Follow-up: Military Police and MAG Corps investigations of civilian Palestinian fatalities in West Bank since new policy imposed

Published: 
30 Apr 2013
Updated: 
18 Mar 2014

In April 2011 the State Attorney’s Office notified the High Court of Justice of a change to the military’s investigative policy. According to the new policy, the Military Advocate General Corps would instruct the Military Police to launch an investigation in every case in which a Palestinian not taking part in the hostilities was killed in the West Bank.

Below is a list of incidents in which Palestinian civilians were killed by the military since the new policy was announced. Each incident is accompanied by a current status report of the investigation, based on official information received by B’Tselem.

2011


13 July 2011 - Ibrahim 'Omar Muhammad Sarhan

21 years old, of al-Far’ah Refugee Camp, Tubas District. Killed at al-Far’ah Refugee Camp when shot by soldiers conducting an arrest operation. The soldiers, who chanced upon Sarhan on the street, ordered him to stop and shot him when he did not comply. A Military Police investigation was opened on 13 July 2011.

On 6 February 2013, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been closed without an indictment. On 22 July 2013 B'Tselem appealed the decision to close the case without an indictment.

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1 August 2011 - Mu'atasem 'Issa 'Othman 'Adwan and ‘Ali Hassan 'Abed Khalifah

‘Adwan, 22, and Khalifah, 25, both residents of Qalandiya Refugee Camp, al-Quds District were killed at Qalandiya Refugee Camp when shot at by soldiers concluding an arrest operation, as they stood in a group of youths throwing stones at the soldiers.

On 4 August 2011, B’Tselem was informed that a Military Police investigation had been opened. On 6 February 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been returned to the Military Police to complete investigation of additional matters. On 17 February 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the Military Police had not yet completed its additional investigation.

23 September 2011 – ‘Issam Kamal 'Abed Badran

37 years old, of Qusrah, Nablus District. Killed near Qusrah when soldiers fired during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces: villagers threw stones at the soldiers and their response included firing live ammunition. The clashes were a result of settlers entering Palestinian-owned land in the southern part of the village. On 24 October 2011,

On 24 October 2013 B’Tselem was informed that a Military Police investigation had been launched. On 13 May 2013, the MAG Corps informed B'Tselem that on 5 February 2013 the case had been closed without filing an indictment..

9 December 2011 - Mustafa 'Abd a-Razaq Mustafa a-Tamimi

28 years old, of a-Nabi Saleh, Ramallah District. Wounded on 9 December 2011 during the weekly demonstration at a-Nabi Saleh, when hit in the head by a tear-gas canister while throwing stones at an armored military jeep. Died on 10 December 2011.

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On 11 December 2011 B’Tselem was informed that a Military Police investigation had been opened. On 6 February 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been returned to the Military Police to complete investigation of certain additional matters. On 5 December 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been closed because the gunfire that had killed a-Tamimi “was carried out in accordance with the relevant rules and regulations, and did not involve any wrongdoing.”

2012

24 February 2012 - Tal'at 'Abd a-Rahman Ziad Ramyeh

25 years old, of a-Ram, al-Quds District. Killed at the northeast entrance to a-Ram when shot at by soldiers during clashes between soldiers and demonstrators, after he had cast firecrackers at the soldiers.

Investigation status: A Military Police investigation was opened on 24 February 2012. On 6 February 2013, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for reviewOn 13 May 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case is still awaiting review.

 

8 March 2012 - Zakaria Jamal Muhammad Abu 'Arram

16 years old, of Yatta, Hebron District. Killed in Yatta when a soldier who had been stabbed in the throat opened fire at a group of youths fleeing the scene; Zakaria Abu 'Arram was killed and the stabber was wounded.

Investigation status: On 7 May 2012 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the incident had been classified as “actual combat activity”. Therefore, even in accordance with the new investigative policy as of April 2011, a Military Police investigation would not be immediately launched. On 14 November 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that an investigation would not be launched and that the “case was closed after getting the position of the the military sources, which indicates that the two Palestinians attacked and stabbed an IDF soldier the throat, in the course of an operation for apprehending a wanted individual. The soldier who was stabbed fired at the assailants and as a result of the shooting one was killed and the other seriously injured. In view of the above, a decision was made to discontinue handling of the case.” 

