Shot him, Yes; Killed him, No; The case of a journalist killed

Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana was shot dead by an Israeli tank shell in April of this year. Of course it is internationally illegal and forbidden to shoot at journalists covering conflict zones. An Israeli investigation was opened as to why was Shana shot dead even though he was wearing a “press vest”, and was moving in a car clearly marked as “TV”.

Today, the investigation concluded, and i quote:

The Israeli troops that were responsible for firing a shell at him [Shana], were not responsible for his death nor the death of eight other civilians who also died in the attack.

At first, this may seem illogical to you, but a deeper look reveals that Palestinians in this area have evolved what is now called “Armored Skin Cells” (ASC) that protects them from tank shells and surface missiles. So, it very likely that an Israeli tank can shoot a shell at a reporter or a civilian without them getting hurt. Ridiculous! Just Ridiculous.

Argh, there are countries under the rule of international law, and there are countries that are above the rule of international law. Go figure!

Here is the Reuters report if you are interested

  1. Same old rubbish repeating itself.
    Rationalizations that are so pathetic yet are spoken.

  2. Batoul: Yup. Unfortunately it is not a new strategy. We’ve seen it before, and we’ll see it again 🙁

  3. What a joke. Why doesn’t anyone just stand up and say that is total bullshit because they knew who they were shooting at and when you fire at someone it tends to kill them. That tank shell looks like it is using flechets. Aren’t those weapons banned?

  4. These PR dudes and copywriters who write up this feces get paid a lot of money to get away with it LOOOOL! And people nod!

  5. Zingo: Well, this is not an entirely new behavior. Reuters says it might take legal action, but i bet they will drop it after a while. As for the weapons, i don’t know much about the tank shells, but Israel has been cited using prohibited weapons before, and that didn’t stop them either. Heck, they even refuse to implement many U.N. resolutions, and are continuing to build the separation barrier that has been deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice, and many more instances of such things. But nobody stops them.

    KJ: Yup!! Nod and prepare for the next thing they’ll do.

  6. i just heard the news today ! couldn’t believe it !!
    have you seen the documentary on AlJazeera English ? Fadel and other cameramen in Palestine were the main subject,and his death occurred during shooting the film .i tried lookin it up i wanted to post about it but couldn’t find it .

  7. That is just so infuriatingly backward. But what is even more infuriating that there are so many chumps that just eat it up..

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