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Anger erupts over video of Palestinian shot by Israeli sniper

Anger erupts over video of Palestinian shot by Israeli sniper
From Al Jazeera - April 10, 2018

Palestinian officials and human rights activists have sharply criticised Israeli support for the actions of Israeli snipers filmed celebrating after shooting a Palestinian standing inside the Gaza Strip.

In thevideo clip, which was first posted on Monday and has been widely shared on social media, the soldiersare heard discussing opening fire on what appeared to be Palestinians posing no immediate threat, nor engaging in any hostile acts near the fence.

A shooter then appeared to open fire on one, knocking the person to the ground.

Israeli soldier shoots an unarmed Palestinian and then celebrates, calling him a Son of a B***h. pic.twitter.com/8byDZtr1fK

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"Wow. What avideo! Yes! That son of a b***h," one of the voices behind the camera is heard saying in Hebrew.

It was not possible to determine whether the person shot in thevideodied.

Israel's military said the incident in thevideo"apparently" dated back several months.

The footage comes at a time when Israel's military faces mounting criticism over its use of live fire on the Gaza Strip border and the killing of at least 31 Palestinians protesting there in two mass demonstrations in as many weeks. More than 1,400 Palestinians were also wounded.

Palestinian condemnation

The video clip elicited sharp criticism from Palestinian officials, with Saeb Erekat, chief negotiator of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, saying in a statement on Tuesday that it represented "hate and contempt" for a Palestinian's life.

This, he said, was "a reflection of the cruel mentality of Israel's military occupation and the drive of its systematic shoot-to-kill policy against the Palestinian civilians, in defiance of their very existence on the land of Palestine and in a flagrant violation of all international and humanitarian norms and laws".

The video drew similar condemnation from Jamal Zahalka, a Palestinian member of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.

"This recording is an example that proves the rule.This is a killing spree commanded by [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, [Defence Minister Avigdor] Lieberman and [Chief of General Staff Gadi] Eisenkot,"said Zahalka, chairman of the Joint List.

"No wonder the soldiers behave this way when ministers, legislators, the media and public opinion are party to the jubilation at the mass killing of Palestinians in Gaza," he said.

Israeli support

However, Israeli right-wing politicians have expressed their support for the shooting.

"The sniper deserves a commendation, the photographer a court martial," Lieberman said, according to Israeli media.

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