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Update: Jail Time For Israeli Sniper Who Bragged About Shooting Children

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Jail Time For Israeli Sniper Who Bragged About Shooting Children

(Counter Current News)

It’s been several days since we first screen captured the Instagram account of Israel Defense Forces sniper David D. Ovadia, and his cached comments on the account of Palestinian Sherrii ElKaderi.

Many dozens of news sites tripped over themselves to copy and paste our report, even without having access to the sources that brought it to us. Free of the burden of citation, they noted the details we had relayed publicly, but when pressed, they could not elaborate. This led to many to suspect that the post from Ovadia was a hoax, that he had never in fact posted such comments.

For her part, ElKaderi has tirelessly confirmed the post by the IDF soldier, even who boasted of murdering 13 Gazan children in one day. An IDF Combat Engineering Corps Soldier, specifically, Ovadia posed with a Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle, taunting the Palestinian ElKaderi with the now famous screen captured post. 

As we said from the beginning, it was unclear and perhaps unlikely that the Barrett was used in the commission of such crimes, as this weapon is usually reserved for the best of the best marksmen. But Ovadia’s posting of himself with the .50 caliber rifle was obviously meant to be visually intimidating to Palestinians.

As Israeli, Iranian, European and pretty much everyone but U.S. media outlets (save the International Business Times), took our report seriously, the IDF began doing an investigation of their own. Ovadia’s initial plea was that his account had been “hacked”, a claim which many proponents of the IDF incursion into Gaza quickly jumped on, as we had reported the “hacktivist” group  ”Anonymous” took control of his Instagram account, deleting it entirely after our report first broke.

Ovadia thought that would be the end of it. Within hours, armies of self-described “debunkers” flooded social media, claiming that this was a “hoax”. But the IDF investigators still smelled something funny about Ovadia’s professions of innocence. They pressed on with their questioning, only to catch him in a number of lies. Finally, Ovadia confessed to having made the post, and quickly deleting it once it was clear he was going to get in trouble for his hateful comments.

Now, the IDF has announced that Ovadia is being sentenced to 30 days in jail. They assert that he did not actually shoot 13 children, but was instead using the claim to harass and terrorize Palestinians on social media. As we suspected, Ovadia has not even qualified for the .50 caliber rifle, but had posed with it to look intimidating.

Before finally confessing, Ovadia’s hateful claims of proudly carrying out war crimes led to Anonymous hacking the websites of the Mossad intelligence agency in Israel “for the brave IDF Sniper”, in reference to Ovadia, and following up by taking down the Israeli Ministry of Defense as well, similarly attributing attack to Ovadia’s online claims.

Meanwhile, there are still people who believe they are “debunking” this story, which is now headline news in Israel. On the contrary, however, this story has been investigated, confirmed, and led to Ovadia doing some (though not enough) jail time.

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  • HSkol

    We’re good. Life is busy all around. One small request: Please don’t call me wise, for I truly am not – I’m simply a man trying to make his way through the world until my dying day, all the while treating others and myself well, making certain that my family is sheltered and fed, hoping that we can all simply live well without too much conflict (though conflict is and always be inevitable, of course).

  • El Cid

    “Perhaps it should not be right that I fear for others, but I do.”

    …that my wise friend is the most human of all fears. Not of personal extinguishment which all must experience. No one gets out of here alive.

    Without this fundamental survival instinct, a fear for the safety of others beyond ones own self, Homo sapiens sapiens would end as a species. Only the maternal instinct is stronger…without which all mammalian species would end…many others too.

    I am very sorry for the delayed response. Please accept my apologies. I wanted to respond earlier, know your views about the most fundamental of human attributes, thought, wonder and concerns…discuss them at length but am up to my ears in commitments.

    Perhaps later. Will look forward to it.
    You have a nice day, sir.

  • HSkol

    “Is there any thing that can put fear in an Atheist…except perhaps the approaching dark of the Abyss?”

    Honestly, I myself fear very little for myself. The Abyss? I do not even concern myself with the Abyss, which inevitably awaits me – it will find me – nothing more, nothing less. My DNA has been passed on by me to my children – my immortality, though temporally uncertain, my immortality nonetheless.

    I fear for others – and, especially so that they might not find their own resolve. If one might not find joy in life, how might one find joy after life, how might one find joy at all? Perhaps it should not be right that I fear for others, but I do.

  • Mifeng86

    So he’s basically Adam Lanza sans mental illness. I hope they throw the book at this sociopathic skidmark of a human being.

  • HSkol

    My simple reply to your ever in-depth and thoughtful reply: I had thought my reply to you expressing my simplicity was likely enough our walk itself. I say this as I do not recall hearing further from you. Friends are great at discouraging friends from this-or-that of course; however, I tend to hear and take advice rather than to automatically follow advice. I don’t wish to clog up a message thread on LW, but I’m happy to speak with you.

  • HSkol

    No problem with letting you know. Oops on the “he” versus “she” thing. I’ll follow if only because I’m curious.

  • HSkol

    You want me to follow him? I will as @HerrSkolly.

  • HSkol

    Yes. Here’s my prior post:

    I seem to have acquired a new follower on my newly made HSkol (@HerrSkolly) Twitter account. @amalJman seems rather anti-LW. Just wondering if you know about his Twitter presence. I’m replying to you on an old post assuming that no one will visit here soon. Just thought I’d mention this to you. He mentioned you by your deleted Twitter account name (in his bio, I think). Feel free to delete this post at will. Just a curiosity on my part, or maybe a heads-up to you.

    Again, delete at will – please – or, I’ll override. WTF?

  • HSkol

    I seem to have acquired a new follower on my newly made HSkol (@HerrSkolly) Twitter account. @amalJman seems rather anti-LW. Just wondering if you know about his Twitter presence. I’m replying to you on an old post assuming that no one will visit here soon. Just thought I’d mention this to you. He mentioned you by your deleted Twitter account name (in his bio, I think). Feel free to delete this post at will. Just a curiosity on my part.

  • Sam Seed

    Ken Loach calls for cultural boycott of Israel

    The British film-maker wants an ‘absolute boycott of all the cultural happenings supported by the Israeli state’ and has labelled the US a ‘bully’ at the Sarajevo film festival.

    http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/aug/25/ken-loach-calls-for-cultural-boycott-of-israel

  • Jekyll

    I run like a gazelle, of utter elegance and dashing handsomeness. No lion catches me with my quick turns and superb trance. You, be a ass in every which way.

  • Sam Seed

    Peace I like!

  • El Cid

    “…digs at us”

    Us?
    And if there is any digging going than it is not by me.

    No I don’t hate anyone…least of all the virtual/cyber/ artificial/artifacts /animates.

    Your faith, belief system, or a lack thereof; your being “a Muslim or not” is not my business. Not my concern. Not one little bit.

    Now if your are a liar inadvertently or by habit, or imply what you are not…that goes into my assessment of you. As it should. No more, or less.

    Overall I can sense hostility, specially when it is laid on so thick. Be at peace. I am not your enemy.

    Again: Peace be with you.

  • Omar_the_Egyptian

    lulz this guys voice and movements are hilarious.

  • Sam Seed

    Best shot? What do you think this is, a slinging match?

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