The settlers marched through the Old City of al-Khalil, starting off from the spot where just a few hours before, Israeli forces gunned down two Palestinian youth and then executed one of them in cold blood.

In the morning, Israeli forces shot and severely injured two Palestinian youth in the Tel Rumeida neighbourhood and then left them lying on the ground seriously injured while Israeli medics were attending to a slightly injured Israeli soldier. Palestinian ambulances, that are not allowed to drive on this road that is only for settlers use, were prevented by Israeli forces from reaching the injured Palestinian youth. In a video published by B’Tselem, a soldier can clearly be seen shooting one of the youth in the head at point-blank range even though he is lying on the ground and is not posing a threat to anyone.

Only a few hours after this extrajudical execution, settlers started their joyous march, dressed up in costumes, with music blasting from a bus, dancing in the same spot where the two Palestinians were murdered in cold blood.

The procession of settlers then proceeded down Shuhada Street, where the main illegal Israeli settlements in the heart of the city are located, before turning towards the Ibrahimi mosque. Shuhada Street, except for a tiny strip, has been completely closed for Palestinians, who are not allowed to even walk there – unlike the illegal settlers who can walk and drive. When the march reached the vicinity of Ibrahimi mosque, Israeli forces started closing off the area to all Palestinians, physically pushing back children behind barriers and preventing Palestinians from accessing the area, even if they were residents, in order to create a space free of Palestinians for the celebrations of the settlers to take place.

One of the settlers, of which many were dressed up in costumes, was seen in a shirt flashing a raised fist on a yellow background, which is the symbol of the ‘Kach’, a party of extremist Israeli fundamentalist settlers, deemed a terrorist group even by the Israeli government. The party was founded by Meir Kahane, who publicly called for the expulsion of Palestinians and to end culture relations between Jewish and Palestinian students. On Tuesday, two days before, during celebrations for the same holiday, the loudspeakers of the Ibrahimi mosque were mis-used to broadcast hate-speech calling for the expulsion of Palestinians from al-Khalil.

One of the settler children dancing on top of a bus was playing with a pistol. Even though the police realized this, they merely took the weapon from him – but then gave it back shortly adfter. If a Palestinian of any age had been seen with anything resembling a weapon, the person would likely be shot immediately.

The settlers’ celebrations kept going uninterrupted with Israeli forces ensuring that Palestinians would not cross the way of the settlers, forcing them to stay back, and even closing Ibrahimi mosque checkpoint to ensure no one would even come close.

Israeli forces also used the roof of a Palestinian family home in the vicinity of the mosque as a look-out point. This is just another small example of the impunity and supremacy settlers enjoy with the active support of the Israeli forces, while Palestinians are systematically humiliated, oppressed and killed in cold blood under the Israeli military occupation.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 26, 2016, 4:31 am
Noted with thanks Jess. Peace.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 26, 2016, 11:13 am
It's all so unforgiving. thx Jess

M B (62)
Saturday March 26, 2016, 10:22 pm
Thank you

. (0)
Sunday March 27, 2016, 12:02 am

fly bird (26)
Sunday March 27, 2016, 12:31 am
The soldier who executed a wounded Palestinian in Hebron.


On Thursday, a video of a soldier executing an injured Palestinian in Hebron went viral. Israeli army claimed that the soldier was suspended and an investigation was opened in the case.

The video by B’Tselem rights group showed the soldier, surrounded by others, approaching the Palestinian as he laid wounded on the ground.

One of the settlers said to the soldiers: “This asshole here is still breathing.”

According to Tukin Olam jewish blog, a soldier who was a medic in the unit and who had treated the wounded soldier, asked permission from his commanding officer to “finish off” the wounded Palestinian. Apparently the commander approved. The soldier walked to within six feet of the wounded Palestinian cocked his rifle and shot him. This practice is often called ‘confirming the kill’ in the IDF. Palestinian girls as young as 12 years-old have been executed in this fashion before.

The execution sparked anger amongst people, and more videos of the execution began to emerge on social media, especially that many Palestinians are similarly executed by Israeli security forces, but few in as blatant a situation is these in broad daylight and on camera.

The Tukin Olam website said that upon wide research, the soldier was identified as El-Or Azarya, a resident of the poor Israeli town of Ramleh, near Tel Aviv.

Other activists in Israel have helped further identifying him, finding Facebook accounts and photographs which document him before the execution. He is a devoted follower of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer club. The most hardcore racist Beitar fans have formed a gangland-style fan club called La Famigilia.

