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B’Tselem on decision by State Attorney’s Office in Samir ‘Awad case: Attorney General and MAG will find way to whitewash any crime

B’Tselem sharply criticizes Israel’s Military Advocate General (MAG) Corps for its decision to withdraw the indictments in the case of 16-year-old Palestinian Samir ‘Awad, killed by soldiers when they shot him in the back and head while he was caught between barbed wire fences. No crime against Palestinians lies beyond the ability of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and MAG Sharon Afek to whitewash. The decision is particularly disgraceful in this case. It also lays bare for all to see the shameful conduct of those who head the civilian and military law enforcement systems in Israel: as soon as the defense began to argue “selective enforcement” and the focus shifted from the soldiers in the field to the policy makers, the prosecution quickly retreated and made no attempt to uphold the semblance of legality it usually holds so dear. Yet the reality cannot be disguised. As evidenced by hundreds of cases, closing investigations and failing to prosecute soldiers who killed Palestinians is the norm in the glorious theater of so-called investigation directed by the MAG Corps.