An Israeli Court in Lod acquitted Tuesday an Israeli soldier who shot and killed a Palestinian child during a nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall in Niâ€™lin village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, in July 2008.The soldier admitted to firing two rounds of live ammunition at the child, 10-year-old Ahmad Mousa, leading to his death.
During his court testimony, the soldier said that â€śnot firing back at those who hurl stones at the army is considered weakness; therefore, I opened fireâ€ť.
The Judge claimed that â€śit was not proven that the bullets fired by the soldier led to the death of the childâ€ť, despite the fact that she acknowledged that the soldier opened fire using live ammunition while his life was not in danger.
The soldier, identified as Omri Abu, stated that he was in a bulletproof vehicle, but added that â€śthese vehicles protect you to a certain level, and sometimes become useless when the hood is damaged, and the windshield is brokenâ€ť.
According to Israeli daily, Haaretz, as the unit arrived at the scene, Palestinian youths started hurling stones at the armored jeep, and Abu immediately opened the jeepâ€™s door and fired two rounds of live ammunition, hitting the child in the forehead causing instant death.