Among the pages he’s Liked on Facebook are the far-right Kahanist, Baruch Marzel; the racist rapper, The Shadow, who advocated burning Palestinians alive on his Facebook page; the La Famiglia page; Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked; and Avigdor Lieberman.

It is highly unlikely that justice will be done in this incident. Normally, the army claims to investigate such incidents, does so, finds insufficient evidence to prosecute, and closes the case.


In this image, Azarya is treating the lightly wounded Israeli soldier. His name is written on his gunstrap. His commander, Lt. Col. David Shapira, stands next to him in a black helmet. (Tikum Olam)

IOF treating the Israeli soldier while the the executed Palestinian is left to die.

Images from Azarya’s Facebook page. On the upper right is a unit certificate of merit for being the unit’s top soldier (Tikun Olam)

Doris F (18)
Sunday March 27, 2016, 12:39 am

basabi Banerjee (28)
Sunday March 27, 2016, 9:13 am
Israel,with the backing of her mentor , has dared to shake off the mask of humanity or humbleness. In spite of the spite of the world against her, Israel is as haughty and adamant in her hunting spree of the original children of the soil

Beth M (138)
Sunday March 27, 2016, 9:36 am
Israel is acting no better than Hitler when they condone this type of behavior.

Marina P (28)
Sunday March 27, 2016, 12:48 pm
Thanks for sharing

Birgit W (160)
Sunday March 27, 2016, 2:17 pm

John De Avalon (36)
Wednesday March 30, 2016, 7:32 am
What happened?

Hate preachers with their Hate Israel! Hate Israelis! Hate the Jews! message, poisoned the minds of the two Palestinians to the extent that they wanted to make that hate physically manifest i.e. they wanted to murder, without qualms, any Israelis/Jews they happened to come across. They stabbed one person, but were then shot before they could carry out their murderous plan.

Do I accept the Israeli defence? No. They is no fluidity of movement or sense of urgency on the soldier's part to support the imminent suicide bomb threat, though of course there might have been that possibility.
It seems he also was the product of hate preachers, as he took a man's life without qualms and indeed in an unnervingly casual manner.

Sorry but I find it astonishing that people who so regularly post hate threads then throw their hands up in horror and shock when violence happens.
Hate always results in violence.

You want peace? Who doesn't? But 'you' won't get it by promoting hate.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Wednesday March 30, 2016, 11:52 pm

Thanks a lot, Jess, for publishing this sad and disturbing event. After all these years that I'm involved on both sides of the divide it still surprises me how the mainstream media readily picks up the slightest hint of a celebration on the Palestinian side - incl. fake pictures and video clips from unrelated celebrations - yet such news barely make anywhere headlines leave alone international ones.

Interesting also that the IDF facilitated the celebration by these fundamentalists by cordoning off the area. Their mindset is the very same that led to the cold-blooded murder of the Palestinian youngster which is supported by most of the rabbis. But lets focus on the Muslims, shall we?!?!

Equally troublesome is the incident with the kid yielding a weapon. It can be correctly assumed that - if the kid were Palestinian - it would have been shot at sight.

What a crazy and twisted manipulative (news) world do we live in?!

What I find equally reprehensible is the claim that there might have been a threat of "suicide bomber" ... after that Palestinian had been checked by the IDF!!! How far does one stretch oneself? That far ... anything to justify the unjustifiable.

. (0)
Thursday March 31, 2016, 11:48 am
I am disturbed by the psychology of hate I see here which is propped up by lies and anti-Semitism. If someone is a terrorist and attacks someone then they are opening themselves up to be killed. If these youths attacked Israelis it is because they were brain washed by terrorist organisations and Abbas. Do I see condemnation of the actual perpetrators? No, I see condemnation of the victims protecting themselves.

I do not understand how jess is allowed to publish this racist garbage. And I check my facts before commenting.


Danuta W (1251)
Friday April 1, 2016, 4:26 am

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Friday April 1, 2016, 4:29 pm

Ros - you're good in analysis ... can you tell me were on this thread the "psychology of hate" is oozed in conjunction with lies and anti-Semitism? Hard as I tried - I can't see nor can I find it?! But if so shouldn't we report this to Care2 as this would be a clear disregard of the ToS? Just saying ...