27 March 2012 - Rashad Dhib Hassan Shawakhah

27 years old, of the village of Rammun, Ramallah District. Wounded in Rammun on 27 March 2012 when shot by soldiers in civilian clothing and uniformed soldiers: Two soldiers in civilian clothes approached Shawakhah’s house in the middle of the night. He and his two brothers, believing the men to be burglars, went out to meet them, armed with a knife and a club. The soldiers did not identify themselves and first shot one of his brothers. When the brothers responded by trying to attack the soldiers, the soldiers shot Rashad and the other brother as well. Uniformed soldiers who arrived on the scene shot him again as he lay wounded on the ground. He died of his injuries six days later, on 2 April 2012.

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A Military Police investigation was launched on 24 April 2012. On 5 January 2014, the MAG Corps informed B'Tselem that the case was still under investigation. On 17 February 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to the MPIU to complete investigation of additional matters.

17 November 2012 - Rushdi Mahmoud Hassan a-Tamimi

30 years old, of a-Nabi Saleh, Ramallah district. Wounded on 17 November 2012 at the village of a-Nabi Saleh when soldiers opened fire during a demonstration in which youths threw stones at the soldiers. He died of his injuries two days later, on 19 November 2012.

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Investigation status: On 5 December 2012 B’Tselem was informed that a Military Police investigation had been opened. On 23 April 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the investigation had been completed and that the material had been sent to a military prosecutor for reviewOn 3 October 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent for further investigation. On 14 November 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the Military Police had not yet completed its additional investigation. On 17 February 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the material had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.


19 November 2012 - Hamdi Muhammad Jawad Musa al-Fallah

22 years old, of Hebron. Killed near the Halhul-Hebron Bridge on Route 35 when shot by soldiers while aiming a laser pen at them during clashes between the soldiers and Palestinians.

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On 5 December 2012 B’Tselem was informed that a Military Police investigation had been opened. On 6 February 2013, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case is being reviewed by a military prosecutor. On 5 January 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been returned to the Military Police to complete investigation of additional matters. On 17 February 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the Military Police had not yet completed its additional investigation.


2013

12 January 2013 – ‘Udai Muhammad Salameh Darawish

21 years old, of a-Ramadin, Hebron District. Killed near the Meitar checkpoint when shot by soldiers as he fled from them after he entered Israel, for work purposes, without a permit.

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A Military Police investigation was opened on 12 January 2013. On 18 March 2013 the MAG Corps announced that a soldier had been convicted in a plea bargain of the negligent homicide of Darawish. On 17 June 2013 the MAG Corps reported that the soldier who shot Darwish was given a seven-month prison sentence, a suspended prison sentence and was demoted to sergeant. 

15 January 2013 - Samir Ahmad Muhammad 'Awad

16 years old, of Budrus, Ramallah District. Killed on 15 January 2013 near Budrus when shot by soldiers near the Separation Barrier. ‘Awad crossed the first barbed wire fence of the barrier and was shot in the back and in the head as he tried to flee the soldiers’ ambush and return to Budrus.

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A Military Police investigation was opened on 15 January 2013. On 13 May 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent for further investigation. On 5 January 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the further investigation has been completed and the material sent to a military prosecutor for review. On 23 February 2013 the Military Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been re-sent for further investigation. 

18 January 2013 - Saleh Ahmad Suliman al-'Amarin

15 years old, of al-‘Aza Refugee Camp, Bethlehem District. Sustained head injuries on 18 January 2013 in ‘Ayda Refugee Camp, Bethlehem District, from shots fired by soldiers during clashes between Palestinian youths and soldiers in front of the military guard tower near Rachel’s Tomb. He died of his injuries on 23 January 2013.

Investigation status: A Military Police investigation was opened on 27 January 2013. On 5 January 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review. On 17 February 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was still being reviewed.

23 January 2013 - Lubna Munir Sa'id al-Hanash

21 years old, Bethlehem. Killed near Route 60 while she walking on the grounds of al-‘Arrub College, near al-‘Arrub Refugee Camp, by shots fired by soldiers. The military claims that a Molotov cocktail had been thrown in that area. B’Tselem has no information corroborating that claim.

Investigation status: A Military Police investigation was opened on 23 January 2013. On 3 October 2013, the MAG Corps informed B'Tselem that the case had been sent for further investigation. On 12 March 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

22 February 2013 - Muhammad Samih Hussein 'Asfur

22 years old, of ‘Abud, Ramallah District. On 22 February 2013, suffered head injuries from rubber-coated metal bullets fired by soldiers during a demonstration in ‘Abud in which youths threw stones at the soldiers. Died of his injuries in a hospital in Israel on 7 March 2013.

