B’Tselem to military and police commanders: Protect B’Tselem volunteer who documented Hebron shooting

Published: 
31 Mar 2016

B’Tselem director Hagai El-Ad wrote yesterday to OC Central Command Roni Numa and Chief of Police Roni Alsheich informing them of death threats made against ‘Imad Abu Shamsiyeh, the B’Tselem volunteer who filmed the incident in which a soldier shot and killed ‘Abd al-Fatah a-Sharif in Hebron on 24 March 2016. In the letter, El-Ad requested assurance that the military and police commanders are aware of the danger to which Abu Shamsiyeh and his family are exposed. He emphasized their duty to do all that is in their power to protect the family from further violence, including issuing clear, adequate directives to soldiers and police officers stationed in Hebron.

El-Ad stressed that this is far from a hypothetical matter: Abu Shamsiyeh is well known in his neighborhood, Tel Rumeida, and in recent years has suffered several attacks by settlers living there. In light of that, and given the threats issued against him, we fear that these attacks will be exacerbated.

Since the footage was released, Abu Shamsiyeh and his family have already been subjected to threats of murder, stones thrown at their home, and hateful posts on Facebook. Most of this violence was instigated by Hebron settlers.