«Israeli» Soldiers Celebrate As They Shoot Palestinians in W Bank
A video showed "Israeli" occupation soldiers celebrating as they fire weapons at Palestinians in the occupied West Bank village of Madama, near Nablus, on 13 April.
It also catches them discussing the use of live ammunition against Palestinians who pose no threat, before censoring themselves because the exchange is being filmed.
According to the "Israeli" group B'Tselem, which published the video, about 30 residents were trying to remove a roadblock the army had placed at the entrance to the village.
A group of about a dozen soldiers arrived on the scene. "In the clashes that ensued, residents threw stones at the soldiers from a distance of 50-80 meters, and the soldiers fired stun grenades and rubber-coated metal bullets at the villagers," according to B'Tselem.
In the video, one of the soldiers appears to be a senior officer providing instruction to a junior on how to shoot Palestinians.
"We need one good hit and that's it," the superior states. "That'll teach them not to throw stones."
The subordinate, who is crouching, fires, then stands up and cries out in elation, "Haha!"
"You hit him! The son of a ***," the officer congratulates him.
"One live bullet and the whole thing will be over," one of the soldiers says - further evidence that "Israeli" soldiers use live ammunition not in order to deal with an imminent threat to life as regulations supposedly require, but in a premeditated and calculated manner to inflict injury or death on persons who pose no threat to them.
Apparently aware that this is indeed damning evidence, his comrade says, "We don't need live fire," and refers to the fact that their exchange is being filmed: "It's good for the video."
Seven villagers were injured from the rubber-coated bullets and two were hospitalized.
The video was filmed by B'Tselem volunteers Mu'awiyah Nassar and Ahmad Ziyadah.
"Joyfully cheering about shooting a person trying to clear the access road to his home and calmly discussing other ways to hit him and the other people with him are part of the discordant soundtrack accompanying 51 years of occupation," B'Tselem stated.
The video is reminiscent of one that emerged earlier this month of "Israeli" snipers carefully aiming across the boundary fence at a Palestinian man standing still in the Gaza Strip then cheering as he is shot.
The "Israeli" entity cleared the sniper for shooting and injuring the Palestinian man, 28-year-old Tamer Abu Daqqa, in the 22 December incident, but admonished the soldiers for celebrating.
Source: The Electronic Intifada, Edited by website team