A Palestinian was fatally shot by the Israeli army at Beit Anoun junction to the east of Hebron, according to witnesses.
Following the funeral procession of Ra’ed Jaradat, 22, and Mahmoud Ghnemat, 20, both shot dead by the Israeli army last week, Palestinians rallied at the junction, located near Kiryat Arba, an illegal Israeli settlement on the outskirts of Hebron, provoking clashes with forces present there.
A Palestinian, whose identity remains unknown until the moment and according to witnesses was nowhere near the scene of the clashes, was shot and left to bleed to death by the Israeli army soldiers, who claimed the Palestinian ran toward them with a knife-wielding hand in an attempt to stab them.
The army prevented paramedics from administrating medical assistance to the Palestinian, leaving him to bleed on the ground before he succumbed to his critical wounds.
The killing of the aforementioned Palestinian brings the total number of Palestinians who were killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of unrest in early October, 2015, to 73.
Many Palestinians have been killed – since the beginning of violent unrest across the Palestinian territory and Israel – by the Israeli forces’ excessive use of lethal force against Palestinians suspected of carrying out alleged attacks against Israelis, a claim that was – in most cases – denied by witnesses present at the scene.
According to a report issued by various human rights organisations in Israel and published on B’Tselem website, an Israeli human rights center, “In instances when Jews have been suspected of attacks, none of the suspects has been shot.” Settlers’ recent spate of attacks against Palestinians, joined by Israel’s repeated assaults on al-Aqsa mosque compound, are many of the few reasons behind the current uprising of Palestinians.
“[Israeli] Politicians and senior police officers have not only failed to act to calm the public climate of incitement, but on the contrary have openly called for the extrajudicial killing of suspects, said B’Tselem.
“They have also urged civilians to carry weapons”; Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri was quoted as saying: “Anyone who stabs Jews or hurts innocent people is due to be killed.”
Meanwhile, Interior Security Minister Gilad Arden declared that “every terrorist should know that he will not survive the attack he is about to commit.” As for MK Yair Lapid, he stated that “you have to shoot to kill anyone who pulls out a knife or screwdriver.”
“No-one disputes the serious nature of the events of recent days, nor the need to protect the public against stabbing and other attacks. However, it seems that too often, instead of acting in a manner consistent with the nature of each incident, police officers and soldiers are quick to shoot to kill,” said the center.
“Rather than imposing collective punishment on Palestinians in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip, the Israeli government should act to end the reality of ongoing and daily oppression faced by some four million people who live without hope of any change in the situation, without any horizon for the end of occupation, and without prospects for a life of liberty and dignity.”
Meanwhile, Amnesty International said in a statement that, Israeli forces - using intentional lethal force without justification - must end the pattern of unlawful killings carried out against Palestinians.
Based on the findings of an ongoing research trip to the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the Organisation documented in depth at least four incidents in which Palestinians were deliberately shot dead by Israeli forces when they posed no imminent threat to life, in what it said, ‘appear to have been extrajudicial executions.’
In some cases, the person shot was left bleeding to death on the ground and was not given prompt medical assistance, in violation of the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment, said the center.
“A clear pattern has emerged of lethal force being used unlawfully by Israeli forces following a wave of recent stabbing attacks by Palestinians against Israeli civilians and military or police forces in Israel and the occupied West Bank,” said Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International.
“Intentional lethal force should only be used when absolutely necessary to protect life. Instead we are increasingly seeing Israeli forces recklessly flouting international standards by shooting to kill in situations where it is completely unjustified.”
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