Emad Abu Shamsiya, the man who recorded the killing of a disarmed Palestinian man by an Israeli soldier is now receiving death threats.
Abu Shamsiya’s footage shows 21-year-old Abdul Fattah al-Sharif lying on the ground after already having been shot once for stabbing an Israeli soldier moments earlier. After two minutes, the clip shows a soldier approach Sharif and shoot him in the head as he lays there motionless, his blood spilling into the streets.
The video was published by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem who denounced the incident as an “extrajudicial street killing.” In a rare statement, Israeli authorities also criticized the incident of breaching “IDF values, conducts and standards of military operations.”
Still, the IDF maintains that many of those shot dead in these killings, including children and teens, did or attempted to carry out stabbings. But many opponents have pointed out the disproportionate nature of these murders.
The 19-year old soldier who shot al-Sharif and who faces charges of manslaughter, justified his action by saying he believed al-Sharif was wearing an explosive vest and posed a threat.
The incident has sparked debate from both those in support of the soldier, as well human rights groups bringing attention to the deaths of Palestinians like al-Sharif.
Abu Shamsiya, who lives only 100 meters from Israeli settlers, now fears for his life after exposing this killing. In the past he has had equipment destroyed and has been beaten up for filming instances of violence against Palestinians.He records these incidents often and has even taught his family to do the same, but he recounts this footage as “undoubtedly the most important incident” he has ever filmed.