On Razan Najjar: When Will Big Media Stop Distorting Israel's Crimes?

Published June 4th, 2018 - 11:41 GMT
Footage for what was seen as final moments of Razan Najjar before Israeli sniper shot her dead. (Twitter)
Footage for what was seen as final moments of Razan Najjar before Israeli sniper shot her dead. (Twitter)

Razan Najjar, a 21-year-old Palestinian paramedic has become the 119 Palestinian killed by Israeli snipers during the last two months in Gaza.

Razan, who had always believed that women can serve as medics especially in the conservative society of Gaza, was seen dressed in her white paramedic’s uniform. She was running toward the border fence with her arms raised to show that she poses no threat, in order to reach a Palestinian shot by snipers. She was then shot in the chest.

Photos from the scene showed men rushing to carry her before she was announced dead shortly after.

Razan’s brutal killing drew an international condemnation against Israel. 

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay E. MLADENOV, tweeted in condemnation of Razan’s killing:

Meanwhile, the New York Times newspaper faced wide criticism over choosing a misleading title on the killing of Razan story, where they chose to distort the fact that her life was “stolen” by cruel Israeli forces, and say she “loses hers in Gaza violence”.

Ayman Mohyeldin, a TV host on MSNBC, attacked the NYT for their choice in a tweet saying:

On their tweet, people were harshly criticizing the NYT choice to overlook the Israeli war crime in killing Razan.

Despite all international laws on protecting paramedics and the Geneva Convention that considers firing at a medic “wearing clear insignia is a war crime”, Razan was shot dead by one of most brutal forces in the world.

Several images were shared for Razan depicting her as an angel of mercy and a symbol for Palestinian resistance, in addition to several videos for her while defending her choice of volunteering as an emergency medical worker.

On Saturday, Razan’s funeral was attended by thousands of Palestinians. Many of her colleagues dressed in white medical uniforms, and carried Razan on their shoulders. She was covered with the Palestinian flag. Her father was carrying her medical vest that is stained with her blood.

In response, the Israeli army justified the killing of Razan as military forces were operating “in accordance with standard operating procedures” and that an investigation will be launched in the case, according to the Times of Israel.

According to Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news citing medics on the ground in Gaza, Israeli forces have been targeting Palestinian peaceful demonstrators in Gaza with a new type of round. It is known as the “butterfly bullet” that explodes “upon impact, pulverising tissue, arteries and bone” causing severe internal injuries. Razan is believed to be shot by one of the “butterfly” illegal bullets.

Since March 30, 2018, Gazans have protested in a “Great Return March” on Gaza’s border with Israel, to assure their right of return to the land. Hundreds of Palestinians were killed while peacefully protesting and thousands were injured which sparked an international condemnation against Israel’s use of lethal force against unarmed protesters. 

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