Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Teenager

Israeli soldiers in the West Bank fatally shot a 17-year-old Palestinian boy on Tuesday. It is just the latest instance of routine violence against Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.

Otto Fors

January 27, 2021
Facebook Twitter Share

Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian teenager on Tuesday in the occupied West Bank. Atallah Rayyan, just 17 years old, had been on his way to see his father in Nablus in the northern West Bank, but was fatally shot by occupation forces at a military outpost near the Israeli settlement of Ariel. This is yet another instance of the routine violence against Palestinians living under Israeli occupation from which not even children are spared. 

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) released a statement on Tuesday saying that Rayyan had tried to stab two Israeli soldiers, and that he was shot by a commander when he attempted to wrestle down and attack a female soldier. However, there is no evidence to corroborate these events; the incident was not filmed or photographed, and the one video that does exist only shows one of the soldiers from behind. 

In fact, the IDF routinely lies to cover up the crimes of its soldiers. Military spokespeople have on many occasions blatantly lied even in the face of damning evidence that occupation forces were directly responsible for grievous injuries or even death. For example, in October, 17-year-old Amer Snobar was asphyxiated and violently beaten to death by IDF soldiers. The military claimed that Snobar died from a fall. In 2017, 15-year-old Mohammed Tamimi — brother of Ahed Tamimi — narrowly survived being shot in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet. The IDF’s explanation? He fell off his bike and hit his head on the handlebar. 

The murder of Atallah Rayyan is just the most recent case of the IDF’s unending violence against and oppression of Palestinians, and its disproportionate force directed towards children and teenagers. These crimes against Palestinians cannot be ignored, but President Joe Biden’s announcement that the United States will keep its embassy in Jerusalem shows that this imperialist oppression will likely continue to be condoned. As socialists, we must be anti-imperialists, demand Palestinians’ right to self-determination, and fight to end the brutal occupation of Palestinian territories. 

Facebook Twitter Share

Otto Fors

Otto is a college professor in the New York area.

Middle East-Africa

Women in Gaza: “Sleep Is a Luxury We Cannot Afford”

November 25 is the International Day Against Gender-Based Violence and organizations and activists from diverse countries around the world are calling to mobilize for a Global Feminist Action for Palestine.

Andrea D'Atri

November 25, 2023

Palestinian Self-Determination and the Fight for Socialism

In this article, we discuss four different strategies for fighting for Palestinian Self-Determination and why we must fight for a workers' and socialist Palestine.

Josefina L. Martínez

November 24, 2023
A man stands in the wreckage of a home in the West Bank.

Dispatches from the West Bank

While Gaza faces bombardment, violence in the West Bank has also been escalating with little media attention. A Palestinian nurse from Nablus sends his dispatches from the West Bank chronicling the increasing targeting of and violence on Palestinians in this region.

Means and Ends: A Debate on the Left over Hamas’s Strategy

Support for the self-determination of the Palestinian people does not mean the revolutionary Left should refrain from criticizing the program, strategy, and methods of Hamas.

Matías Maiello

November 14, 2023


All That's Left, the podcast from Left Voice.

#AllThatsLeftPod: What the Historic UAW Victory Means for the Working Class

In this episode of the podcast, we discuss the historic UAW victory, its shortcomings, and the tasks for the future.

Left Voice

December 5, 2023

The New Hollywood McCarthyism Emerging Around Palestine

Over the past week, a new Hollywood McCarthyism has emerged: multiple people in Hollywood have jobs and representation over their support of Palestine. We must denounce and fight these attacks which weaken the movement and scare supporters into silence.

Sybil Davis

December 3, 2023
A UAW sign is held next to a "Free Palestine" sign

The UAW Has Called for a Ceasefire. It’s Time for All of Labor to Stand Up.

The UAW International union has joined calls for a ceasefire and is exploring how to divest from Israel. This is a step which should inspire union activists to take up the fight to bring their union into the fight against Israel's attack on Gaza and the struggle against imperialism.

Rose Lemlich

December 2, 2023

Robert Habeck Wrote a Play Praising a Right-Wing Mass Murderer

Germany's Green vice chancellor strikes many as an idealist who has been struggling with the tough realities of government. Yet before he was a national politician, he wrote a play that opens a window into a dark soul.

Nathaniel Flakin

December 1, 2023