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In Birzeit, ‘Trigger Happy’ Israel Vindicates Amnesty’s Report

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The "suspect" was 24-year old Muatazz Abdul-Rahim Washaha, an unemployed Palestinian native of Birzeit.


Hass questioned the accuracy of this statement. Claiming that the victim had "barricaded himself" in would make people "think he built a fortress and surrounded himself with explosives. This is very inaccurate," she wrote.


The IDF Spokesman's Office said that the "troops forcibly entered the building and found his body." Hass said that "this is a lie." "The elite police unit had shot Washaha at point-blank range dozens of times, according to the pieces of brain that covered the room, not to mention his legs, arms and fingers that were nearly severed from his body," she added. Washaha's head was split open after being struck by a projectile, a doctor at the PalestinianRamallahHospital told AP on the same day.


It was left to Levy and others to specify the details of "live fire."


Levy reported that " the most moral army in the world fired an ( M72 LAW) anti-tank missile at the house in which a wanted young Palestinian was hiding " ran a bulldozer over the top of the house and destroyed it," using "a drill it calls a "pressure cooker' -- a rather disgusting drill it invented for itself."


When the tactic of "pressure cooker," which involves shooting at the walls of the house that is surrounded , failed to persuade the   suspect   to come out and turn himself in, the IOF troops at around 7 AM bulldozed part of the outer wall of the house and fired projectiles into the building. Fire erupted in the house. At 11 AM, they issued an ultimatum, "giving Muatazz two minutes to surrender, without result. As the ultimatum expired, the army fired several   artillery shells   from close distance. They then stormed the burning house, killing Muatazz," Jan Walraven reported in the Palestine Monitor on this March 3.


The four -- apartment building was bulldozed and shelled out of use and its contents burned and vandalized. Four families suddenly found themselves on the street, waiting for charities.


Washaha did not "resist" his arrest; he simply refused to give himself in. Released from an IFO jail only a few months ago, he knew very well what being imprisoned by the IOF meant. "I will be free here. Leave and do not worry about me. I will stay here and not surrender. I will not return to prison," he told a Palestinian civil defense worker who rushed in to extinguish the fire caused by the Israeli projectile. Those were his last words, quoted by The Electronic Intifada on last February 28.


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*Nicola Nasser is a veteran Arab journalist in Kuwait, Jordan, UAE and Palestine. He is based in Ramallah, West Bank of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.
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