A few days ago we had the killing of 36 year-old Jawaher Abu Rahme at a Bilin demonstration for the crime of standing outside her home watching the event. Today, the IDF Central Command has blood on its hands with the execution of a 65 year-old Palestinian man in his bed while they held a gun to his wife’s head and told her to shut up. Ynet: Victim shot to death for “unknown reasons:”
Amr Qawasme, 65, shot to death for unknown reason as soldiers raid house in Hebron area. ‘They put their hand to my mouth and a rifle to my head,’ man’s wife says. ‘I asked them, ‘What did you do?’ They asked me to shut up.’
You bet. He died while Palestinian. It’s getting to be where just sleeping while Palestinian is a death sentence. Don’t need much more than that to become a victim of this occupying army.
Oops, it was all a case of mistaken identity. They wanted a Hamas man who lived one flight down:
An IDF force arrived at a local house to arrest a Hamas member who was recently released from jail. According to neighbors, the detainee lives one storey below the killed Palestinian.
So who do you think fucked this one up? The Shabak or IDF intelligence? Can you imagine giving soldiers the wrong floor of a home and they go in guns blazing and kill the wrong man? It reminds me of the killing of Black Panther Fred Hampton by the FBI and Chicago Police. A shande.
Edo, from whom I first heard this story, correctly calls for the Central Command senior officer to be tried as a criminal. Your troops kill an old man in his bed. What does that make you? Are you any more than a dog? Actually I love my dog so maybe you’re not even worthy of that distinction.
You want to prove you’re higher than that on the evolutionary scale? Hold someone accountable for this crime. If you don’t, you don’t even deserve to be called a dog.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.