After reporting initially that a Palestinian shot and killed at the Bekaot West Bank checkpoint had attempted to stab soldiers, it now appears the victim was unarmed and had done nothing threatening at all to deserve his fate. IDF soldiers initially claimed he was armed with a knife and then that he attempted to attack them with a bottle. Now, it appears this was a sack of lies intended to mitigate the killing. The 20 year old boy had nothing more than a bottle in his hands which he was using as most human being do, to drink.
What spurred the suspicions of the soldiers was that he apparently jumped the line and proceeded to an unauthorized section of the checkpoint:
An IDF soldier guarding the West Bank checkpoint of Bekaot shot and killed a Palestinian man despite observing that he was unarmed, an initial investigation of Sunday’s incident showed.
It appears that eight bullets were fired at the 20-year-old Tubas resident, Mohammad Dragma, when more soldiers rushed to help the first soldier in the shooting.
…Dragma reportedly acted suspiciously when he bypassed the line of people waiting at the checkpoint and arrived at a spot that was closed for traffic…
The initial inquiry also shows that the first soldier that reached Dragma saw that he was not carrying a gun, but only glass bottle. Regardless of this observation the soldier chose to shoot at the man’s upper body. During the questioning the soldier said that he felt his life was in danger when he decided to fire his weapon. Two of his battalion companions, who joined him in the shooting, admitted that they were not in the danger zone, but just wished to aid their friend.
This is the cheapness of Palestinian life, that an IDF soldier can wantonly murder an unarmed man simply because he didn’t stand in line as everyone else did. Shoot first, ask questions later. Then make up the story and stick to it.
Shall we lay a wager on whether anyone will be held accountable for this massacre writ small?