Rights group urges probe into Israeli police improper conduct
The Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem, has called for an investigation into Tel Aviv’s police conduct in the case of a Palestinian man, who was threatened with arrest while reporting death threats against himself.
Back in March, Imad Abushamsiya, a Palestinian volunteer with B’Tselem, recorded the summary execution of an unarmed Palestinian who had already been wounded by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil, aka Hebron, for an alleged stabbing attack.
Abushamsiya’s footage showed Israeli soldiers and paramedics bustling around Abdel Fattah al-Sharif as he laid motionless on the ground, before Sergeant Elor Azaria shouted “stand back!” and fatally shot the Palestinian victim in the head at close range.
The video sparked widespread international condemnation. The Israeli soldier is also on trial for manslaughter.
Recently, Abushamsiya told The Independent that he had received death threats from Israeli settlers. He said that posters were distributed calling for his death, adding, “I live only 100 meters from the settlers and I am scared for me and my family’s safety.”
Late last month, he decided to lodge a complaint with Israeli police over the threats.
However, after several days of going to the Hebron police station, “When Mr. Abushamsiya tried to explain the matter to him, the officer told him to leave, and even threatened to arrest him if he did not,” B’Tselem said.
Gaby Lasky, the lawyer representing B’Tselem, said the group has sent police a letter on behalf of the Palestinian man demanding that officials launch an investigation into Abushamsiya’s complaint and “properly address the death threats he has received.”
“There is no need to elaborate on the egregious conduct of the police, which has obstinately refused to fulfill its fundamental duty and admit my client’s urgent complaint using a variety of different excuses, and has treated my client with brazen disrespect, seriously violating his dignity,” the letter read.
The occupied territories have witnessed new tensions ever since Israeli forces introduced restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds in August 2015.
Just like Stalin’s Bolshevik Jews Pushed Kill, Kill, Kill of Innocent Germans, Satanic Israeli Rabbis Push Israeli Soldiers to Kill, Kill, Kill Palestinians Right On The Spot
On Thursday, a video was released showing an Israeli soldier shooting an injured Palestinian on the ground. Palestinians say the extrajudicial killing is triggered by the recent remarks of Israeli rabbis that encouraged Israeli soldiers to shoot Palestinians right on the spot. Press TV correspondent Mona Kandil has this report.
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The contentious topic of how to react to armed Palestinians on Israeli territory has taken a new twist, as the country’s chief Sephardic rabbi called to ignore warnings by the Army not to overreact, and instead kill anyone they believe poses a threat.
“If someone comes to kill you, you kill him first. Don’t start being afraid with all kinds of accusations that they’ll make about him later in the High Court of Justice, or that some chief of staff will come and say something different.. . It deters them too,” Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef was cited as saying by Israeli media.
“The moment a terrorist knows that if he comes with a knife he won’t return alive, that will deter them. That’s why it’s a mitzvah to kill him.”
Shocking footage has emerged online apparently showing an Israeli soldier executing a wounded Palestinian lying on the ground. The victim had reportedly been injured before being cold-bloodedly shot in the head.
An Israeli soldier was arrested on Thursday after a rights group published clear video images of him shooting a wounded, immobilized Palestinian suspect in the head following a knife attack in the West Bank city of Hebron earlier in the day.
As the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports, the video was recorded just after another soldier was stabbed and moderately wounded at a checkpoint in the Tel Rumeida area of Hebron’s Old City, and two Palestinian suspects were killed, including the one who was shot in the video.According to Ma’an News Agency in Bethlehem, the dead men were identified by the Palestinian health ministry as Ramzi Aziz al-Qasrawi, 21, and Abed al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif, 21.In a statement accompanying the video, B’Tselem explains that the video recorded by ‘Emad abu-Shamsiyah, a Hebron resident, shows al-Sharif lying on the road injured, with none of the soldiers or medics present giving him first aid or paying him any attention at all.”About 18 seconds into the clip, al-Sharif can be seen clearly moving his head as he lies sprawled on his back. 90 seconds later, an Israeli soldier cocks his rifle, steps forward and fires a single shot at the wounded man from point-blank range. Moments later, a clear trail of blood can be seen streaming from the man’s head across the pavement.
Several Palestinian and Israeli observers were struck by the fact that no one around the soldier who fired the shot seemed to treat the incident as unusual — suggesting that such extrajudicial killings of suspected attackers have now become “routine,” as critics have charged.
Asked to comment on the video evidence, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces, confirmed in an email to The Intercept that the army took it to be genuine. “The IDF views this incident as a grave breach of IDF values, conduct and standards of military operations,” he wrote. “A Military Police investigation has commenced and the soldier involved has been detained. All of the soldiers involved will be investigated as will the orders given.”
Similarly graphic still images and a second video posted online suggested that the other suspect, al-Qasrawi, was also shot in the head.
Ayman Odeh, the leader of the Joint List of predominantly Arab parties in Israel’s parliament, wrote on Twitter: “Israel has turned in recent months into a place in which executions are carried out in public with the encouragement of cheering mobs.”
B’Tselem, which has repeatedly raised the alarm about the shooting of wounded suspects, said that the authorities were to blame for excusing previous incidents that were less clearly documented. “Extrajudicial street killings are the direct consequence of inflammatory remarks made by Israeli ministers and officials, augmented by the general public atmosphere of dehumanization,” the group wrote.
The rights group, and another called Breaking the Silence, which documents the excessive use of force by Israel’s military in the occupied territories, has been heavily criticized in recent months by officials and Israeli nationalists for supposedly undermining the state by pointing out abuses.
In the aftermath of Thursday’s incident, the Haaretz correspondent Barak Ravid observed that this unfiltered view of what goes on in areas of the West Bank controlled by Israel’s military made it quite clear why such groups were needed.
As another Israeli journalist, Mairav Zonszein, noted, before video of the shooting came to light on Thursday, prominent settlers in Hebron were photographed mocking activists from Breaking the Silence by dressing like them for the Jewish holiday of Purim.
Absolutely horrifying. People around the executioner simply carry on, as if they didn’t just witness a murder https://t.co/kLNjjKK750
Israeli soldiers are in Hebron in large numbers to protect several hundred Jewish settlers who live in the center of the city of nearly 200,000 Palestinians. Last week, the Israeli columnist Gideon Levy suggested that American legislators who support Israel’s occupation of the West Bank should visit the city to see the appalling circumstances imposed on its Palestinian majority. “I’ve never met an honest human being who went to Hebron and didn’t come back shocked,” he said.