B'Tselem is publishing a video clip documenting a soldier firing a rubber coated steel bullet, from extremely close range, at a cuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainee. The shooting took place in the presence of a lieutenant colonel, who was holing the Palestinian's arm when the shot was fired.
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In light of the recent escalation in violence around the Gaza Strip, including a Grad rocket strike on a mall in the Israeli city of Ashkelon, the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem has repeated its demand that all parties protect civilians from the fighting.
Samira a-Daghmeh, 13, told B'Tselem that soldiers blew up the door to the family's home in the Gaza Strip while her mother and siblings were inside, killing her mother. Soldiers stayed in the home for several hours without evacuating her to a hospital, and then exited the house, leaving her body with her children.
Following a letter from B'Tselem, the Military Police has opened an investigation into an incident that took place on 14 March, in which an army officer fired a rubber-coated steel bullet at a demonstrator in the village of Bil'in, wounding him.
Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana'a was killed by a Flechette shell. B'Tselem demands that the Israeli Army's Judge Advocate General order the immediate cessation of the use of this prohibited weapon in the Gaza Strip, and open a criminal investigation of the event.
Authorities must investigate the killing of four Palestinians defined by Israel as "wanted persons", on 12 March 2008. B'Tselem's investigation raises the suspicion that security forces executed the four in flagrant violation of a High Court ruling, which prohibits intentionally killing Palestinians taking part in hostilities when they can be arrested.
According to B'Tselem figures, from 27 February to the afternoon of 3 March, 106 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip. Contrary to the Chief of Staff's contention that ninety percent were armed, at least fifty-four of the dead (twenty-five of them minors) did not take part in the hostilities. In addition, at least forty-six minors were wounded.
On 7 February 2008, soldiers fired a missile that landed in the yard of an agricultural school in Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip. In his testimony to B'Tselem, one of the school's students described how the missile, which struck at the beginning of classes, killed a teacher and wounded him and two of his cousins.
B'Tselem expressed its grave concern following the renewed fighting in Gaza. During the first 2 months of 2008, Israeli security forces killed 146 Palestinians. At least 42 did not participate in the fighting when killed, and 11 were minors. Palestinians killed 2 Israeli civilians, and one member of the Israeli security forces.
On 4 Jan. 08, Border Police fired rubber-coated metal bullets at Ahmad Abu Hantash, a father of two. Hantash died on 23 Jan. B'Tselem's investigation indicates that the police officers' lives were not in danger. B'Tselem demands a thorough investigation of the incident.
In the Cabinet meeting, the Head of the ISA said that Israel has killed 1,000 terrorists in the Gaza Strip in the past two years. The total number of Palestinians killed in this period is actually 816, and this includes 152 minors as well as many women and men uninvolved in the hostilities.
B'Tselem today releases its year-end report. According to B'Tselem data, the number of Israelis and Palestinians killed in clashes in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip dropped. However, there has been deterioration in many other measures of the human rights situation in the Occupied Territories.
The State Attorney's Office has consented to have an independent committee examine the circumstances of a targeted killing. The case involves a 2002 bomb attack on a residential building that killed Salah Shahadeh and fourteen others, 13 of them civilians.
According to Majd Ghanem's testimony, the soldiers ordered him to search his neighbor's house, and later forced him to sit in the road next to their jeep. When Palestinians opened fire at the jeep, the soldiers refused to let him in or allow him to escape the crossfire.
B'Tselem wrote to Israel's Judge Advocate General urging a Military Police investigation into the May 20 bombing that killed 8 people. Testimonies given to B'Tselem indicate that none of the victims was armed.
B'Tselem sent in an urgent letter to Israel 's Defense Minister urging him to ensure that the military does not attack civilian targets in the Gaza Strip. The letter responds to the calls by Israeli politicians to cut off Gaza's water and electricity.