DISTURBING video footage has emerged of a 23-year old Palestinian man being shot in the back by an Israeli soldier as he lay helpless on the ground.
The video, shared online by activists from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) group, shows Mahdi Muhtasib as he lay wounded on the street close to the Salaymeh (160) checkpoint, by the Ibrahimi Mosque in the old city of al-Khalil (Hebron) three days ago.
The chilling video, made on a mobile phone, shows Mahdi lying on the street but still moving his arms and legs.
An Israeli soldier then steps forward and shoots him in the back at close range.
ISM volunteers said 23-year-old Mahdi, from Jabal Johar, was supposed to meet his fiancée later that day (Thursday 29 October 2015).
An Israeli army spokesman had told journalists that Mahdi stabbed and “lightly wounded” a soldier.
Mahdi Mohammad Ramadan al-Muhtasib worked in a sweet shop in the city.
His parents could not be reached for a statement, but PNN was told by ISM that he came from a large and loving family and leaves behind five brothers and two sisters.
Six other young Palestinian men and women have been shot dead by Israeli forces in the area in the last week alone. The oldest was 23 and the youngest just 17.
They were all accused of stabbing attacks or attempted stabbing attacks on soldiers.
A damning report by Amnesty International, published on 27th October, concluded: “Israeli forces have carried out a series of unlawful killings of Palestinians using intentional lethal force without justification”.
The charity also warned that “wilful killings of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention, over which all states can exercise universal jurisdiction.”