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Investigation status: A Military Police investigation was opened on 7 March 2013. On 3 October 2013 the MAG Corps informed B'Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review. On 5 January 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent for further investigation. On 17 February 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the further investigation had not yet been completed.

1 March 2013 – Mahmoud Wajih ‘Abd al-Hamid ‘Awad

25 years old, of ‘Atarot, Ramallah District. Injured in the back of the head by a rubber-coated metal bullet fired by a soldier in clashes near Qalandiya Checkpoint. Died of his wounds on 28 November 2013.

Investigation status: On 14 November 2013, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that an investigation had been launched.

12 March 2013 - Mahmoud 'Adel Fares a-Titi

22 years old, of al-Fawwar Refugee Camp, Hebron District. Killed in al-Fawwar Refugee Camp by shots fired by soldiers: the soldiers entered the camp in a military vehicle, their vehicle got stuck, residents of the camp threw stones at the soldiers and the soldiers opened fire. Investigation status:

Investigation status: On 17 March 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that an investigation had been opened into the matter. On 24 July 2013, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent for further investigation. On 17 February 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the Military Police had not yet completed its additional investigation.

3 April 2013 – ‘Amer Ibrahim Naji Nassar and Naji 'Abd a-Salam Naji al-Balbisi

Nassar, 18 years old, and al-Balbisi, 19, both of ‘Anabta, Tulkarm District, were killed near the ‘Anabta-‘Einav checkpoint when shot at by soldiers. The two arrived at the checkpoint with two other youths. Nassar threw a Molotov cocktail at the guard tower at the checkpoint. Soldiers who ambushed the four youths, fired a massive barrage at them and they fled. Nassar was shot in the chest and was killed about 120 meters from the checkpoint; al-Balbisi, who ran behind a building, was shot in the back.

Investigation status: A Military Police investigation was opened on 7 April 2013. On 3 October 2013 the MAG Corps informed B'Tselem that the case was still under investigation. On 14 November 2013, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review. On 17 February 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was still under review.

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2 July 2013 – Mu’taz Idris ‘'Abd al-Fatah Sharawnah

18 years old, of Dura, Hebron District. Killed in Dura by shots fired at his back by soldiers, as he took part in clashes with Israeli military troops.

Investigation status: On 3 July 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that an investigation file had been opened. On 17 February 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case is still under investigation.

20 August  2013 – Majd Muhammad Ahmad Lahlouh and Karim Subhi Muhammad Saleh

Lahlouh, 20, and Abu Sbeih, 17, both of Jenin Refugee Camp,  were shot by soldiers in Jenin R.C during clashes and exchanges of gunfire that took place in the course of an arrest at the refugee camp. Both took part in stone-throwing at the Israeli security forces. Abu Sbeih died of his wounds about ten days later.

Investigation status: On 29 September 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the incident had been classified as “actual combat activity”. Therefore, even in accordance with the new investigative policy as of April 2011, a Military Police investigation would not be immediately launched. The MAG Corps has yet to decide whether to launch an investigation. On 14 November 2013, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem it had not yet decided whether to launch an investigation.

26 Aug 2013 - Rubin 'Abd a-Rahman Hussein Zayed, Jihad Mansur Harbi Aslan and Yunes Jamal Muhammad Jahjouh

Zayed, 34, Aslan, 20, and Jahjouh, 22, all resident of Qalandiya Refugee Camp, al-Quds district, were killed by military fire during clashes that erupted in the course of an arrest in the refugee camp. Aslan and Jahjouh took part in stone-throwing at the Israeli security forces. Zayed, an UNRWA employee did not take part in the clashes.

Investigation status: on 28 August 2013 B'Tselem was informed that a Military Police investigation had been launched. On 14 November 2013, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was still under investigation. On 5 January 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review. On 17 February 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was still under review. 

17 October 2013 – Yunis Ahmad Mahmoud a-Radayda

27 years old, of Beit Hanina al-Balal, al-Quds District. Shot by soldiers after forcing his way into a military base on a tractor.

Investigation status: On 29 October 2013, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the man killed is not considered “a civilian” and is not uninvolved in fighting. Rather, it is known that the man is a terrorist conducting hostile terrorist activity. Therefore, even in accordance with the new investigative policy as of April 2011, a Military Police investigation would not be immediately launched.  MAG Corps has not yet decided whether to launch an investigation. 

22 October 2013 - Muhammad Rabah Shukri ‘Asi 

22 years old, of Beit Liqiya, Ramallah District. Active member of Islamic Jihad military branch. Killed in the course of exchanges of fire with security forces when they came to apprehend him in a cave in which he was hiding. 

