Palestinian shot by Israeli sniper on video says wasn't instigating violence

Israel has said it will be taking disciplinary action over the video.

April 11, 2018 18:18
2 minute read.

IDF snipers recorded on video opening fire on what seems to be an unarmed protester on the Gaza border

IDF snipers recorded on video opening fire on what seems to be an unarmed protester on the Gaza border


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


GAZA - A 28-year-old Palestinian said on Wednesday that he was the man whose shooting by an Israeli sniper was captured on a leaked video, and he denied the army's allegations that he had been organizing a violent demonstration at the Gaza border.

The 81-second video clip, taken by a soldier, surfaced on social media on Monday and stirred debate and censure for showing the targeting of a Palestinian who appeared to be standing still, to the sound of approving shouts and profanity by at least one Israeli soldier.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Israel said on Tuesday that while the army would take disciplinary action over the taping of the Dec. 22 incident and dissemination of the video, the sniper had acted appropriately against a suspected ring-leader of a "riot" at the Gaza fence.

But Tamer Abu Daqqa, an unemployed resident of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, said he was shot while trying to help other Palestinians escape Israeli army fire.

"There were a few youths lying on the ground, apparently afraid of leaving the area," he told Reuters. "I began moving in their direction and called out to them that I was coming, so that they would be brave, and then the Jews shot me."

A photograph of Abu Daqqa showed him on a hospital gurney, wearing a jacket and shirt that appeared to match those of the person shot in the video. His medical records describe a live bullet wound to the leg - which appeared to correspond to the army's account of its sniper's target in the fence incident.

The video - taken from behind an elevated sand dune - does not show youths lying on the ground, however.

Abu Daqqa said he was between 100 meters and 150 meters from the fence when he was shot. The Palestinian in the video appears to be closer. The army said he was "a few meters" from the fence.

"I was standing with other people when I was hit in my leg, I was not throwing stones or anything," he told Reuters. "They shot me and later they laughed at me. They cursed my mother. I can sue them for that."

The Israeli military has stationed sharpshooters to enforce a no-go zone near the border and stop Palestinian attempts to breach the fence during a protest that has been called "The Great March of Return." Thirty protesters have been killed.

The demonstrations are expected to escalate before the planned opening of a new US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, coinciding with Israel’s 70th anniversary celebrations.

The protesters are reviving a long-standing demand for the right of return of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to towns and villages from which families fled, or were driven out, when the state of Israel was created in 1948.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Yuval Steinitz, Israel Katz, Gilad Erdan
November 18, 2018
Who will Netanyahu choose for the foreign ministry portfolio?