The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) shot and killed over December eight unarmed Palestinian demonstrators, none of whom posed mortal danger, who were participating in protests near the Gaza perimeter fence, B’tselem’s new report revealed.
According to the report, Israeli troops fired live ammunition during protests against US recoginition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, killing 10 Palestinians and injuring hundreds in West Bank, Gaza, and occupied Jerusalem.
In the Gaza demonstrations, the soldiers were located on the Israeli side of the fence, at some distance from the Palestinian protesters. They were undeniably not in mortal danger – certainly not of a kind that could not be prevented by other means, the report said.
Yet even this recent upsurge in the killing and injury of Palestinians through the unlawful and excessive use of live ammunition will not, most probably, be addressed any differently than thousands of other cases in which no one was held accountable.
The announcement of the launching of an investigation by the Military Police Investigation Unit into the killing of Ibrahim Abu Thuraya – released after the incident sparked headlines in Israel and around the world – holds no promise. It is no more than the first in a routine series of steps taken to whitewash the circumstances in which Israeli security forces kill Palestinians.
With the MAG Corps at the helm, the process will inevitably yield the familiar result: instead of being held to account, those responsible for these killings will be afforded protection.
(Source / 10.01.2018)