Over the past week, an Israeli solidarity committee seeking accountability for the murder of Palestinian activist Mustafa Tamimi, orchestrated a masterful social media campaign. Each day, they exposed a different level of the military command that was responsible for Tamimi’s death and those of thousands of other Palestinian civilians. They closed the campaign today, which marks the first anniversary of the victim’s death (on December 9, 2011).
They began with Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and worked their way down until today, they got to the actual shooter, Sgt. Aviram Boniel. He’s the one who fired a lethal high-velocity tear gas canister at point-blank range which smashed Tamimi’s head into a bloody pulp, killing him.
The Most Moral Army in the World has surely investigating this horrific killing and brought the soldier responsible to justice. What’s that you say? A year since the incident occurred and not a peep from the IDF Advocate General’s office? How can that be? We have video of the murder. We have IDF regulations and a Supreme Court ruling which forbid the practice of firing such rounds at close range directly at people. What more could they want? Apparently, more than any reasonable human being could want. Perhaps they want a Judge Goldstone to write a UN report which will cause such embarrassment to Israel on the world stage that it will be forced, reluctantly to hold the killer accountable.
Sgt. Boniel’s Facebook account shows his face, masked and unmasked, that makes him look like the stone-cold killer he is. His photo gallery even shows what’s likely the murder weapon. But the gallery also shows Boniel reveling with his friends, drinking, standing by a swimming pool. He might even be a half-way decent human being (though of course that’s hard to know) out of uniform. It makes you realize the utter pathology that is the Israeli Army of Occupation.
Boniel grew up and attended high school in Beersheva.
UPDATE: There are two Aviram Boniel’s on Facebook. I inadvertently linked to the wrong account initially. This one is the correct one.
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.