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Palestinian/ Israeli update11/26/2015.. a de facto death sentence

Thursday, November 26, 2015 17:34
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The human rights group B’Tselem excoriated Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, stating that he is responsible for “the transformation of police officers, and even of armed civilians, into judges and executioners” who slay Palestinians suspected of armed attacks in the streets.

“Your silence in the face of Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan’s saying that ‘every terrorist should know that he will not survive the attack he is about to perpetrate’ is tantamount to consent to this unlawful policy,” B’Tselem said, addressing the Israeli prime minister.

The Israeli rights group said the policy amounts to a de facto death sentence, even though capital punishment is banned in the country.

This apparent shoot-to-kill policy left three children dead this week, Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI) stated on Tuesday.

At least 94 Palestinians have been killed in a surge of violence since 1 October, and 19 Israelis were slain during the same period.

DCI has confirmed that 19 of the Palestinian fatalities were children, all but four of them killed while allegedly carrying out stabbing attacks on Israelis.

Videos and eyewitness accounts, however, cast doubt on whether some of these children were engaged in attacks, and point to reflexive use of deadly force when children could easily be apprehended and posed no immediate risk to anyone’s life.

Girl summarily executed

Security video footage shows the apparent summary execution of Hadil Wajih Awwad, 13, and the shooting of her cousin, Nurhan Ibrahim Awwad, 16, at Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market on Monday.

The 30-second video shows one of the girls running towards a man who appears to be holding a gun. The girl, holding what was reported to be a pair of scissors in her hands, lunges towards the man three times.

Each time the girl nears him, she halts, and the man is able to back away from her. The video does not show her ever making physical contact with him.

The man appears to fire at her as she is running away from him and a second armed man appears and repeatedly shoots at the girl, who falls to the ground.

The second man shoots at the second girl, seen lunging at the air, several feet away from anyone else. At the same time, a third man carrying a chair runs towards the second girl, knocking her to the ground, where she remains for a few seconds. Then the second man runs up to her and shoots her at point-blank range.

A fourth man runs up and shoots one of the girls as she lies motionless, face down on the ground.

The video shows no effort to arrest the girls, who appear to only posture rather than earnestly attempt to injure anyone.

Media reported that a 70-year-old Palestinian from the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem was injured in the alleged attack but the video does not show either of the girls making contact with anyone in the moments before they were shot.

Instead of being disarmed and taken into custody, the girls were knocked to the ground and shot at close range.

Hadil died at the scene, and Nurhan was seriously wounded and remains in critical condition, DCI stated on Tuesday.

It was reported that Hadil is the sister of Mahmoud Awwad, who died in November 2013 from injuries he sustained nine months earlier when he was shot in the back of the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet near the Qalandiya military checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah.

DCI said that it is also investigating the slaying of Alaa Khalil Hashash, 16, who was shot after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli soldier at the Huwwara military checkpoint near the northern West Bank city of Nablus on Monday.

Run over by settler, shot dead by soldiers

A day earlier, another Palestinian child, 16-year-old Ashraqat Taha Qatnani, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers near Huwwara checkpoint after Gershon Mesika, a Jewish settler, ran his car into her.

“According to Israeli authorities, she was allegedly attempting to stab other settlers nearby,” DCI stated. “A witness told DCI that he saw the girl chase after three teenaged settlers before the car hit her.”

Mesika, the former head of the regional council for the northern West Bank settlements and guest of the European Parliament, stated in a video account translated by B’Tselem: “I didn’t stop to think, I hit the gas and rammed into her, she fell down and then the soldiers came and continued shooting and neutralized her completely.”

B’Tselem stated that “Mesika’s account clearly indicates that the soldiers shot Qatnani after she had already been hit by the car and was lying on the ground, posing no danger to anyone.”…keep reading here


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