Yaser Murtaja, a 31 year old journalist was martyred when “Israeli” soldiers fired upon a group Palestinian demonstrators participating in the Great March of Return – a series of peaceful protests which started on Land Day (30 March) that will continue through Nakba Day on the 30th of May.
Yaser Murtaja was covering the protests wearing a hi-visibility bullet proof vest with the words ‘PRESS’ written on the front, but nevertheless, the live rounds fired at the demonstrators by regime forces pierced his abdomen, leading to his death in a Palestinian hospital.
The young journalist is among the 19 dead who have thus far been martyred by an aggressive campaign to crush Palestinians protesting for the right to return to their stolen land that has led to outrage throughout the world. Even the European Union has called for a thorough investigation into the regime’s aggression towards unarmed youths, while the United States acted unilaterally to block a United Nations investigation into “Israel’s” crimes that all other Security Council members supported, including Russia and China.
While shooting at unarmed protesters is a high crime, shooting at a journalist covering important events is a crime upon a crime. It is well known that the “Israeli” regime is eager to conceal its crimes against Palestine, but in an age of 24 hour news and social media, this is becoming increasingly difficult.
The ugly face of the regime that for years was hidden by carefully scripted “reportage” is now being laid bear for the entire world to see. Yaser Murtaja is one of the reasons that the crimes of the regime have been exposed. He paid the ultimately price for his integrity.