A picture and its story: A boy injured in clashes in Gaza | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

A picture and its story: A boy injured in clashes in Gaza

More than two weeks after a projectile struck Mohammad An-Najjar’s right eye during a Gaza border protest, the 12-year-old boy has only just learnt that he will never see through it again.

Lamia Abu Harb said that Palestinian medics told her that her son may need a glass eye.

The doctor who treated Najjar told Reuters that his retina was damaged beyond repair in the Jan. 11 incident, the aftermath of which was captured on camera by Reuters photographer Ibraheem Abu Mustafa.

As the clashes between Gaza protesters and Israeli troops intensified, Palestinians said Israeli soldiers fired towards protesters, who hurled stones at them and rolled burning tires at the border fence.

Switching between lenses for distance shots and close-ups, Abu Mustafa began taking images. Some protesters covered their faces with T-shirts to protect against tear gas as some others ran away.

The first he knew that something happened was when people began shouting “An injury, an injury,” the photographer recalls.

“I continued to shoot pictures. A man was carrying a boy in his arms, and blood was coming from the boy’s eye as he screamed,” he said.

“Some images can still shock me,” he added.

“I even muttered to myself as I continued to shoot, I said: ‘The boy lost an eye, he lost his eye’.”

The injured boy was Najjar. He said he was standing near the border fence when he was suddenly surrounded by tear gas.

“I just wanted to turn around and run when something hit my eye, it was hard and painful,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Until a global BDS movement gets its legs, children like Najjar are going to continue to risk violence and death.

I would imagine that the IDF soldier who shot him, is cursing himself (or herself) for not aiming that shot lower....lower enough to have stopped the kid's heart.

And I would like to remind Israel's Knesset of the late President Kennedy's cogent, and almost prophetic, observation: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."