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

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" They could have taken him as a prisoner, but they did not want him as a prisoner they wanted to kill him," his father Mr. Abdul -- Rahim said. Similarly, his mother, Mrs. Eitzaaz Washaha, told Anadolu Agency: "Israeli forces could have arrested Washaha, but they were determined to kill him. My son wasn't armed. He was killed after the house was bombed."


An Israeli Shin Bet officer, who goes under the name of Alon, gave permission to kill Muatazz because he refused to appear for an interview with him, according to Hass. "This was regarded as a personal affront by Alon," she wrote. The victim's brother, Tha'er Washaha, told Haaretz he implored Alon for permission to go inside and convince his brother to come out; Alon refused.


However, despite the officially acknowledged "suspicion," an   official army tweet , quoted by Los Angeles Times on the same day, convicted him as a "terrorist who resisted arrest."


Pro -- Israeli media and Israeli media, the latter being subjected to well -- known strict military censorship, echoed this unconfirmed conclusion; for example, on the same day headlined its report to conclude that a "Wanted Terrorist (was) Shot Dead by Israel Defense Forces."


Disinformation was demonstrated by Israel Hayom, reportedly close to prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office; on the same day Hayom reported that "a firefight broke out" between the holed in victim and the besieging army brigade, but the witnesses on the site confirmed the Reuters' report that "no shots were heard from inside the home before the Israeli forces opened fire," a fact that is confirmed by the other fact that the raiding Israeli forces did not suffer the slightest casualty, which also refutes the IOF' claim that the man had an AK-47 rifle, another "story" that "Israel accepted " with a yawn," according to Levy of Haaretz.


The Palestinian Authority (PA) in a statement condemned Washaha's killing as an "assassination," a "crime" and a " deliberate" killing. PA's spokesman, Ihab Bsaiso, said it was an "example of the violence perpetrated on a daily basis against our population." In a letter sent to the UN Secretary-General, the President of the UN Security Council and the President of the UN General Assembly, Palestinian Ambassador Feda Abdelhady -- Nasser said Washaha's killing indicates Israel's " pre-meditated intention of killing him."


Israeli journalist Hass agrees further that his killing was a "cold-blooded assassination"; "The Israeli army did this deliberately," she wrote. "Israel's goal" was "to embarrass the Palestinian Authority and undermine its status" among its own people and Israel was "successful" as the "Palestinian Authority officials were absent from Washaha's funeral" the next day to avoid the angry crowds, estimated at more than five thousand, who were demanding an end to peace negotiations and to PA's security coordination with Israel.


Gideon Levy had another interpretation for the motives of "The most moral army in the world," which was the title of his opinion column in Haaretz; "The Israel Defense Forces has also created a heartwarming name for all this: the "Tool of Disruption" -- storming a civilian community for the purpose of causing panic and fear, and to disrupt its life," or "Sometimes these operations are conducted "  as a training routine in order to preserve the readiness of the forces and a demonstration of sovereign power" toward the Palestinians living under the Israeli military occupation since 1967, he wrote.


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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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