RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Prominent Palestinian figures denounced on Wednesday Israeli executions of Palestinian children, calling for both documenting and prosecuting such crimes. Speaking during a press conference held by anti-violence association AVAC, Secretary General of the National Initiative Movement, Mustafa Barghouthi, spoke out against the field executions perpetrated by the Israeli occupation forces against Palestinian children, dubbing tاem “barbaric crimes” that require both documentation and prosecution. Barghouthi added that Israeli cold-blooded murder of the youngster Mahmoud Shaalan, among others, is an instance of the tragedy endured by the Palestinians across the occupied territories. Lawyer Nader Jayoussi, from AVAC, also said the group documented the execution of 16-year-old Shaalan, a holder of an American citizenship, by collecting eyewitness accounts and live proofs. Postmortem autopsy found out that seven bullets hit the casualty’s body from the back and right side despite the fact that he was at a distance from the Israeli soldiers and, thus, posed no threat to them. He said such eyewitness affidavits contradict Israeli claims that Shaalan attempted to stab soldiers. Israel refused to hand to the Palestinian Liaison the surveillance cameras that recorded the crime from beginning to end. AVAC’s director, Seyam Nawara, called for the need to document Israeli crimes and field executions against Palestinian civilians.
(Source / 14.07.2016)