Proving that it does not exclusively target journalists and that accusations of inequality and discrimination are unfounded, Israel confirmed carrying out the killing of Palestinian paramedic Razan Najar during the recent unrest in Gaza.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated that the paramedic equipment used by Razan was a far greater danger to Israeli security than the tools and methods employed by journalists. “The reporters covering the events took photos and wrote a few condemning words, which at best slightly reduced the international community’s support for us.”
“Razan posed a more urgent threat,” he added. “Not only did she tend to the wounded, but she healed them, enabling them to stay alive and rejoin the resistance in direct violation of our operational aims. Because of her actions, we had to shoot them again, providing the journalists with even more news to cover.”
Besides the obvious security threat, Avigdor also pointed to the more elusory economic consequences of Razan’s actions. “The amount of bullets shot in vain because of the efforts of these volunteers to heal the wounded… It is as if they don’t appreciate the exorbitant amount of money we spend on our ammunition, money that was originally budgeted to improve and expand israeli settlements.”
Israeli expert Shlomono Deberman remarked that before leveling accusations at Israel for Razan’s death, one has to consider blaming whoever let her out of the house. “A Palestinian woman is to leave her house only in two cases: when she is married and when she is buried. And since she wasn’t out to celebrate her wedding, she should have been kept inside her house that day, silently watching the clashes on TV like the rest of the world.”