Video suggests Israeli army lied about slain Palestinian

New video evidence suggests the Israeli military lied when accusing slain Palestinian of throwing a Molotov cocktail at soldiers.

Israeli occupation forces shot and killed Raed al-Naasan, 22, in the chest in the village of al-Mughayyir, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on 29 November.

Israeli troops raided the village to hand down demolition orders for a number of homes, and villagers responded by throwing stones at them.

Israeli forces opened fire, killing al-Naasan.

Hours after the shooting, the Israeli army released a statement saying that “a suspect had thrown a Molotov cocktail at the fighters, who responded by shooting at him.”

Days later, the BBC released footage of the incident, suggesting the Israeli army lied. Raed al-Naasan appeared to be holding only stones.

The video, which the BBC said shows events before al-Naasan was shot and another clip of him injured, captures a group of men including al-Naasan throwing stone.

Al-Naasan can be seen standing by a gate in a beige jumper with his hands behind his waist, apparently holding stones.

A shot can be heard in the video, and al-Naasan flees. A second shot was reportedly fired, hitting al-Naasan, according to the BBC. Another clip shows him running into a group of men and boys while injured, where he collapses.

A paramedic told the British broadcaster that “no one threw a Molotov cocktail, I was here.”

No one on the video can be seen holding or throwing any Molotov Cocktail.

In response to the video, the Israeli army said that “only a portion of the event is depicted in the video. IDF soldiers encountered violent rioters… among them the deceased.”

The army insisted that al-Naasan “hurled a Molotov cocktail at the forces, who opened fire in response. The circumstances of the event are being examined.”

Local media circulated al-Naasan’s picture following his killing:

The 22-year-old was reportedly training as an officer in the Palestinian Authority security forces.

Al-Naasan was one of four Palestinians killed by Israeli fire that day. A fifth succumbed to wounds sustained in the late hours of the day before.

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Tamara Nassar

Tamara Nassar is an assistant editor at The Electronic Intifada.