MEMO uploaded a YouTube video of the IDF shooting of a Palestinian teenager, Qusai al-Amour in the West Bank last week. The video was shot by Palestinians and begins showing his lifeless body just after being shot. The remainder of the video shows soldiers dragging him with his body and head bumping along the ground as they haul him to a military vehicle. The remainder of it shows army personnel wasting precious minutes fumbling with things which may be bandages. Finally, they remove a stretcher and load the body into the vehicle. Just before the conclusion, soldiers are seen firing shotguns and possibly rubber bullets at an elderly woman as she tried to approach the jeep. She is hit in the leg, wounded and limps away quickly as the firing continues.
An anthropology professor whose field of study is inter-ethnic conflict (and the various weaponry and modes of violence employed) in the Third World, wrote to me that he believed he’d identified the actual IDF killer, the sniper who fired the fatal shot. He noted that there were several types of weapons used on the scene. But the relevant one was a Ruger S-22 sniper rifle. The IDF is the first national army to adapt this weapon to military use.
After judging the distances from the “target” and viewing the various armed personnel shown in the video, he believes that the soldier shown brandishing a Ruger at 00:53 is the killer. An odd behavior he exhibits is that while all the other soldiers are moving with the boy’s body toward the road, he is the only one backing away, facing the opposite direction as he scans the terrain intently in the opposite direction, the one he faced when he fired the fatal shot.
One caveat: we don’t see the moment the boy is shot nor the actual shooter firing the fatal bullet. So this is an informed judgement by a highly skilled professional and should be treated as such.
But my credo here is that every killer deserves his day in the limelight. In recognition of this principle, I accord IDF sniper X his well-deserved recognition as a child killer. If any Israeli can identify him, please contact me. Whoever killed this boy is a murderer. Though we don’t know what caused him to be targeted, possibly rock-throwing, shooting a boy like this is murder, plain and simple.