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Israeli soldiers tell Palestinians: ‘We will gas you until you die'

Oct. 30, 2015 12:39 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 31, 2015 8:57 P.M.)
Israel's separation wall pictured from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem.(Charlie Hoyle/File)
By: Megan Hanna

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli military forces issued a disturbing message to residents of Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem on Thursday, telling them that unless they stopped throwing stones "we will gas you until you die."

Israeli military forces raided the camp and fired tear gas and flash grenades indiscriminately at people’s windows, balconies, and down the narrow streets, allegedly in response to Palestinian youths throwing stones at the Israeli separation wall that borders the community.

During the raid, an Israeli soldier in a military vehicle addressed the protesters and residents of the camp through a loudspeaker in Arabic. The disturbing incident was caught on film.

“Inhabitants of Aida, we are the Israeli occupation forces, if you throw stones we will hit you with gas until you die. The children, the youth, and the old people, all of you – we won’t spare any of you”.

During the assault of the protesters, a 25-year-old was arrested. The speakerphone announcement continued, “We have arrested one of you, he’s with us now. We took him from his home, and we will kill him while you’re watching as long as you throw stones.”

The chilling message concluded: “We will blind your eyes with gas until you die, your homes, your families, brothers, sons, everyone”.

Subsequently after the announcement, Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets indiscriminately in the streets.

The use of force was so extreme that children from Aida’s two community centers and residents of nearby houses had to be evacuated to another part of the camp, and at least one youth was taken to hospital with respiratory problems.

The clashes are part of a spate of violence that has unfolded across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory over the past month, in which at least 64 Palestinians and 9 Israelis have been killed.

Israeli military vehicles invaded Aida refugee camp and used loud speakers to leave the Palestinians a message.. Watch, listen and share.. (English subtitles)#Palestine

Posted byMohammed Matteron Thursday, 29 October 2015

Alongside the disconcerting language used to inspire terror 
among the residents -- the majority of whom weren’t involved in the stone throwing -- the film provides evidence of a member of the Israeli army admitting to the potentially lethal application of tear gas.

Last week, on Oct. 21, Hashem al-Azzeh, 54, died in Hebron due to excessive tear gas inhalation used by Israeli forces to subdue protesters, and two days earlier an elderly woman in the Batan el-Hawa area of Silwan, East Jerusalem, died from the effects of tear gas fired during clashes.

“In this statement, we see -- among a range of potential criminal offences -- a public threat to kill Palestinian civilians, and to execute a prisoner,"Simon Reynolds, Legal Advocacy Coordinator at the BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, told Ma'an.

"Though such threats are appalling, they are not necessarily surprising. In light of the mounting civilian death toll among Palestinians, such threats merely add words to the deed.

“What we are seeing is an apparent policy of lawlessness in which Israeli forces can wield deadly force with virtual impunity. Especially troubling is that this is a policy that seems to have, at the very minimum, the tacit acceptance of the highest levels of government.”

Numerous rights groups have publicly condemned Israel’s disproportionate military response while policing demonstrations and responding to alleged attacks.

“Indiscriminate or deliberate firing on observers and demonstrators who pose no imminent threat violates the international standards that bind Israeli security forces,"Kenneth Roth, executive director of Humans Rights Watch said on Oct. 11, after a HRW research assistant was shot and injured while observing a demonstration near Ramallah.

Earlier this week, Amnesty International demanded that Israel stop unlawful killings in occupied Palestinian territory, stating that Israeli forces appeared to have "ripped up the rulebook."

“There is mounting evidence that, as tensions have risen dramatically, in some cases Israeli forces appear to have ripped up the rulebook and resorted to extreme and unlawful measures,"Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International said.

"Intentional lethal force should only be used when absolutely necessary to protect life," he added. "Instead we are increasingly seeing Israeli forces recklessly flouting international standards by shooting to kill in situations where it is completely unjustified."

In February last year, Amnesty released a report entitled 'Trigger-happy', which found that Israeli forces display a "callous disregard" for human life, with near total impunity for the killing of Palestinian civilians in cases examined since 2011.

