Two years ago, on November 11, 2019, 22-year-old Omar Badawi stepped out of his house in the Al-Arroub refugee camp in the southern West Bank. He wanted to douse a small fire outside, which had been ignited by a Molotov cocktail that teenagers threw at soldiers who invaded the camp, and that had missed its mark. Badawi went out with a towel, to extinguish the flames licking at the wall of his house. That was the mistake of his life. The instant he stepped outside, soldiers deployed in a nearby alley shot and killed him. Maybe they thought the towel posed a mortal threat; after all, they thought it justified lethal gunfire aimed at an innocent civilian. The sequence of events – Badawi’s emergence from the house, the towel, the shooting – was captured on video footage by journalists on the scene. It’s a grim spectacle, but unequivocal in what it shows.
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