Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Amnesty International

BC's article on the murder in Hebron never even intimated that it might not be an isolated incident, but actually be routine behaviour by Israeli military and police. Already six months ago Amnesty International had observed a trend:

Israeli forces in Occupied Palestinian Territories must end pattern of unlawful killings

27 October 2015, 18:50 UTC

Israeli forces have carried out a series of unlawful killings of Palestinians using intentional lethal force without justification, said Amnesty International today, based on the findings of an ongoing research trip to the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

The organization has 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 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. Since 1 October, Israeli forces have killed more than 30 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Israel either after stabbings were carried out or the Israeli authorities allege stabbing attacks were intended.

"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

Since then there have been dozen of other cases that were probably equally criminal and part of the same practice condoned and promoted by Israeli authorities.

I am currently located in Japan and I recall that at the end of WWII some Japanese soldiers were executed for the crime of killing prisoners in cold-blood. If there is any justice in the world, there are some Israeli soldiers and officers that deserve the same punishment.

But only 5% of Israelis consider the Hebron incident as a murder, and only 19% of Israelis disapprove of these kinds of executions of harmless Palestinians. The rest of the Israeli citizens fully endorse what must be seen by the rest of humanity as war crimes.

Unfortunately the list condoners and facilitators of war crimes includes CBC.

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