Category: Israel

Investigations conducted by B’Tselem ‒ The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories ‒ have found that, in the month of January, six Palestinians were shot in the upper body during clashes and demonstrations that involved stone throwing, even though they were not endangering the lives of Israeli soldiers or anyone else.


According to the Israeli military’s open-fire regulations, shooting to kill is permitted only when the lives of security forces or other persons are in danger. Even then, it is permitted only when there are no other means of averting danger. The investigations by B’Tselem revealed that none of the six incidents met this key criterion for the use of lethal force.

These incidents of blatantly unrestrained and illegal conduct make a mockery of the Israeli military’s own open-fire regulations, which are intended to limit the use of lethal firepower, and render such restrictions void of meaning in addition to sending a clear message about Israel’s profound disregard for the lives of Palestinians. As a rule, Israel’s defense apparatus, including its military law-enforcement system, invariably chooses either to support the actions of the shooters involved or attempts to cover up such incidents. The fact that the enforcement agencies effectively allow soldiers to blatantly disregard the open-fire regulations with no accountability allows the continued use of lethal force – a crucial facet in Israel’s ability to maintain its violent control over millions of Palestinians.

The names of the young Palestinians killed as a result of unwarranted Israeli force during the month of January are as follows:


Communist Party of Israel

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