15 Palestinian children have been killed since the beginning of 2014, none of which where involved in hostilities.1 The stories of most of these children are resigned to live into the future as traumatic memories in the minds of their families and loved ones. The cases of Nadeem Nawara and Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu Daher present a unique opportunity to change this pattern. Thanks to the wealth of video cameras rolling on site at the time of their shootings, there is an opportunity to hold those responsible accountable for their actions, and to use this case to show the brutal nature of Israel’s domination of Palestinians and their propensity to deny their actions.
On November 23, 2014, the Israeli military indicted the border policeman they took into custody earlier that month for the manslaughter of Nadeem Nawara. One of the principal distinctions between manslaughter and murder is whether the killing was premeditated or not. Our report demonstrated that the border policeman involved was conscious of the fact that he was firing live fire when he pulled the trigger and fired the bullet that killed Nadeem Nawara.
The sound analysis connected the killing of Nawara and that of Abu Daher. The same method – firing live rounds through a rubber coated bullet extension was used in both killings. We believe Abu Daher was killed by the same border policeman or one of his colleagues operating in a similar manner.