Megan Hanna is a freelance photographer and journalist based in Palestine.
Comments
Jon / USA
"The most moral army" This video should be played on every news station in the US. Worse than ISIS, this bunch.
30/10/2015 15:00
Dan / Sweden
This is insane😝
30/10/2015 15:26
Carol Scheller / Switzerland
Who is giving free rein to the Israeli army to do or say absolutely anything ? The sky is the limit ? This policy is sheer madness.
30/10/2015 16:44
some one / some where
stop throwing stone people get killed by it
30/10/2015 16:57
Paul / Kenya
Can you prove that the Israeli army is saying that ?
All I see is a car and hear words ?
Would not be first time Palestians use it for international sympathy, just like Abbas and the 13 year old Palestinian boy who was supposedly executed by Israeli army and then of course he is found alive.
30/10/2015 17:05
Arnold / Canada
I am going to go out on a limb and say that the video is a made up Palestinian ruse. I might be wrong but listening to the voice and words leads me to believe this is a Palestinian production.
30/10/2015 17:23
if you throw stones we will hit you / if you throw stones we will hit you
if you throw stones we will hit you
30/10/2015 19:13
Hetty / the Netherlands
Result of the dehumanization process from birth on.
30/10/2015 20:08
Joe / USA
This is pretty bad......but we've seen much worse coming from the other side.
30/10/2015 20:38
Amos / Israel
Worse than ISIS right ?
ISIS bomb holy places of other religions, and behead their opposition.
I am pretty critical towards our government's policies, but there is no room for comparison.
30/10/2015 21:25
Gerry. / Occupied Ireland.
This reminds me of the comparison that we are not supposed to make !
31/10/2015 01:56
GR / USA
The question really is why kids are on the streets throwing stones. If they were at home, writing or filming about their struggles and not using violence, things were different. The Israeli soldiers mention that throwing stones be should be stopped, in the US police would use greater force for stonestones
31/10/2015 14:45
Dan / UK
Where are the so called champions of humanity, UK, US and united nations?
31/10/2015 16:51
Ellen / U.S.
Could Amnesty International be fooled by a Palestinian fake film?
31/10/2015 18:29
Outlier / USA
Not a smart comment, but understandable based on the stress and frustration they must feel.
31/10/2015 18:43
Shlomo / Israel
Gassing people to death reminds me of the final solution. What kind of animals have we become. Do we not remember past our long noses?
31/10/2015 19:29
Elizabeth / Canada
Some claim that this is made up by Palestinians. Maybe. But the ongoing violence by Israel is not made up. Denial is easier than facing the awful truth. "We are becoming cruel" said a former leader of Shin Bet in the film "The Gatekeepers" about the Israelis.
31/10/2015 21:55
John galley / Ireland.
Disgusting.let them not mention German gas again.
01/11/2015 00:06
Tom / America
very sad and disturbing but yeah kids there need to learn u can throw stones at an army... Just like u can't throw stones or even punches at police here. It just won't end well. where are the parents??
01/11/2015 00:59
JoeUSA / USA
Hey Arnold from Canada , you truly went out on a limb and you fell out of the tree. According to Jerusalem Post and Haaretz , the Israeli soldier who was behind the loudspeaker threatening to gas people to death had been "suspended" ( whatever that means). So , it was not a Palestinian fabrication.
01/11/2015 02:41
Maggie / UK
If this was Palestinian propaganda then there would be no investigation. "Settlers" need to stop sealing property and land that IS NOT theirs. IDF and Hamas are as bad as each other.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/border-cop-suspended-for-threatening-to-gas-palestinians/
01/11/2015 03:14
Peter Ex / Australia
I don't think there is any doubt about the validity of this video .... anyone questioning it I suspect would have a private reason for doing so ...
01/11/2015 06:37
Carlos Gomez / Spain
At least the Nazi's had the "decency" to hide the concentration camp and killings.
01/11/2015 11:27
Hazim / Malaysia
