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Razan Al-Najjar: a white coat stained with blood

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After the representatives of Western democracies issued successive statements asserting “Israel’s right to defend itself”, the Israeli army wasted no time in exercising this “right” in its own way. It killed a Palestinian paramedic wearing her white coat while she was busy tending to the wounded.

What threat did this petite young woman pose to the most powerful army in the Middle East? The truth of the matter is that the practical translation of Israel’s right to defend itself is a license to kill or justify it. In the name of such defence, the Israeli army has been committing atrocities against civilians for decades. The world witnessed this again during the bloodshed rampage carried out by Israeli forces on 14 May 2018 against helpless protesters on the outskirts of the Gaza Strip.

The 21-year-old paramedic Razan Al-Najjar became a symbol of resistance when her name was announced as a victim on Friday, 1 June. She is a well-known figure in the humanitarian field and has made numerous press statements about the health of unarmed individuals who fell victim to the Israeli gunfire during the Great Return marches.

This energetic young woman volunteered to give medical attention to demonstrators who were shot by Israeli soldiers, and then she was shot by the........

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