Investigation status: On 29 October 2013 , the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the man killed is not considered “a civilian” and is not uninvolved in fighting. Rather, it is known that the man is a terrorist conducting hostile terrorist activity. Therefore, even in accordance with the new investigative policy as of April 2011, a Military Police investigation would not be immediately launched. The MAG Corps has not yet decided whether to launch an investigation. On 5 January 2014 the MAG Corp informed B’Tselem that it would not launch an investigation, noting that the preliminary examination of the incident indicated that in the course of an attempt to arrest the man, he opened heavy fire at IDF troops. They returned fire, which was apparently the cause of his death.

31 October 2013 – Ahmad ‘Imad Yusuf Tazazah

20 years old, of Qabatiya, Jenin District. Killed by gunfire in clashes with the military in a market near Qabatiya. 

Investigation status: On 11 November 2013 the IDF Spokesperson informed B’Tselem that a “limited investigation” had been launched. On 5 January 2014 the MAG Corp informed  B’Tselem that the case had been reclassified from “limited investigation” to “regular investigation”. On 5 January 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the investigation had been reclassified from “limited investigation” to regular MPIU investigation. On 17 February 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was still under investigation.

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7 November 2013 – Bashir Sami Salem Habanin

28 years old, of Marka, Jenin District. Shot to death by Border Police officers and soldiers after firing firecrackers at Tapuah Junction.

Investigation status: On 14 November 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the man killed is not considered “a civilian” and is not uninvolved in fighting, and that he was killed after performing hostile terrorist activity. Therefore, even in accordance with the new investigative policy as of April 2011, a Military Police investigation would not be immediately launched. The  MAG Corps has not yet decided whether to launch an investigation. On 5 January 2014 the MAG Corp informed B’Tselem that it would not launch an investigation, noting that the preliminary examination of the incident indicated that Bashir Sami Salem Habanin had fired firecrackers at Israeli civilians. “IDF and Border Police troops on site… followed “procedure for arresting a suspect”… which culminated in shots fired at his legs… After he was shot in the legs, he got hup and continued firing firecrackers at the troops. In view of this and the menace he posed to the lives of the troops and civilians present at the junction, the forces fired additional shots which were the cause of his death.

26 November 2013 - Muhammad Fuad Jamil Nairuth, Moussa Makhmareh and Mahmoud Khaled Mahmoud Najar

Nairuth, 30, of Hebron and Makhmareh, 21 of Yatta, Hebron District, were members of an armed Palestinian group. Military, ISA and police forces fired at their car in what the military classified as an arrest operation in the town of Yatta. Najar. 22, of Yatta, Hebron District, a member of the same armed organization was killed shortly after in what the military classified as an operation for his arrest in al-Karmil. 

Investigation status: On 23 December 2013 B’Tselem applied to the MAG Corps and the Israel Police demanding that an investigation be launched. B’Tselem has received no response to date.

7 December 2013 – Wajih Wajdi Wajih a-Ramahi

15 years old, of Jalazon Refugee Camp, Ramallah District. Shot in the back by soldiers when he was in the vicinity of teenagers in the refugee camp who were throwing stones at the soldiers from approximately 200 meters away. 

Investigation status: On 15 December 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that an MPIU investigation had been launched. On 17 February 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was still under investigation.

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19 December 2013 - Saleh Samir 'Abd a-Rahman Yasin

27 years old, of Qalqiliya, member of Palestinian security forces. Fired at soldiers and then shot to death by them. According to IDF Spokesperson, the soldiers were on site for an arrest raid.

Investigation status: On 30 December 2013 B’Tselem demanded that the MAG Corps instruct the MPIU to launch an investigation.

2014

29 January 2014 - Muhammad Mahmoud 'Abd al-'Aziz Mubarak

20 years old, of al-Jalazun R.C, Ramallah DistrictShot by soldiers near 'Ein Siniya.  According to the military, the soldiers fired after Mubarak opened fire at a nearby military tower.

Investigation status: On 2 March 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the man killed is not considered “a civilian” uninvolved in fighting. It is known that the man is a terrorist conducting hostile terrorist activity. Therefore, even in accordance with the new investigative policy as of April 2011, a Military Police investigation would not be immediately launched.  The MAG Corps has not yet decided whether to launch an investigation.

* Please note: Islam Hussam Sa’id Tubasi who was killed in Jenin Refugee Camp on 17 September 2013 was struck from this list after the military informed B’Tselem that Tubasi had been killed by police gunfire.