Tuesday, December 19, 2017

'blameless' Israelis strike again

I guess the Israeli security services have adopted a new motto: "Never saw a Palestinian protester we couldn't shoot dead." Around the world, other police services seem capable of capturing-without-killing all sorts of perpetrators, some of them with guns. But hey, Palestinians are different, I guess. Those armed with knives cannot be subdued without shooting. And those without ... well, they're Palestinians.

GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. human rights office says an internal Israeli military probe that cleared troops of any wrongdoing in the death of a paraplegic Palestinian protester was "insufficient."
U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein called Tuesday for an independent and impartial investigation.
He said "facts" gathered by his staffers strongly suggest that excessive force was used against 29-year-old Ibrahim Abu Thraya, who used a wheelchair.
Palestinian health officials say Abu Thraya was shot in the head while demonstrating Friday in Gaza amid unrest following President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Israel's military said no live fire was aimed at Abu Thraya and it was impossible to determine the cause of death.
Rights office spokesman Rupert Colville said the "very quick internal army investigation" was insufficient.

1 comment:

  1. All kinds of things go rattling through my skull on reading this, but nothing more sensible than to say it's wrong.