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Jerusalem - Israel Finds No Wrongdoing In Paraplegic Palestinian's Death

Published on: December 18, 2017 05:02 PM
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Wheelchair-bound Palestinian demonstrator Ibraheem Abu Thuraya, who according to medics was killed later on Friday during clashes with Israeli troops, gestures during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza City December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem  Wheelchair-bound Palestinian demonstrator Ibraheem Abu Thuraya, who according to medics was killed later on Friday during clashes with Israeli troops, gestures during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza City December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Jerusalem - An investigation by the Israeli military into the death of a paraplegic Palestinian man cleared Israeli troops of wrongdoing on Monday, saying it found “no moral or professional failures” in the incident.

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Palestinian health officials say Ibrahim Abu Thraya, 29, was shot in the head while demonstrating last week along Gaza’s border with Israel, an area that has experienced repeated unrest since President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital this month.

Abu Thraya’s death has become a rallying cry among Palestinians against Trump’s move, which upended decades of U.S. foreign policy and countered an international consensus that the fate of Jerusalem should be determined in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

The military said Friday’s protest was “extremely violent,” with protesters hurling stones, burning tires and explosive devices at troops. In its findings Monday, it said no live fire was aimed at Abu Thraya and it was impossible to determine the cause of death. The military said it has repeatedly requested details about Abu Thraya’s injuries and will examine them if they are received. The military did not disclose from whom it had requested details.

Abu Thraya, who had previously worked as a fisherman, lost his legs in an Israeli airstrike during a 2008 war between Israel and Hamas. According to relatives, he was assisting in the evacuation of people after an earlier airstrike when he was struck. He had since used a wheelchair.

Itedal Abu Thraya, Ibrahim’s mother, questioned the military’s self-investigation and said her son posed no threat.

“He was only holding a flag, not an explosive belt or a bomb,” she said. “I do not trust them or their investigations.”

Israeli military investigations have drawn criticism from rights groups and Palestinians who charge that they are not independent or effective, citing a low indictment rate. The military insists the system works.

Jerusalem’s status has been a central issue in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Trump’s pivot drew widespread criticism from U.S. allies in the Arab and Muslim world, as well as in Europe and beyond. It sparked violent protests across the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Gaza militants have stepped up rocket fire on Israel, which has responded with airstrikes.

Earlier Monday, the military said overnight airstrikes targeted a training camp of Gaza’s Hamas rulers in response to new rocket attacks out of the Palestinian territory.

In all, at least eight Palestinians have been killed in the violence since Trump’s announcement.



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 Dec 18, 2017 at 05:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Sane people one wit....but the haters and anti semites will say the report is untrue and that Israelis intentionally targeted hi. Amazing how liberals and leftists in America have the dishonest mo as leftists, anti semites and terrorists around the world!

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 Dec 18, 2017 at 06:43 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Sane people one wit....but the haters and anti semites will say the report is untrue and that Israelis intentionally targeted hi. Amazing how liberals and leftists in America have the dishonest mo as leftists, anti semites and terrorists around the world!

This is from the account in Haaretz:

"The images are horrific: Abu Thuraya in his wheelchair, pushed by friends, calling for protests against the U.S. declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; Abu Thuraya on the ground, crawling toward the fence behind which the Gaza Strip is imprisoned; Abu Thuraya waving a Palestinian flag; Abu Thuraya holding up both arms in the victory sign; Abu Thuraya carried by his friends, bleeding to death; Abu Thuraya’s corpse laid out on a stretcher: The End.

The army sharpshooter couldn’t aim at the lower part of his victim’s body on Friday so he shot him in the head and killed him."

There is nothing dishonest about this account. There are videos of this all over the worldwide media.

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 Dec 18, 2017 at 06:48 PM yamsar Says:

Dear triumphinwhitehouse

This is how functioning democratic countries operate. They investigate serious incidents and draw appropriate conclusions. This case seemed to have been one of those “hands tied behind the back basketball games” unlike when the investigators found that the soldier that shot a disarmed terrorist a significant amount of time after the terrorist was in the ground to be downright murder. I am a proud Zionist. What are you?

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 Dec 18, 2017 at 09:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Oh no. Another excuse for Palestinians to protest and endanger more Jews. And the leftist world will praise and support them. I say, any protests that become violent should be met with live fire, and lots of it. The more dead terrorists, the better. If they want to stand and yell, fine. The first move of violence, waste 'em. The Muslim kissing world and many Democrats who are addicted to their political correctness will condemn this, but too bad.

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 Dec 18, 2017 at 09:21 PM Liepa Says:

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Anonymous Says:

This is from the account in Haaretz:

"The images are horrific: Abu Thuraya in his wheelchair, pushed by friends, calling for protests against the U.S. declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; Abu Thuraya on the ground, crawling toward the fence behind which the Gaza Strip is imprisoned; Abu Thuraya waving a Palestinian flag; Abu Thuraya holding up both arms in the victory sign; Abu Thuraya carried by his friends, bleeding to death; Abu Thuraya’s corpse laid out on a stretcher: The End.

The army sharpshooter couldn’t aim at the lower part of his victim’s body on Friday so he shot him in the head and killed him."

There is nothing dishonest about this account. There are videos of this all over the worldwide media.

He was in the wrong place at the wrong time but at least now he's in the right place!

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 Dec 19, 2017 at 04:58 AM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

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yamsar Says:

Dear triumphinwhitehouse

This is how functioning democratic countries operate. They investigate serious incidents and draw appropriate conclusions. This case seemed to have been one of those “hands tied behind the back basketball games” unlike when the investigators found that the soldier that shot a disarmed terrorist a significant amount of time after the terrorist was in the ground to be downright murder. I am a proud Zionist. What are you?

I am a kahanist and lehavist don't trust Lieberman about transferring so called Israeli Arabs to their brethren but like in Pakistan and Turkey MUST be done to remove the 5th column. Now let's give their soldier an award for heroism.

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 Dec 19, 2017 at 09:09 AM hernoor Says:

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Anonymous Says:

This is from the account in Haaretz:

"The images are horrific: Abu Thuraya in his wheelchair, pushed by friends, calling for protests against the U.S. declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; Abu Thuraya on the ground, crawling toward the fence behind which the Gaza Strip is imprisoned; Abu Thuraya waving a Palestinian flag; Abu Thuraya holding up both arms in the victory sign; Abu Thuraya carried by his friends, bleeding to death; Abu Thuraya’s corpse laid out on a stretcher: The End.

The army sharpshooter couldn’t aim at the lower part of his victim’s body on Friday so he shot him in the head and killed him."

There is nothing dishonest about this account. There are videos of this all over the worldwide media.

Who said all soldiers are sharpshooters? The protestors acted violently towards the soldiers and shots were fired back in the general directions from where the violence occured, by the soldiers trying to protect themselves. This is what happens most often in a chaotic war zone.

And knowing the history of these violent people, they have killed each other without any qualms, especially for political reasons, there's no indication he was not shot by a protestor trying to "prove" the barbarism of Israeli soldiers.

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