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No coverage, no accountability – Palestinian child’s brutal death at hands of Israeli soldiers

Image of Israeli occupation forces [file photo]
Image of Israeli occupation forces [file photo]

On Friday 9 September, dozens of Palestinians demonstrated next to the Gaza Strip’s border fence near the Al-Bureij refugee camp, protesting Israel’s ongoing occupation and its various crimes.

Here is how Reuters reported what happened next: “An 18-year-old Palestinian was killed during a rock-throwing protest near the Gaza-Israel border on Friday and a Palestinian health official said Israeli soldiers shot him, but the Israeli army said troops were not responsible.”

At the time, a Gaza health ministry spokesperson said that Abdel-Rahman Al-Dabbagh (who was actually just 15-years-old) was killed “by an Israeli bullet to the head.” The Israeli military, however, claimed that forces only used “tear gas” to disperse “dozens of rioters.”

The army statement added: “Following a preliminary review, the Israel Defence Forces did not conduct the reported shooting.”

Abdel-Rahman Al-Dabbagh

Abdel-Rahman al-Dabbagh (Photo: B’Tselem)

So who killed Abdel-Rahman Al-Dabbagh? And how was he killed? Almost four weeks have now passed since the teenager’s death. Thanks to the work of Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights workers, a clearer – and highly disturbing – picture has now emerged of how he was killed.

The following account is based on information published by Defence for Children International-Palestine (DCIP), B’Tselem, Al-Haq and Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

The demonstration that particular Friday began in the early afternoon, and continued for some hours. None of those participating (some 60-100 protesters) were armed. The protest took place east of Al-Bureij camp, where Abdel-Rahman was a resident.

During the afternoon, Palestinian youth threw stones and a few unexploded tear gas canisters fired by Israeli forces on previous occasions. Protesters, Abdel-Rahman included, also cut the barbed wire that lies ten metres from the border fence and ran back and forth as Israeli soldiers repelled them.

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers positioned by military jeeps or on dirt mounds attacked the protesters with tear gas canisters, stun grenades, flare bombs and live ammunition.

Shortly before he was hit, just after 7pm, Abdel-Rahman asked one of his friends to take a picture of him. He was around 15-20 metres from the fence. The boy was making a “V” sign when one of the soldiers came forward, knelt down and fired a flare cartridge directly at him.

The flare bomb ignited on impact and Abdel-Rahman fell down, his head on fire. Israeli soldiers initially prevented his friends from approaching, including by firing warning shots.

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A screenshot from video footage shows Abdel-Rahman, 15, lying on the ground with flames and smoke rising from his head. (Photo: DCIP)

Abdel-Rahman was struck in the forehead above his left eye with an illumination flare cartridge. “There was blood on his hands and chest, and coming out from above his left eye. There was a big, black hole above his eye”, described an eyewitness.

After the flare had burned out, Abdel-Rahman was carried to an ambulance, but paramedics could not resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital.

The impact of the flare grenade, fired directly at his head from a short distance, fractured his skull leading to haemorrhaging in the brain in addition to external burns. An x-ray image showed the flare punctured and lodged in Abdel-Rahman’s skull above his left eyebrow.

The flare in question was a 40mm M583A1 White Star Parachute Illumination Cartridge, which is fired from an under-barrel grenade launcher rifle attachment. It is produced by US-based munitions company Chemring Ordnance, a subsidiary of the UK-based Chemring Group.

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The flare bomb that the soldier fired at al-Dabbagh (Photo: Khaled al-‘Azayzeh, B’Tselem)

The flare, which weighs 0.22kg, is intended to illuminate an area of 200 meters in diameter or to mark a military target on the ground and burns for around 40 seconds. It is categorically not designed to be used in “crowd control” situations.

Israeli forces have repeatedly used brutal violence against unarmed protesters in the Gaza Strip in the last year; a week after the killing of Abdel-Rahman, soldiers shot a 17-year-old Palestinian in the leg with live ammunition during protests in the same area – he may never walk again.

