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‘B’Tselem: new low in Israeli authorities’ disregard for lives of Palestinians in Occupied Territories

http://www.btselem.org/press_releases/20150414_state_attorney_decision_in_samir_awad_killing

“Today Israel’s State Attorney’s Office notified the High Court of Justice (HCJ) that in the case of Palestinian youth Samir ‘Awad it had decided, “subject to a hearing and to the end of privilege proceedings”, to file an indictment for the minor offense of committing “a reckless and negligent act using a firearm”. The State’s response did not note which of the soldiers involved was to stand trial.

This is a new low in Israeli authorities’ disregard for the lives of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. The State Attorney’s Office has sent security forces in the Occupied Territories a clear message: if you kill an unarmed Palestinian who poses no threat, we will do everything to cover it up and ensure impunity. Killing a wounded, fleeing youth who posed no threat by shooting him in the back is not a “reckless and negligent act”. The disparity between the grave action and the minor offense is incomprehensible and outrageous.

It is also not clear why it took two years and a petition to the HCJ for the authorities to decide to serve this indictment. Had the petition not been filed, would the Military Advocate General’s (MAG’s) Corps have continued to drag its feet? When, exactly, were the authorities planning to end this sorry affair? Sixteen-year-old Samir ‘Awad was killed in January 2013 by soldiers close to the Separation Barrier in the West Bank village of Budrus. He was shot in the back although he posed no danger to anyone. The Military Police Investigations Unit (MPIU) has long since completed all aspects of the investigation into the incident, yet although more than two years have passed since then, no decision was reached until today. The boy’s father, Ahmad ‘Awad, petitioned the HCJ together with B’Tselem a little over a year ago, in March 2014, to have the MAG decide whether to indict the soldiers who killed his son or close the case file.

Background on the incident

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Only 8.5 Percent of Investigation Files into Offences Committed by Israelis against Palestinians End in Indictment; 84 Percent of Files are Closed due to Police Investigation Failures

Yesh Din 24/7/2013

 

“The human rights organization Yesh Din today published figures based on its monitoring of the investigations in 938 files opened by the various units of the Samaria & Judea District Police following complaints submitted by Palestinians with Yesh Din’s assistance. The updated figures show that between 2005 and 2013 just 8.5 percent of investigation files ended in the indictment of Israelis suspected of harming Palestinians and their property. An examination of the circumstances surrounding the closure of the files by the S&J District Police shows that 84 percent of the files in which a final decision has been taken were closed due to police investigation failures. In the vast majority of cases, the investigators failed to locate the offenders or to collect sufficient evidence for prosecution.

The police investigations were opened following offenses of violence; damage to property; seizure of Palestinian land; and other offenses, including shooting, stone throwing, arson, the cutting down of trees, injury to livestock, theft of crops, construction on Palestinian-owned land, threats and harassment.

The new figures are virtually identical to those reported in the past. Accordingly, the past year has not brought any improvement in the ability of the S&J District Police to investigate offenses by Israeli civilians against Palestinians and their property. The ongoing failure of the S&J District Police in this respect is due to systemic defects and flaws in the management of investigations, as reviewed in detail in Yesh Din’s report “A Semblance of Law” published in 2006. The report showed that over half the investigation files examined were marred by negligence, a lack of professionalism, a paucity of investigative actions, and failure to meet accepted standards for police investigations. Although these defects have been known for years, the new figures show that no meaningful action has been taken to correct the situation and improve the quality of investigations.

Noa Cohen of Yesh Din’s Research Department commented on the findings: “Despite numerous declarations of enhanced enforcement concerning attacks by Israelis on Palestinians, the figures show that in reality there has not been any change. Time after time the police fail to bring offenders to justice. The negligent investigations and low indictment rate send a clear message to offenders that the State has no interest in forcing them to end their actions. Anyone who is familiar with the situation in the Territories recognizes that Israel has abandoned its obligation to protect the Palestinian population. This is reflected in the acts and omissions of all the agencies of the State, and particularly the Police and the IDF.”

 

http://www.yesh-din.org/infoitem.asp?infocatid=392

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Dead in the Water (Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty in 1967)

The USS Liberty incident was an attack on a United States Navy technical research ship, USS Liberty, by Israeli Air Force jet fighter aircraft and Israeli Navy torpedo boats, on June 8, 1967, during the Six-Day War.

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July 13, 2013 · 10:25 am

Some Children Are More Equal than Others.

Imagine how absurd it would be if the Police charged a man with committing a robbery and the suspects lawyer turned up at court to defend him and used as his defence the fact that there were more serious crimes being committed in another part of town. Well this is defense that Mike Fryer ex detective and Christians for Zion director has done in his latest blog regarding Israel’s treatment of Arab child detainees.

Here’s a snippet,

“What the meeting in the Commons did not address is the detention of boys in Gaza who are now being detained by Hamas for having long hair and are being forced to have their heads shaved. Youths in Gaza are even being told what clothing they can wear. Children in Gaza are watching the bodies of so called Collaborators with Israel being dragged through the streets at the rear of motor cycles and over 100,000 boys aged between 12years and 16years are attending summer camps were they are being taught to kill and become suicide bombers and to kidnap Israeli soldiers.”

http://www.christiansforzion.com/comment-mike-fryer/2013/6/21/calling-evil-good-and-good-evil

It’s true that Hamas are an oppressive regime, but this has nothing to do with Gaza or Hamas. This is all about Israel’s mistreatment of Arab child “suspects”

Mike also goes on to tell us that these children are in fact not children at all but “youths”

“What the report didn’t say was that many of these “children” are in fact youths who have been attacking soldiers and Israeli civilians with stones, an action which the report considered “petty”.

It’s strange that he should say that when Israel has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child which defines a child as any person under the age of 18 and is  also Israeli law. But as we know there is one rule for “us” and another rule for “them” in Israel and the West Bank.

The Huffington Post writes in an article based on UNICEF findings that,

“Ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalised,” it concluded, outlining 38 recommendations to improve the protection of children in custody.

Over the past decade, Israeli forces have arrested, interrogated and prosecuted around 7,000 Palestinian children aged between between 12 and 17, most of them boys, the report said, noting the rate was equivalent to “an average of two children each day.”

“In no other country are children systematically tried by juvenile military courts that, by definition, fall short of providing the necessary guarantees to ensure respect for their rights,” it said.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/06/israeli-abuse-of-palestinian-children-systematic_n_2817231.html

But if you notice in Mike Fryer’s blog he dodges this all together in the classic Hasbara style and instead says,

“I don’t believe that there is no Justice in Israeli courts. Israel is a democratic country with the eyes of the world bearing down on every aspect of its society. As you can see they even allow foreign Politicians into their courts, would they do that if they were not following legal protocols? Israeli youths who are arrested for offences against Arabs are dealt with in the same way as Arab youths are. However what would happen in a Palestinian Arab court to an Israeli youth? I guarantee in a Gaza court he would be executed but would these Politicians have a meeting about that?”

That’s at odds with previous findings,

“Israeli military courts ‘have 99 percent conviction rate”

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=440537

I wonder if detective Fryer could tell us the conviction rate for settler kids who regularly throw stones at Arabs?

I wont be holding my breath waiting for that answer!

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