A few weeks ago I covered here the murder of Bassem Ibrahim Abu-Rahma by IDF forces at the weekly Friday protest at the Separation Wall in Bilin. Abu-Rahma, as is seen on extensive video footage of his killing, is unarmed and doing nothing other than shouting for the IDF to stop firing on peaceful, unarmed protestors. For his trouble, the thug pictured here nailed him with a high velocity tear gas canister which essentially pulverized his chest, causing massive bleeding and death.
I was astonished that Palestinian peace activists had been able to isolate from the video such a clear and ominous image of the murderer as he was about to fire the lethal volley. Israel’s war against the Palestinians is usually nameless and faceless since the IDF bombs targets from the air or fires from a distance. But here is the face of an Israeli about to kill in cold blood. This is the Occupation. This is its face. This is its name.
If any Israeli sees this image and can identify who it is, and is willing to pass this information along to those who would like such people not to enjoy impunity for such actions, please contact me.
May we ask what “progress” the IDF is making in investigating this crime? The “most moral army in the world” should certainly by now have the soldier brought up on charges since even the IDF acknowledges the firing was “unauthorized.”