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UN calls for probe into Israel’s use of armed force against children

Palestine Information Center – December 2, 2020

RAMALLAH – The UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner has called for a transparent investigation into the use of armed force by Israeli soldiers against Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank.

The UN Human Rights Office said that the Israeli forces critically injured at least four children with live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets in separate incidents across the West Bank in the past two weeks.

“All injuries resulted from the use of potentially lethal force in circumstances where available information suggests the children did not pose a threat to life or serious injury of the soldiers or to anyone else.”

“It thus appears the force used was not in accordance with international law,” the Human Rights Office said in a statement, pointing out that a 16-year-old boy was shot in the chest and critically injured in al-Bireh city on November 29.

“On 27 November, during protests in Kafr Qaddum village in the north of the West Bank, soldiers shot a 16-year old boy in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet. The boy fell from the impact and is hospitalized with a fractured skull.”

“On November 17, a 15-year old boy on his way back from school lost his right eye after being hit by ricochet ammunition in Qalandia refugee camp north of Jerusalem. Although there were clashes taking place between soldiers and residents of the camp, none of the available information suggests the boy would have posed a threat to anyone at the time he was shot,” the statement elaborated.

“UN Human Rights Office calls on Israel to promptly, transparently and independently investigate all instances of (Israeli army) use of force that have led to killing or injury and to hold those responsible accountable,” the statement said.

“In accordance with international law, use of lethal force is only allowed as a measure of last resort, in response to a threat to life or of serious injury. Stone-throwing does not appear to constitute such threat. In addition, force must always be used in a manner which causes the least possible harm. Shooting in the head or upper body does not appear to conform with this requirement.”

“Children enjoy special protection under international law and must be protected from violence at all times.”

December 3, 2020 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Subjugation - Torture | , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Israeli’s HATE Palestinians. They would drive them all into the sea if they thought they could get away with it. It’s no wonder that so many people are ‘branded’ as “Anti-Semitic” when they criticize “Red Sea Pedestrians”.

    “There was no such thing as Palestinians, they never existed”…..Golda Meier 1969

    “An anti-Semite is someone who dislikes Jews, more than is absolutely necessary”……H.L. Menken

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by brianharryaustralia | December 3, 2020 | Reply

  2. In spite of all the good things President Trump did for Israel, he is being illegally removed because he won’t let our taxes and the lives of our soldiers the the fake Middle East Wars.
    It is impossible to fight antisemitism here when Israel intentionally shot more that 3,600 children in the arms and legs in Gaza.
    Many Israelis are against this but the Zionist control both Israel AND America.

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    Comment by Jack Dunn | December 3, 2020 | Reply

  3. Need a laughing-in-derision moment? herewith: “UN Human Rights Office calls on Israel to promptly, transparently and independently investigate all instances of (Israeli army) use of force that have led to killing or injury and to hold those responsible accountable….”

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by roberthstiver | December 4, 2020 | Reply

    • Laughable, but not funny……

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by brianharryaustralia | December 4, 2020 | Reply


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