An armoured bulldozer is then seen repeatedly trying to scoop up the corpse, before driving off with the body dangling from its front blade. The army said the young man was a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) militant who was involved in an earlier incident of planting explosive devices by the partition fence between Gaza and Israel. Lt Col Jonathan Conricus, spokesperson for the Israeli army, told The Independent that the action was carried out in a way that “minimises exposure to Israeli troops, knowing very well in the past the PIJ have conducted attacks against the army including coming with suicide vests to blow themselves up”. Yariv Oppenheimer, a former head of Peace Now, an Israeli settlement watchdog, called it “shameful and shocking”, saying the action will “not bring relief to Israeli families and civilians in Gaza”. Ofer Cassif, a Jewish lawmaker for the mostly Arab Joint List, called it “nauseating bloodthirst”, adding that Israel’s leadership “must put an end to their death celebrations”.
The footage came just days after another graphic video was shared with The Independent showing Israeli security forces in armoured bulldozers storming a Palestinian protest in the occupied West Bank, hurling concrete slabs at people. Amit Gilutz from Israeli rights group B’tslem, which verified the West Bank footage, called both videos “particularly gruesome”, adding that it reflects “longstanding Israeli policies in the Occupied Territories”. “Prohibiting demonstrations by using excessive, illegal force, and snatching bodies of Palestinians – all of which was sanctioned, even by the Israeli High Court,” he told The Independent. 24 /2/2020