endless casualties of Israel’s “buffer zone”

Mahmoud Shawa, 19, was shot just below the knee by an Israeli soldier during a non-violent demonstration against the Israeli-imposed ‘buffer zone’ near Nahal Oz border crossing. He arrived at Shifa Hospital bleeding heavily.

Although in great pain and having lost a considerable amount of blood, Shawa was able to clarify that, no, the Israeli soldiers did not give any warning before they shot him in the leg.

The bullet, entering and exiting just below Shawa’s left knee was clearly intended for his kneecap, paralleling the injuries of two of four demonstrators shot by Israeli soldiers on March 30 in two separate Land Day demonstrations. One year earlier, Wafa An Najar, 17, was ‘kneecapped’ as she and her family returned to the site of their home, destroyed during the Israeli war on Gaza in 2008-2009. As Wafa stood roughly 800 metres from the border in Khoza’a, southeast of Khan Younis, an Israeli soldier targeted her, hitting her exactly in the kneecap.

Shawa, like those injured on March 30, says he will return to the demonstrations when he can walk again.

“I came because we are protesting this buffer zone,” he said.

The teen is representative of the youths who demonstrate alongside women and men: fearless, ready to defy Israel’s attempt to annex Palestinian land, and human.

“He had his university books with him,” said Shawa’s friend. “He came from university to the demonstration.”

Shawa is studying information technology.

The demonstration today was in keeping with the non-violent demonstrations protesting the Israeli-imposed ‘buffer zone’, a restriction which extends far beyond the 300 metres Israelis say is off-limits. The Israeli soldiers’ shooting was in keeping the Israeli army’s policy of targeting visibly unarmed civilians, acts later to be whitewashed under the pretext of ‘security’.

see also:

Palestinian demos continue non-violent against a violent Israeli army

IOF assaults on Land Day demos: 4 youths shot at close range

Israeli invasion into southeastern Gaza kills 4, injures 8, destroys a home and ravages farmland

Israeli soldiers target Gaza’s poorest, including children

psst… voices calling loud

popular resistance lives on in Gaza

Homes and livelihoods gone in an instant

how Israeli policies and attacks have ravaged Gaza’s agricultural sector

where is the buffer zone?

Israel destroying Gaza’s farmlands: arson in Johr ad Dik

reclaiming Gaza’s land

the young bird keeper

lost livelihoods

dignified beyond losses

The Israeli shooting left me paralyzed

still bleeding after all these days

harvest challenges

Lost in the Buffer Zone

some days you get shot at

farmers under fire

54 days

rising casualties in the buffer zone

buffer zone widow

Dirty Tricks: Israeli Soldiers Shoot Deaf Palestinian Farmer, 4th Farmer Shot in 3 weeks

the third hit her in the kneecap

Abu Taima’s land

11 comments

  1. How come you are not writing for IPS news agency anymore? I remember seeing quite a few of your articles published there.

  2. i am still planning to write for them… have just gotten a bit busy, but have maybe 8 articles in the making! hopefully soon will be back on track! thanks!

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