Mondoweiss.net ———-By Jonathan Ofir —————-Mon., Dec.07, 2020
On Friday, Palestinian teenager Ali Abu Alia was killed by Israeli occupation soldiers, shot in the abdomen. It was during a demonstration at his home town of Al Mughayyir, against a nearby Jewish Israeli settlement expansion.
According to Defense for Children International Palestine he was on the sideline, merely “observing clashes” .
Now if you read the Israeli military statement on this, as featured in the Haaretz report, it seems to get really complex, as it were:
The Israeli military said that there were riots in the area, but denied using live fire. Rioters used burned tires and tried to block the road, an IDF spokesperson said, and Israeli forces responded with rubber bullets and “Ruger” guns, which have a low muzzle speed.
So the logic, as formulated here, is that the “Ruger” gun is not “live fire”, since it has “low muzzle speed”.
Let’s not be bamboozled by this Israeli military BS. The Ruger 10/22 regularly applied by the Israeli military to “suppress demonstrations” is lethal ammunition, with a bullet speed of about 1.080 feet (330 meters) per second – just about the speed of sound.
Alright, it’s not as fast as for example the M-16 which goes at 2.800 FPS, but I’m sure none of us want to be a guinea pig for the testing of what happens when a Ruger bullet hits one’s abdomen.
USA congresswoman Betty McCollum, who has been a staunch champion of the rights of Palestinian children, condemned the killing as a “grotesque state-sponsored killing”.
Ali Abu Alia, may his beautiful young soul rest in eternal peace, does not care about “muzzle speeds”. That little bullet got him, and it’s over for him. The “only democracy” murdered him, slowly.