Newsletter 30 April 2012

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NEWSLETTER 30 Apr. 2012
B'Tselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
Rashad Shukhah, killed by undercover soldiers in the village of Ramun, in a family photo with his wife Taghrid and their daughter
Rashad Shawakhah, killed by undercover soldiers in the village of Ramun, in a family photo with his wife Taghrid and their daughter
Dear friends,

We recently reported about a March 27th incident at Kafr Ramun, when two undercover soldiers appeared after midnight near the Shawakhah family's house. Three Shawakhah brothers, fearing thieves, went outside armed with knives and a club, demanding that the strangers identify themselves. The soldiers shot one brother, the other two brothers then attacked, and the soldiers shot them, too. Uniformed soldiers arriving next also shot at two of the wounded brothers: one, Rashad Shawakhah, later died in the hospital. The soldiers reportedly entered Ramun not for urgent military necessity, but for training purposes. if true, this suggests gross disdain for Palestinian civilian lives. After repeated inquiries by B'Tselem, the MAG just announced an investigation. B'Tselem demands full scrutiny, including of the senior command decision that sent soldiers disguised as civilians into the village.

Noa Tal, 
Data Department Director

Soldiers in civilian clothing shot Palestinians who mistook them for robbers, killing one

On the night of 27 March 2012, soldiers in civilian clothing entered Kafr Ramun near Ramallah. B'Tselem has learned that three brothers from the village, thinking they were being robbed, came outside armed with a club and two knives to defend their property and were shot by the soldiers. Uniformed soldiers who came to the scene during the incident, also shot two of the brothers, who were already wounded. One brother died of his wounds and the other two sustained injuries. B'Tselem demanded an investigation into this incident and was informed Today, 24 April 2012, that an investigation was ordered by the MAG corps

More tear gas canisters shot at human targets, army denials notwithstanding

On Friday, 9 March 2012, B'Tselem documented two serious incidents of tear gas canisters fired directly at demonstrators in two West Bank locations. Despite ample documentation that tear gas canisters are aimed and launched directly at people, the authorities continue to deny it.

New documentation of the assault on protesters refutes claims they acted violently

Video stillsA new film that was obtained by B'Tselem shows the minutes that preceded the violent incident in which the Former Jordan Valley Brigade deputy commander assaulted international and Palestinian protesters. In response, B'Tselem Executive Director Jessica Montell, said: "The video disproves claims that the soldiers responded to violence by the activists. This severe case of violence illustrates the sense of impunity felt by the deputy brigade commander. In fact Israeli security forces are almost never held accountable for violence against Palestinians."

Hamas executes three people in Gaza

On 12 April 2012, the Hamas authorities in Gaza executed three Palestinians sentenced to death by Gaza courts. Since the Hamas takeover of Gaza, 32 people have been sentenced to death, and ten people have been executed. B'Tselem condemns the use of capital punishment as immoral and a violation of the right to life. Regardless of the crime, such punishment has no place on the law books.

Investigate death, injuries from live firing during Land Day demonstrations in Gaza

B'Tselem wrote to the Military Police and the Military Advocate General Corps requesting they launch a Military Police Investigation into the death of a Palestinian demonstrator and the wounding of dozens of others when live ammunition was used against protesters during a Land Day demonstration in the Gaza Strip on Friday, 30 March 2012.

Testimony: ISA prevents young man with rare disease from traveling to East Jerusalem for treatment

Kamel a-TaramsiKamel a-Taramsi, age 24, has acromegaly, a rare endocrine disease. Following years of misdiagnoses, a-Taramsi was finally referred to al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem for treatment unavailable in Gaza. A-Taramsi got a permit to leave Gaza and travel to East Jerusalem but when he arrived at Erez crossing, the ISA subjected him to a lengthy interrogation without regard for his condition, and threatened him with arrest. A-Taramsi was ultimately released, but not allowed to travel to East Jerusalem. He has since been unable to obtain the required permit.

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