More than 20 Palestinians have been killed in such Gaza border protests since 1 October 2015, and there are no Israeli military investigations into any of these deaths. According to DCIP official Ayed Eqtaish, Israeli forces “routinely misuse ‘less-lethal’ weapons and projectiles to directly target Palestinian children, killing and injuring them with impunity.”

The shocking killing of Abdel-Rahman highlights both the lack of Western media coverage when it comes to the Palestinian victims of Israeli forces’ violence, and the parallel absence of accountability for grave violations of international law and human rights by the Israeli army and its political leaders.

No coverage and no accountability means that the killing and maiming of Palestinians – including children – will only continue.

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  • Mike Abramov

    No coverage and no accountability means that the killing and maiming of Palestinians – including children – will only continue.

    RUBBISH! If the Palestinians, or anyone behaved like this in most other countries of course there will be retaliation by gunfire. Throwing stones and causing public mayhem is dis-order not resistance.

    • Helen4Yemen

      How do you think the Kenyans got rid of the British?
      How do you think the Algerians got rid of the French?
      Isn’t the Ashkenazi in Palestine a colonist just like the French and the British?

      • Mike Abramov

        So, you are endorsing murder, rape and pillage to free the Palestinians. Well, it ain’t worked so far.

        • Helen4Yemen

          The Algerians removed 1,000,000 French but it took 100 years.
          If it takes 1000 years, the Euro-Jew will be forced to go home.
          The Euro-Jew will go home only when he is forced to go home.

          • Mike Abramov

            Dream on.

          • Helen4Yemen

            You do not belong! Do you notice how the Euro’s in Palestine stick out as foreign, as Europeans whereas in Europe, they are totally blended in with the European population, totally indistinguishable! Why not be where they belong instead of where they look like foreign tourists, where they stick out as foreigners?

          • Mike Abramov

            Pure racism.

          • GIVVO6_B

            You are just dreaming and bringing a nightmare to the Palestinian people.

        • Helen4Yemen

          Where are the French who colonized Algeria? Gone!
          Where are the Italians who colonized Libya? Gone!
          Where are the British who colonized Egypt? Gone!
          Isn’t the European Jew just as European as the French, the British, the Italians?
          Why should the European Ashkenazi now squatting in Palestine
          not be made to leave just like the French, the British, the Italians?

        • Smalldeer

          You’re thinking of the ISRAELIS. ISRAEL is the one doing all the killing and has since it’s ILLEGAL creation.

        • GIVVO6_B

          It will and you lot will have to move.

        • GIVVO6_B

          Of course she is not telling anyone to behave like a vile Zionist killer and thief.

      • GIVVO6_B

        Just tell me in 10 years how the Palestinian got rid of the Zionists.

    • Helen4Yemen

      But the European-entity is no like any other country as it is a foreign colonial implant. No colonized people will let foreign people to roam around their fields without resistance. Even cats and dogs fight for their territory. The West hated its white Jews for centuries and finally dumped them on Arab land. Palestine is no dumping ground.

    • GIVVO6_B

      Palestinians have the right to do what they want in their own country and have the right to remove tyrants and racists in any way they want and that is according to international law. Get rid of the racists and make them return to America and Europe where they came from.

      • Mike Abramov

        OK – Here is the deal. The ‘Europeans’ leave. They shut down the gas, electricity, transport, internet, food chain and infrastructure in general. They take the industrial and agricultural machines and most importantly, their brilliant brains and leave the country as it was in 1948. Then, when the IDF are gone, just sit back and wait for Iran and Hezbollah to invade. Thousands of ‘Palestinian’ mostly Sunni will be murdered and Shiites will then be in charge. Whom will you blame? The Jews of course.

        Your shameful insults of racism are totally unjustified because many Arabs would much prefer to be in Israel than Palestine.

        • Helen4Yemen

          Look at me and watch my lips: Get out Ashkenazis!

        • GIVVO6_B

          Utter vile racist clown. Palestine existed very well until the malevolent racist idiots showed up to be another version of the Nazis. I see you are on step 2 of the hasbara handbook, where you try and change the subject and begin demonizing Muslims. That does not work for 20% of your Palestinian victims who were Christians.
          Your insulting nonsense about only Jews being able to administrate the land they stole is merely pathetic. You are just like the Nazis who thought they could farm the Russian steppes better than the Russians.

