A recent report, published by Haaretzâs Amira Hass, claimsÂ that aÂ large number of Palestinians are being targeted with live fireÂ around the knee by soldiers, perhapsÂ leaving them disabled for life, and reminds of the many others who have been injured in a similar way, during earlier raids.
The report describes the suffering of wounded youth, inÂ the moment of getting shot or just following, as well as the physical suffering inflicted byÂ shattered bones and âluckyâ hits in the muscle, in several locationsÂ across the West Bank, including Deheisheh refugee camp and Al-Fawwar.
There are stories circulating through the camps that, during questioning, over the phone, or during nightly visits to houses in the area, Israeli officer Captain Nidal tells young people that there will be no martyrs but âall of you will end up on crutches.â Or, in another variation, âWeâll make you all disabled.â
In Hebron and Deheisheh, committees have been set up to care forÂ the wounded. In many places, thereâs a growing realization that the army is intensifying its use of live fire in confrontations with unarmed stone-throwers, and that the wounds inflicted are deliberately more severe.
It is said that there must be more than 100 people across the West Bank, including many minors, who have been crippled by the Israeli army over the last year. But, there is still no exchange of information or collation of data to confirm the seeming trend, according to the PNN.