Israeli Border Police officer acquitted of shooting death of Palestinian child


Omri Abu charged of killing Ahmed Moussa, 10, during a demonstration against the separation fence near the West Bank town of Na’alin; Abu: If you don’t respond, it’s perceived as weakness.

Haaretz

A Border Police officer was acquitted Tuesday of causing the death of a 10-year-old Palestinian boy on the grounds of ‘reasonable doubt’.

The officer was charged with causing the death of the boy four years ago. In his testimony he said: “If they see you don’t respond, it will be seen as a weakness.”

In 2008,. Border Policeman Omri Abu’’s unit was called to the site of a demonstration against the fence being constructed in the West Bank town of Na’’alin, after protesters had breached the fence.

The unit was was met with a barrage of stones when they arrived. Abu opened the door of the SUV his jeep and fired two live bullets, fatally shooting Ahmed Moussa, 10, in the forehead.

Abu was indicted in May 2010 at the Ramle Magistrate’’s cCourt for causing death by negligence. The trial lasted for two years due to the difficulties in bringing witnesses from the Palestinian Authority.

In his testimony, Abu said: ““I opened the door to evaluate the situation and felt immediate danger and alarm. The stones were hurled with such intensity that the vehicle rocked, so I saw fit to shoot in the air.””

Asked what factors he considered when he opened fire, Abu said ““there was fear concern that the incident would escalate. Even in a bullet-proof car, you have to respond. If they see you don’’t respond, it can be perceived as weakness. They can crowd around us and the incident can escalate to 1,001 other possibilities.””

Abu testified that he felt in danger despite being in a bullet-proof vehicle because ““these vehicles are only protected to a certain level, and in some cases vehicles have been rendered useless after being damaged in the hood … The Windshields have also been also shattered. That’’s not something you get used to.””

  1. #1 by Stanley Spitzer on October 30, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    The murders continue, with the blessing of the US.

  2. #2 by annebeck58 on October 30, 2012 - 4:40 pm

    A little boy throws a stone.
    After all this child saw in his short life, it was the least he could do. And Izrahell decides blowing this child away was fine.

    As a mother of a boy who just celebrated his 27th birthday, yesterday, I can easily look back to when he was ten. He would have done anything to protect me and his sister. And if we’d been unlucky enough to be born in a place and time where we were under constant attack, he would surly have thrown stones.

    And the world is okay with the consequences?

  3. #3 by Isaac on October 30, 2012 - 11:02 pm

    That happens every day, the killing of inocent people, women, children is a daily thing for theese mass murderers who offer these blood to their god of the darkness.

  4. #4 by ruby22-kate on October 31, 2012 - 4:17 pm

    What kind of a soldier is afraid of a ten-year-old boy? How can an armed, trained adult man be afraid of a scrawny, malnourished ten-year-old? This scared soldier should be ashamed to show his predatory, bully-boy face.
    Business as usual is closer to the true reason, imo, ordinary military murder. Every day, an endless supply of skinny, disadvantaged children for zionist persecution and target practice
    Acquitted! They’ll probably give him a medal, or name a street after him.

  5. #5 by annebeck58 on October 31, 2012 - 5:15 pm

    Yes,
    they will probably name the street Izrahell builds on the land where this child was shot, after the murderer. It is how they do things.
    And they don’t know why much of the world has had it with them? Too many of us are or have been parents of ten year-old boys. We know it certainly does not take bullets to stop them throwing stones.

  6. #6 by gina on October 31, 2012 - 7:33 pm

    Look at his little hands.. this child is with the LORD now~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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