          • Mike Abramov

            You are just another gutless reader on this site that does not show their face or their name. As I have said to your cohort Helen4Yemen on many occasions, I do not have a problem with ANY nationality. If you had any understanding of history you would know that before Israel, there was the British and before then the Ottomans and before them a mish-mosh of Arab, Mamluk, Christian and before them Roman authorities running the country. Tell me I am wrong that Palestine has never been self-governing for more than 20 years. So, how would anyone know how capable the Palestinians are in government.

            When the time comes for a separate Palestinian state, the first development will be a civil war between Sunnis and Shi’ites.

          • GIVVO6_B

            I expect you show your gutlessness by cheering on the F.16s as they bomb children and like to see the mass exterminations and ethnic cleansing in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Go home all those Khazar fakes to where you belong and leave the Palestinian people in peace. Zionazis is an apt name for all Zionist scum that need to be removed. Just because a bunch of violent thugs from Russia is in the process of wiping Palestine of the map, it does not mean they will last long in the land.

          • Mike Abramov

            When you muster the intelligence to answer my point. I will reply to yours.

          • Helen4Yemen

            ” Go home all those Khazar fakes to where you belong and leave the Palestinian people in peace. ”
            __
            That’s what I have been telling these foreign predatory leeches in Palestine.

          • Helen4Yemen

            Here is a photo assembly of Khazars vs Arab Jews

            https://worldpeace365.*wordpress.*com/2016/02/08/the-jews-in-pictures/

          • Helen4Yemen

            Let’s say that Palestine was never self-governed, was totally vacant land? What has any of that to do with predatory European leeches? Can you tell me? Why didn’t the Japanese or Chinese or Eskimos seize the land? How is the Ashkenazi connected to Palestine? Tell me?

          • Helen4Yemen

            {So, how would anyone know how capable the Palestinians are in government.}

            Well, you tell me how anyone knew the Ashkenazis were capable of governing? Had they ever had their own country? Tell me?

          • Helen4Yemen

            {I see you are on step 2 of the hasbara handbook}

            He knows all the hasbara manuals by heart – he does not need a brain to respond …

        • Helen4Yemen

          You put “Palestine” in quotes – meaning that the the alien Bloomberg’s and Goldberg’s are natives to Palestine but the indigenous people are not?

        • Helen4Yemen

          Why is it the business of the PURELY European Ashkenazi what happens between the sects of Islam?

        • Helen4Yemen

          We want all foreign leeches gone! Got that?

        • GIVVO6_B

          There should be no deals with Zionists. Making deals with them is always a big mistake. Even when UNSCOP wrongly awarded them 55% of the land they tried to steal 100%. When that did not work they hung on to 80%.They then returned in 1967 and stole everything they missed in 1948. Now they are occupying all that the Palestinians have left. It is time for the land between the Nile and the Euphrates to be cleaned of all Zionists. The real Semites are already there and they should not have to suffer the presence of Khazarian interlopers.

          • Mike Abramov

            What on Earth are you talking about? In 1948. 15% of the land was granted to the Jews and 85% to the Arabs. The Arabs waged war which resulted in the Jews winning. The Arabs were not fighting for Palestinian rights, they were fighting for Arab domination. Get real, if the Jews were not in the Middle East, there still wouldn’t be a Palestine because you did not recognise your selves as Palestinians until 1967 after the 6-Day War when Arafat, an Egyptian, suggested you make your cause nationalist and not racial. He was right.

