Israeli human rights group B’Tselem was quick to point out that the policy harms only innocents and not the accused. Thirteen people, including eight children, none of whom have been accused of or charged with any crime, live in the home slated to be demolished.
In its search for three missing settlers, Israel has imposed unlawful collective punishment on Palestinians living in Hebron, the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said Tuesday.
“Security forces have extensive operational powers to achieve the rightful and essential objective of finding the abducted teens,” B’Tselem said in a statement. “Yet these powers are not unlimited, and not all measures are lawful.”
The Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem, which investigates allegations of human rights abuses in the West Bank, said the fatal shootings in Beitunya could not have been caused by rubber bullets.
"We still think that these injuries could not have been sustained with any other weapons other than live ammunition," said Sarit Michaeli, a B'Tselem spokeswoman. Though rubber bullets are sometimes known to be fatal, Michaeli said "there's just no recorded incident ever of a rubber bullet killing two people from a range of about 70 meters," referring to an estimate of the distance between the border police and the victims. However, Michaeli added that the CNN footage shows "border police firing something that looks very much like a rubber bullet."
But the human rights organisation B'tselem, said it had obtained medical opinion on the entry and exit wounds confirming they were consistent with live fire rounds, and could not have been caused by rubber-coated metal bullets, especially when fired at long range as in this case. B'tselem commented "The army's open fire regulations clearely stipulate that live ammunition should not be used against stone-throwers, except in cases of immediate mortal danger. "Security camera footage of the incident proves that at no stage were security forces endangered by any of the four victims, or by anyone close to them at the time of the shooting."
An Israeli human rights group, B'Tselem, said the video supported the findings of its own investigation, based on witness accounts and medical records, which indicated that the Israeli troops had used live ammunition "in conditions where there was no feasible justification". Spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli said the troops had been "in zero danger".
An Israeli rights group says Israeli troops fired live bullets without justification during a West Bank clash last week, killing two Palestinian teenagers. B'Tselem said on Tuesday that its assertions are based on witness accounts and medical records. The group's spokeswoman, Sarit Michaeli, says security camera footage of the incident that surfaced late Monday supports the group's findings.
The Israeli rights group B’Tselem said Palestinians have killed 17 Israeli civilians in the West Bank since 2009, not counting Monday’s fatality. The group “strongly condemned” the shooting, adding that “attacks against civilians within Israel’s borders are no different from attacks against settlers living in the West Bank.”
“The argument that there is justification for killing settlers as part of the struggle against Israeli occupation is both legally and morally groundless,” it said, adding that all civilians must be protected.
Op-Ed by B'Tselem Executive Director Jessica Montell
All Palestinians — including those living in Area A under the nominal control of the Palestinian Authority — are subject to the jurisdiction of the Israeli military. Some 300,000 Israelis live in this territory as well (not counting the 200,000 Israelis in the territory annexed to the city of Jerusalem). Though they also live in territory governed by military law, settlers enjoy all the rights of the Israeli democracy, as well as additional financial benefits intended to encourage Israelis to live there. The result is that two different and discriminatory legal systems operate in the same territory, with a person’s rights and benefits determined by his or her national origin.
Israeli security forces shot and injured Mohammed Basman Yasin, a volunteer cameraman for the Israeli human rights organization B'tselem, while he was filming a protest in the West Bank city of Beitunia, according to Israeli website +972.