'Last month Israeli occupation forces killed a 17-year-old volunteer medic while he was on duty in Dheisheh refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
Soon after, Israeli army spokesperson Avichay Adraee published a video on Facebook purporting to show the Palestinian youth, Sajid Mizher, on a rooftop, taking off his medic vest and throwing stones at soldiers. The video shows how medics can turn into “rioters in seconds,” Adraee claims in his post.
The Israeli outlet 0404 News picked up the video, describing Mizher as a “heinous terrorist” who was only killed after “endangering our forces.”
The video is an apparent attempt to suggest that Mizher forfeited special protection afforded to medics under international law by taking off his vest and throwing a stone at a soldier.
But like most of Israel’s attempts to justify its use of lethal force against Palestinians, it doesn’t hold water.
It is based on a lie, intended to cover up the intentional killing of a medic.
An investigation by the human rights group Al-Haq found that Mizher had not been on the rooftop before he was killed.
Additionally, the figure seen in the video is wearing a white shirt under his high-visibility vest. Mizher was wearing a black shirt under his vest, as is shown in a group photo of the volunteer medics taken hours before a bullet to the stomach took his life, published as an appendix in Al-Haq’s report.
The video, which includes no time stamps, shows a rooftop in al-Walajiya neighborhood, according to Al-Haq. Mizher was shot on Dheisheh’s main street, 300 meters away from the rooftop shown in the video.
Rather than throwing a stone – which would hardly justify the use of lethal force by heavily armed and armored soldiers, even if it were true – Mizher was “fatally shot while attempting to tend to an injured youth, as part of his duties as a first responder,” according to Al-Haq’s investigation.
The bullet that killed Mizher hit him in the lower abdomen, just below the reflective vest identifying him as a medic.
“In this context, the targeting of Sajid Mizher amounts to an extrajudicial killing and an arbitrary deprivation of life,” Al-Haq states.'
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