          • Helen4Yemen

            Palestine population
            Year — Non-Jews — Jews — % Non-Jew/Jew
            1851 — 327,000 — 13,000 — 96/4
            1861 — 356,000 — 13,000 — 96/4
            1881 — 422,000 — 25,000 — 95/5
            1895 — 522,000 — 47,000 — 92/8
            1914 — 675,000 — 85,000 — 87/13
            1919 — 500,000 — 65,000 — 87/13
            1922 — 723,000 — 93,000 — 89/11
            1924 — 765,000 — 113,000 — 87/13
            1931 — 881,000 — 175,000 — 83/17
            1936 — 1,003,000 — 370,000 — 73/27
            1940 — 1,113,000 — 467,000 — 70/30
            1945 — 1,295,000 — 564,000 — 70/30
            1948 — 1,319,000 — 650,000 — 67/33

            Note:

            “The Jews” increased from 13,000 in 1851 to 650,000 in 1948 – which is they multiplied by 50 times
            .
            The non-Jews grew from 327,000 to 1,319,000 which is they multiplied by 4 times.

            How is it that ‘the Jews’ grew by
            50 times vs 4 times for non-Jews?

          • GIVVO6_B

            You only know Zionist crap. I remember exactly what UNSCOP did and how they abused the Palestinians on behalf of Zionists. However that was not enough for the land thieves.

          • GIVVO6_B

            Palestinian rights merely means majority rule and not rule by a minority of interloping killers.

      • Helen4Yemen

        Yep! Predatory European Leeches!

  • Helen4Yemen

    Why were the Ashkenazis kicked out 109 times from Europe?

  • Fred Kiel

    So biased. An 18-year-old is not a child. The soldiers themselves were probably 18 mostly as well, as they’re drafted right after high school.
    Palestinian leaders cynically encourage Palestinian youths to get as wild as possible to order to get “martyrs” they need to spark outrage against Israel in world.
    The simple fact is that Arabs living under Israeli rule have the most civil rights and secure lives of any Arab living in a Muslim ruled country.

    • Smalldeer

      WHY should they not fight for their rights? For Israel to stop stealing their land and subjugating their people? Martyrs are just the dead, they aren’t like Joan of Arc. You are full of shyt claiming Arabs have the same rights Israelis do.

      • Mike Abramov

        The Israeli Arabs have democracy, education, freedom of movement, political representation……as for the other Arabs, all they want is a Jihad.

        • Helen4Yemen

          You mean the Ashkenazi arrived in Palestine to bring democracy to the Arabs?
          Question: Why did the Europeans so desperately want to get rid of their own white Jews?

          Russia was planning to dump its own Jews upon Arab land.
          Take a look:

          https://worldpeace365.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/plehve.pdf

        • Helen4Yemen

          Take your “democracy, education, freedom of movement, political representation…” and go back to your lands in Europe or wherever you stampeded from? Why is it that wherever you go, trouble and hatred is surely to follow?

          Theodore Herzl : “The Jewish question persists wherever Jews live in appreciable numbers. Wherever it does not exist, it is brought in together with Jewish immigrants. “

          • Mike Abramov

            In a nutshell, I agree with you. The world does not like Jews because we are self-reliant, productive, cohesive, intelligent and despite the fact that the Jews number less than 0.5% of the world’s population the Jews have achieved 20% of all the Noble prizes. Jews are not evangelical, crusading or jihadist. We just wish to use this life on Earth to do mitzvas and be accountable to the Almighty only.

            As for the Arabs, history has shown that you cannot live with each other, you blame your problems on everyone else and you are very tribal. This is why Arabs from Palestine want to leave the Hashemite kingdom where King Abdullah ll has hosted you for the last 68 years.

          • Mike Abramov

            Instead of citing Herzl, use your own brain to argue a point.

          • Helen4Yemen

            Why can’t you use your brain? and tell me how you see what Herz had to say:

            Theodore Herzl : “The Jewish question persists wherever Jews live in appreciable numbers. Wherever it does not exist, it is brought in together with Jewish immigrants. “

        • Helen4Yemen

          True or false?

          __ Maurce Samuel: Wherever the Jew is found he is a problem, a source of unhappiness to himself and to those around him

          __ Maurce Samuel: Years of observation and thought have given increasing strength to the belief that we Jews stand apart from you gentiles, that a primal duality breaks the humanity I know into two distinct parts; that this duality is a fundamental, and that all differences among you gentiles are trivialities compared with that which divides all of you from us.

