Israel occupation forces are now permitted to fire live bullets as a first resort against Palestinians throwing stones to open-fire regulations.
The Instructions, which were approved by the attorney general, had been classified. They were revealed on Monday in Lod District Court in response to a petition by Adalah-Legal Center for Minority Rights.
Among the new instructions: “The soldiers are permitted to open fire at a person who is clearly seen to throw, or is about to throw stones.”
The instructions also say that “throwing stones” is an example of an incident that justifies shooting with live fire.
The Israel occupation forces refused to reveal significant parts of the open-fire procedure. Apparently these are regulations regarding the use of Ruger rifles and dealing with crimes classified as “security-related”. Adalah maintains that as long as the forces don’t reveal the instructions in full, the organization intends to demand a court discussion and a decision on the subject.
Attorney Mohammed Bassam, who wrote the petition, said, “The new instructions enable the soldiers to behave in an unrestrained and criminal manner. The chances that incidents such as stone throwing will constitute a danger to life are extremely remote, and there is no question that such incidents can be handled by non-lethal means. But the new instructions refer to such incidents as though they were warlike activities, and grant legitimacy to a quick trigger finger, and by doing so allow Palestinian youths to be wounded and killed.
(Source / 20.12.2021)