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Israel is a terror state

Issue No. 2497

Footage from the video shows Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif lying on the floor before he was shot

Footage from the video shows Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif lying on the floor

Shocking video footage showing an Israeli soldier execute Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif as he lay wounded in the middle of a road went viral last week.

The video shows a number of Israeli soldiers and settlers standing around Abed before one shoots him in the head.

The footage is difficult to watch. But what makes it so disturbing is how commonplace such killings are.

More than 200 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis since October last year.

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu defended the Israeli military after the killing, calling any criticism “outrageous and unacceptable”.

But the hundreds killed by Israel are people who have lived their whole lives under a brutal occupation.

Abed was shot in Hebron, where thousands of Israeli soldiers protect a few hundred settlers.

But Israel’s crimes are causing widespread revulsion, as shown by the growth of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

President Reuven Rivlin even spoke at Israel’s first ever anti-BDS conference in Israel on Monday.

That Israel’s rulers are so worried by BDS is an encouragement to everyone who supports the Palestinians. It’s one of the best reasons to get involved in the campaign.

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