          __ Maurce Samuel: I do not believe that this primal difference between gentile and Jew is reconciliable. You and we may come to an understanding, never to a reconciliation. There will be irritation between us as long as we are in intimate contact. For nature and constitution and vision divide us from all of you forever

          • Eduardo Pinha

            False you antisemitc lyer hater.

        • GIVVO6_B

          The Jews have a racist apartheid state that lives by theft and murder. Jews don’t allow free movement for Palestinians and keep making them go through check points.

        • GIVVO6_B

          Total bollocks. Lieberman has indicated he wants to remove all of them to Jordan. They would have to be moved again when the land thieves decide to annex Gilead.

          • Mike Abramov

            ….and Hamas wants to see every Jew ‘hidden under a rock’ pushed in to the sea. The answer is dialogue not your racist Jew hating rant that achieves nothing but anger from me and all Zionists.

          • GIVVO6_B

            Propaganda from the land thieves who do not like payback for the murders of Palestinians and the theft of their land. Israel wiped Palestine off the map so may be it is time for Palestine to wipe Israel off the map. Most of the countries of the UN now back Palestine and it is only the US veto that stops justice being served.

          • Mike Abramov

            Over 480 PEOPLE in Israel have been murdered by suicide bombers perpetrated by extremist Arabs. I take it you support Hamas? The UN is full of anti-Israel members so, I don’t give a damn about the UN.

          • GIVVO6_B

            There have been no suicide attacks in Palestine since 2008. Since then the Zionists have murdered nearly 4,000 people in Gaza with their air attacks on civilians. how many others have been murdered in the West Bank and in the failed invasion of Lebanon. But the Zionists did lose 49 Merkava tanks. Kaboom!. Well done Hezbollah the defenders of Lebanon from Israeli war criminals.

          • Mike Abramov

            Ok. Now I understand you. One man’s freedom fighter, Hezbollah, is another man’s terrorist. As usual however, you have omitted some very important facts. Firstly, Israel hit Gaza only after many warnings that if Hamas/Islamic Jihad did not stop firing rockets in to civilian Israel, she would come in. Israel then dropped leaflets in to Gaza warning of a counter-attack 3 weeks before she actually hit Gaza. The civilian deaths in Gaza were the result of Hamas using the people of Gaza as human shields and preventing them from taking shelter as recorded by the UN. FACT

        • Helen4Yemen

          David Ben Gurion (David Gurun).

          “Arab Jews are like rabble, human dust. “

        • GIVVO6_B

          They can move around only if they join the IDF but they are banned from marrying Jews.

          • Mike Abramov

            Banned is not correct. Like all the Arab lands the home of the Jewish people does not accommodate mixed marriages. Jews and Arabs who want to marry go to Cyprus.

    • GIVVO6_B

      There should be no Israeli High Schools anywhere. After all they only exist on stolen Palestinian land. The Zionists are the ones that cynically kill people to steal their land and they have been doing that since the end of WW2. Israel is not a country but a hideout for bandits on stolen Palestinian land.

      • Mike Abramov

        Just accept that you lost the 1948 War of Independence. Had you won, there would still be no Palestine. The south would be Northern Egypt and the north would be Northern Syria. It would be Arabs fighting Arabs for an independent Palestine not a democratic Israel where Jews, Muslims and Christians all enjoy equal education, sports and a welfare system. Right!

        • GIVVO6_B

          There was no War of Independence in 1948. It was Zionist thugs ethnically cleansing 750,000 unarmed Palestinians. Killing them in a large number of massacres as at Haifa, Deir Yassin, Ludd, Tantura, Sa’sa and so on and so on. The Zionist scum also bulldozed 500 villages. The Zionists just refuse to obey the UN resolutions to allow all the Arab population back to their homes. The world is waking up and will soon remove all the evil racist Zionist scum. Kissinger says they won’t last another 10 years and I hope it does not take so long.
          There was a war that did not start until May and that was to keep the Zionists out of Lebanon, Syria, Jerusalem and the West Bank. The war has not concluded and when it does the Zionists will be gone.

          • Mike Abramov

            ‘The Zionists just refuse to obey the UN resolutions to allow all the Arab population back to their homes’.

            If this is going to be a racist debate pal, let me remind you that the essence of your rebuttal is that Arabs are bad losers.

