Killing of Palestinian medic, ‘reckless at best, and possibly a war crime’

A relative mourns during the funeral of Palestinian nurse Razan Al-Najar, who according to health officials and a witness was killed by Israeli forces as she tried to help a wounded protester at the Gaza border, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip June 2, 2018.. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)

The death of Razan Najjar, a Palestinian medic shot by IDF fire in June, has been regarded as intentional and unquestionably reckless shooting, which could possibly be regarded as a war crime, according to a New York Times investigation.

According to the investigation, Najjar was killed by an Israeli sniper, leaving no question as to whether it was done purposefully, nor did she pose a threat to the forces or offer herself as human shield, as the IDF claimed.

A video released by the IDF in June appears to show Razan Najjar throwing a smoke grenade into an open area and announcing that she is offering herself as a human shield, which the New York Times called “a tendentiously edited video.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.