By M.A. Hussein, CounterCurrents
Just when it seems that the Israeli Defense Forces could not possibly do anything worse than they did during last Summer’s War on Gaza, Israeli troops go and prove us wrong. This time the IDF has shot and killed an American citizen of Palestinian descent. That American citizen is a 14-year-old teenager who troops dead Friday afternoon.
IDF troops shoot the young boy during clashes that erupted in a protest.
IDF officials say that the boy was about to “throw a firebomb towards Route 60,” but his family and protesters say that he was holding a burning Israeli flag and that IDF troops shot him out of spite when they saw this.
In any event, the killing of 14-year-old Orwah Hammad, who was born in New Orleans, could further complicate already growing tensions between Israel and the United States.
IDF sources told Reuters that they applauded the killing, as the soldiers “managed to prevent an attack when they encountered a Palestinian man hurling a molotov cocktail at them on the main road next to Silwad. They opened fire and they confirmed a hit.”
Eye-witnesses, however, say that the boy was simply holding a burning Israeli flag at a protest, corroborating what protesters told us, and contradicting the official IDF account. Some protesters told us there is an image of this floating around, but we have yet to confirm such a photograph, while finding something similar depicted in a photograph of an earlier protest in Silwad.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said “The United States expresses its deepest condolences to the family of a U.S. citizen minor who was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces during clashes in Silwad on October 24.”
Psaki called for an investigation of the shooting and said that the U.S. will remain “closely engaged with the local authorities, who have the lead on this investigation.”
Hammad is not the first Palestinian teen that the IDF has killed recently. Just last week, the IDF shot and killed 13-year-old in the West Bank.