            6,000,000 Jews lots everything by 1945 in Europe. Did they sit down and moan? No! They looked to the future. The Arabs have lost 5 wars against the Jews and when you lose you complain. In a nutshell, get over your losses and move on……or see a psychiatrist.

          • GIVVO6_B

            Zionists are just thieves and killers and their refusal to obey the UN resolutions show this very clearly. They are war criminals, abusers of human rights and are also guilty of wars of aggression.
            The Jews did not fight wars they just bomb civilians with illegal weapons.

          • Mike Abramov

            Your reply does not deserve a response. Please re-visit the history of the Middle-East before you make a prat of yourself

          • GIVVO6_B

            It does not need a response any more than the crimes of the Nazis and Stalinists need a response. In fact the history of the Middle East has nothing to do with blood thirsty Khazars who showed up to steal land and call a “Jewish” state in 1948. There was no Jewish State before 1948 that belonged to Khazars.

          • Helen4Yemen

            {6,000,000 Jews lots everything by 1945 in Europe.}

            How much did the German pay per Jew?

          • GIVVO6_B

            Back to the holocaust are we! Boo Hoo. That is always the refuge of mass murdering Zionist thieves. “Conscience makes cowards of them all” is what Ben-Gurion said about Goyim, but it no longer works. The people who died, Gypsies, Poles and Russians were not the same as Irgun and Lehi.

        • Helen4Yemen

          Is the Ashkenazi of European origin? Yes or no?

          • GIVVO6_B

            Yes and they had a Kagan or king the same name many of them still have. It was not Melek, which would have been the Hebrew name. The Khazar language became Yiddish and few spoke the Hebrew language ever.

    • Costaki Georgi

      Dont you have some trace of decency? “hes not a child, Palestinians like to be martyrs, they have more rights, etc” A young boy that was not threatening anybody was killed in cold blood by those heavy armed cowards occupation soldiers and thats all you can say?I hope you die from bone cancer….

      • GIVVO6_B

        Churchill told the British people in 1940 to take at least one invader with them.

      • GIVVO6_B

        Next you will be saying that Jews, Gypsies and Russians liked being killed in the holocaust. You are a shameless loon with a reptilian mind.

    • Helen4Yemen

      Take your civil rights with you back to Poland, Russia, Lithuania,
      Not a single Ashkenazi Jew is a Semite, but predatory leeches on Arab land.

    • Mike Abramov

      You tell them Fred.

    • Helen4Yemen

      I am here to tell you that we the people of the region detest the European colonists in Palestine just like the Algerians detested the French. Got that?

  • wishxy

    It’s unbelievable what are you guys talking about here. Nobody owns nothing – everybody owns everything.

    • GIVVO6_B

      Tell the Zionists that the next time they steal a house or a farm.

      • wishxy

        No big difference seen from outer space.

        • GIVVO6_B

          There is when a Zionist killer is bulldozing your house.

  • Helen4Yemen

    ~ Europe shipped its own Ashkenazi Jews to Arab lands forcing the Arabs to bear Europe’s burden.

    ~ Look at how few of the Ashkenazi Jews are now remaining in their own European countries

    Israel – 6,540,400
    United States – 5,360,000
    Canada – 560,000
    France – 350,000
    United Kingdom – 240,000
    Germany – 190,000
    Argentina – 170,000
    Australia – 150,000
    Russia – 110,000
    Mexico – 100,000
    Brazil – 90,000
    Spain – 60,000
    Italy – 40,000
    Belgium – 30,000
    Chile – 30,000
    Netherlands – 30,000
    South Africa – 30,000
    Turkey – 30,000
    Austria – 20,000
    Panama – 20,000
    Sweden – 20,000
    Switzerland – 20,000
    Ukraine – 20,000
    New Zealand – 10,000
    Poland – 10,000
    Singapore – 10,000
    Greece – less than 10,000
    Hungary – less than 10,000
    Norway – less than 10,000
    Denmark – less than 10,000
    Finland – less than 10,000
    Bulgaria – less than 10,000
    Lithuania – less than 10,000