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday April 2, 2016, 3:37 pm

Thanks a lot, Ros - I knew I can count on your accurate assessment and analysis; glad I don't have to look further. Take your time for the rest - it's not an easy task as all that stuff must be hidden and stashed away somewhere invisible ... ;-).

Seriously - I have never come across so many apologists and "explanations" to justify a simple homicide supported by the statement of the murderer!

Now I wonder if this could be a precedent case for Palestinians? After all they only react to a threat to their lives exerted by a brutal occupation and they should have their day in court as it should be in any semi-working democracy ... rather than being shot on either pure suspicion or truly because they attack an occupier.

But their cases don't even get heard leave alone downgraded to manslaughter ... strange interpretation of democracy.

On a second thought: one can't really expect anything else from an occupying force, non?

Evelyn B (61)
Sunday April 3, 2016, 12:47 am
Eleonora & Ros
Bear in mind 2 things!
1. Vocabulary applied by extreme right-wingers, political pro-Zionists etc does not necessarily match its use in any other circumstances, nor by other population groups. Thus, many words & phrases can be conflated with the most fear-inspiring of the group conflated ..... hence, "ISIS = Muslim = Palestinian = Anti-Semite = Jew-hating = murderer", for example. This facilitates dismissal of any valid criticism of official policies, strategies, as well as (normatively unacceptable) individual actions by extremists - whether in uniform or not.

2. Situations where human rights abusive behaviour by IDF, extremist settlers, etc, appears to have occurred are considered by extreme right-wingers, political pro-Zionists etc as "impossible", there MUST be justifiable circumstances, so anyone suggesting otherwise is clearly blinded by anti-Semitism & hate .... if they weren't, they wouldn't even QUESTION the rightness of the actions that they dare criticise.

Of course, there is the uncomfortable reality of this event actually caught on film ..... and diffused by an Israeli human rights organisation (but of course, self-hating, dirty left-wingers ....).

There is also the uncomfortable reality that only a few weeks ago, the Israeli Chief of Staff condemned irresponsible extreme violence/ extra-judiciary killings of exactly this kind ..... because they are too frequent, and they are contributing to the cycle of violence. The extremists right-wingers in the government are not happy with Eisenkot for the position he has taken on such actions ...... They don't support his moral stance.

But facts are facts! The politician-driven effort to "justify" the act is undermined by reality; the best they can do is downgrade from "murder" to "manslaughter" the charges against this soldier who failed to respect his Chief of Staff's orders and the moral framework for armed forces in situations of conflict & occupation.

Meanwhile, the pro-Zionist supporters have been insulting those criticising the behaviour of soldiers acting like this, trying to use any means to shut up criticism & attention to what WAS an unjustified act. Even by Israeli extremist group standards ...... although they've been going over the top to try to justify it - or deviate attention from criticism that is solidly based in fact ...

And dancing over the place where this happened (before Bennet & co had even come up with the false explanation about a possible suicide bomb belt ...) is just so typical of the on-going incitation & provocation of Palestinians by Israeli extremists (IDF, politicians & civilians)

Thanks, Jess

fly bird (26)
Sunday April 3, 2016, 5:00 pm
************** PeaceGoodwill To All,
************** Evelyn

Evelyn B (61)
Monday April 4, 2016, 12:37 am
Ros - you're explaining a reason for the stance .... the "terms of engagement" are supposed to keep a moral standard!!

Evelyn B (61)
Monday April 4, 2016, 12:45 am
But honestly - can you imagine the massive media outcry there would have been, had Palestinians processed, singing &/or dancing, over the place where an IDF soldier had been injured (let alone killed)?

Or, to transfer the context - can you imagine imagine the massive media outcry there would have been, had a municipal parade processed, singing &/or dancing, over the place where a black youth had been injured (let alone killed)?

Or, the massive media outcry there would have been, had a white supremacist group processed, singing &/or dancing, over the place where a black youth had been injured (let alone killed)?

Evelyn B (61)
Monday April 4, 2016, 4:01 am
Legal and ethical and moral are certainly not synonyms, Ros. I know all too well!!!!! But legal should not be in contradiction to moral ... although we're faced with examples where it definitely is! But in fact, Eisenkot's position was presented as common sense ... if excessive violence, extra-judiciary killing occurs, it triggers more violence in reaction .....

I can't imagine many places where dancing over the very spot where someone had been killed hours before would be considered as sensitive or in good taste - a planned route would be redrawn to avoid this.
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