The latest on the Israeli Border Police murder of two Palestinian children outside Ofer Prison comes from Israel’s major news magazine program, Mabat (Hebrew video above), which interviewed Palestinian eyewitnesses and family members of the murdered boys. The store owner whose video camera recorded the killings reaffirmed that neither child was armed, that they were not in the vicinity of the soldiers who killed them (they were at least 100-250 meters distant), and that they were killed in cold blood.
But the most shocking revelation is an interview with one of the victim’s fathers, who produced the brightly-colored school backpack his son was wearing when he died. The man shows the bullet-hole in the backpack which lodged there after it went through the victim’s body. It is clearly a round of live ammunition and not a rubber bullet. The hospital records of the wounds also indicate live fire killed them.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon stated today that he knows his boys were in mortal danger. But when asked if he’d seen the murder video, he said No. But he discounted it because it was likely staged. He concluded by stating: “I know the system.”
Both the UN and U.S. government have demanded a full, transparent investigation of the murders. But these demands are window dressing. As I’ve written here, there are no full, transparent investigation of Israeli war crimes and cold-blooded murders of Palestinians. There is only cover-up, opacity and inaction.
In the interview, the victim’s father promises to file charges in an international court. Perhaps Mahmoud Abbas will join the ICC just in time to bring such a case against the Border Police murderer who committed this foul crime.
It’s a tragic irony that the killings occurred on Nakba Day protests, which mark the 1948 catastrophe that tore Palestinian society asunder and deprived it of land, liberty and life.
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.