Israel's military on Tuesday confirmed the authenticity of a video that has spread widely showing a soldier shoot a Palestinian along the Gaza Strip border, but alleged it followed riots and warnings from troops.
He said the journalist had been paid by Hamas since 2011 and had used a drone to collect information on Israeli forces along the border.
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As Common Dreams reported, the prominent Jerusalem-based human rights group B'Tselem argued ahead of last week's protests that Israeli soldiers are "duty-bound to refuse to comply" with "patently illegal" orders to shoot unarmed civilians.
Rushdi Al-Serraj, director at Ain Media and co-founder with Murtaja, said Lieberman's statements were "ridiculous comments that are not worth responding to".
Yasser Murtaja, the Palestinian journalist who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers during protests along the Gaza border on Friday, was actually a Hamas activist, security officials told Israeli news site Walla!.
The Gazans say they are exercising their legitimate right to demonstrate against Israel's 11-year blockade of the isolated and impoverished coastal enclave.
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The searches were authorized by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the special counsel's investigation. Cohen says the raid was "upsetting to say the least" and he would be "lying" if he said he wasn't anxious .
The killing of Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja by an Israeli sniper, with what the head of Reporters Without Borders called "an intentional shot", understandably got worldwide headlines.
Israel has said it has the right to defend its sovereign border, amid mounting global expressions of concern about the escalation of the past 10 days.
Israel says it opens fire when necessary to stop damage to the border fence, infiltrations and attempted attacks.
"The incident will be carefully examined", the army said in a Tuesday statement. According to Zahalka, the public defending and praising for the actions shown in the video by Israeli ministers and politicians promote such behavior.
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The interesting thing from this response, if true, shows that the Israeli military shoots at unarmed protesters and only cares to "investigate" such incidents several months later when embarrassing video surfaces.
"As for the unauthorised filming of an operational event, the distribution of the filmed material and the statements made there, it should be noted that these do not suit the degree of restraint expected of [Israeli] soldiers and will be dealt by commanders accordingly", it said.
After gunning down an unarmed Palestinian youth, the soldiers can be heard cheering and congratulating each other. Last week, officials estimated there were some 30,000 Gazans participating.
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