Israel is a cruel nation
01/11/2015 14:48
Garet Benson / USA
1) An IDF soldier said, "we are the Israeli occupation forces"?!? 2) "We have arrested one of you...we will kill him while you’re watching." Who's going to be watching at the detention center? This translation sounds fishy.
01/11/2015 15:18
Carol Scheller / Switzerland
Proof ? The army has just dismissed the soldier behind these extremely reprehensible words.
01/11/2015 20:28
Ian H / United Kingdom
This is "Have I got news for you" material.
01/11/2015 20:53
ian / australia (1)
Holy Moses. It's like the voice of G-d, straight outta Deuteronomy. Almost verbatim. But I agree with Arnold. It seems pretty fake. Not that they're not vicious enough to DO it (think skunk water) but I doubt they'd announce themselves as the "Israeli occupation forces" or threaten to "hit you with gas until you die"
01/11/2015 21:30
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) (or hand over such a propaganda gift). Then again, it's so convincing as a product of a fetid Jewish imagination ("gas" etc.) maybe someone has lost it and turned rogue on the frontier. It's hard to tell.
01/11/2015 21:31
ian / australia
To GR: "If they were at home...and not using violence, things were different." No, GR. That's the whole point. Israeli is utterly rapacious. Violence and restraint on the behalf of Palestinians is rewarded equally with the same steady takeover of their country. That's why young shuhada are carrying out suicide attacks on soldiers. Israel has left them no alternative they can live with.
01/11/2015 21:40
ian / australia
Let me take that back. The voice says, "We are the Israeli army" not "occupation forces" and raves with mounting hysteria about the indiscriminate death and destruction they will cause if stonethrowing continues, which is to say, it's entirely consistant with the behaviour of soldiers in the occupied territories, shouting and threatening and generally behaving like sadistic bullies. 100% genuine.
01/11/2015 22:06
Millwall Fan / London
Can't believe they get away with saying it over there. Tottenham fans cry blue murder when they hear that chant.
01/11/2015 22:15
suzy / BELGIUM
Israeli Occupation is evil..... but sorry duds, it 's a fake. a REAL fake. There a lot of videos like that, that look real . but it's bullsheet.
02/11/2015 00:30
TonyMcPhail / UK
They swagger about in the streets,with their guns, with confidence, The so called IDF, women and all.killing who they like,because they have the guns,while the others don't have any. They have the best of everything while Palestinians live in shit. They can do as they like. They have stolen their la.
02/11/2015 12:08
Outlier / USA
Delusional much, Tony? Such false statements reflect poorly on you.
02/11/2015 19:12
ian / australia
To Outlier. "Delusional much, Tony?" Which bit, Outlier? That soldiers swagger? Have guns? Are confident? Are women? Kill who they like? Are well equipped (while Palestinians have nothing)? Have stolen Palestinian land? What's the "delusion"?
02/11/2015 22:49
Arnold / Canada
Joe/ USA- I stand corrected up until the investigation is complete. If the guy did do it I say throw him under the bus. If not ..... well let us see.
03/11/2015 02:38
Gerry / Occupied Ireland.
As usual most of these comments contain the typical "Israeli Syndrome", "DENIAL".
04/11/2015 00:22
Colin Wright / USA
To Amos 'Worse than ISIS right ?' There you go. Zionists are reduced to saying 'hey: we're better than ISIS.'
04/11/2015 23:30
Colin Wright / USA
To Gerry: 'This reminds me of the comparison that we are not supposed to make !' You mean comparing Zionism to Nazism? Why not? The two movements are remarkably similar in most respects. Indeed, Israel could be described as the Nazi dream fulfilled -- just with Jews rather than Germans.
05/11/2015 19:30
Colin Wright / USA
'You will all die, we won't leave any of you alive.' Well, that's the Zionist dream. Sadly, public relations concerns make it difficult to fulfill. Still, you can bet visions of crematoria are dancing in their heads. That's just the kind of folks they are.
05/11/2015 19:42
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