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Conviction of Israeli soldier must pave the way for justice for unlawful killings

The conviction of an Israeli soldier who shot dead a Palestinian man involved in a knife attack in Hebron as he lay wounded on the ground offers a small glimmer of hope amid the rampant impunity for unlawful killings in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, said Amnesty International today. The soldier, Elor Azaria, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif, one of two Palestinians believed to have been involved in the stabbing of an Israeli soldier on 24 March 2016 in Hebron, after a military court ruled unanimously that his actions violated the Israeli army’s rules of engagement.

Date:
4 January 2017
  • Research
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Unlawful Killings

Lethal force and accountability for unlawful killings by Israeli forces in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

This memorandum sets out some of Amnesty International’s concerns about the use of lethal force by the Israeli army, Border Police, Israel Police and private security guards over the period from 22 September 2015 until 6 September 2016. It provides details of 20 cases of evidently unlawful killings of Palestinians, including 15 possible extrajudicial executions, carried out by Israeli forces, and seeks clarification about the investigations carried out by the Israeli authorities into these killings and the policies governing the use of lethal force by Israeli forces.

Date:
28 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 15/4812/2016
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Israel/OPT: Suspected extrajudicial execution of Palestinian caught on video

An Israeli soldier has been filmed shooting dead a Palestinian man in Hebron as he lay wounded on the ground following his alleged role in a knife attack earlier today. The man, Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif, was one of two Palestinians believed to have been involved in the stabbing of an Israeli soldier. Footage of the shooting was released by the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem. “The shooting of a wounded and incapacitated person, even if they have been involved in an attack, has absolutely no justification and must be prosecuted as a potential war crime,” said Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International.

Date:
24 March 2016
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Demonstrations

Israel/OPT: Israeli authorities must protect Palestinian civilians in wake of settler attacks in Hebron

The Israeli military must immediately take steps to protect Palestinian civilians from attacks by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank and ensure effective investigation of all attacks, including the killing of a Palestinian teenager in Hebron by an Israeli civilian on 17 October, Amnesty International said today. Since 1 October, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of attempted, alleged and actual stabbing attacks by individual Palestinians on Israeli civilians, soldiers, and police.

Date:
30 October 2015
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Israeli forces in Occupied Palestinian Territories must end pattern of unlawful killings

Israeli forces have carried out a series of unlawful killings of Palestinians using intentional lethal force without justification, said Amnesty International today, based on the findings of an ongoing research trip to the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The organization has documented in depth at least four incidents in which Palestinians were deliberately shot dead by Israeli forces when they posed no imminent threat to life, in what appear to have been extrajudicial executions.

Date:
27 October 2015
  • Research
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Unlawful Killings

Israel/OPT: No justification for deliberate attacks on civilians, unlawful killings by Israeli forces, or collective punishment of Palestinians

As a significant escalation in violence since 1 October 2015 in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and in Israel continues, Amnesty International condemns all deliberate attacks on civilians, including Israeli civilians in the OPT, and calls on all sides to end such attacks. Amnesty International also condemns the widespread use of excessive force by Israeli forces against Palestinian demonstrators across the occupied West Bank, and their failure to protect Palestinians from a wave of settler attacks.

Date:
9 October 2015
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 15/2633/2015
  • Research
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Killings and Disappearances

Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Families under the rubble: Israeli attacks on inhabited homes

Among the targets of Israeli air strikes during Operation Protective Edge in July and August 2014 were inhabited multi-storey family homes. In this report Amnesty International examines Israeli attacks carried out on inhabited civilian homes in the light of Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law, specifically the rules on the conduct of hostilities. It does so by focusing on eight cases, in which targeted Israeli attacks resulted in the deaths of at least 111 people and destroyed civilian homes.

Date:
5 November 2014
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 15/032/2014
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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Mounting evidence of deliberate attacks on Gaza health workers by Israeli army

An immediate investigation is needed into mounting evidence that the Israel Defense Forces launched apparently deliberate attacks against hospitals and health professionals in Gaza, which have left six medics dead, said Amnesty International as it released disturbing testimonies from doctors, nurses, and ambulance personnel working in the area. “The harrowing descriptions by ambulance drivers and other medics of the utterly impossible situation in which they have to work, with bombs and bullets killing or injuring their colleagues as they try to save lives, paint a grim reality of life in Gaza,” said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
7 August 2014
  • Research
  • Palestine (State of)
  • Armed Conflict

Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Open letter to the UN Security Council on the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

In this open letter Amnesty International calls for the Security Council to take effective steps to address the extremely grave human rights and humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip and Israel. The organization urges the Security Council to build on the Presidential Statement of 28 July 2014 by issuing a binding resolution which includes in its demands a call on all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law and protect civilians.

Date:
1 August 2014
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 15/020/2014
  • Research
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Armed Conflict

Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories: The International Criminal Court must investigate war crimes

An International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation is essential to break the culture of impunity which perpetuates the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The case for such action is made all the more compelling in the light of the ongoing serious violations of international humanitarian law being committed by all parties to the current hostilities in the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Date:
1 August 2014
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 15/019/2014
  • Research
  • Palestine (State of)
  • Armed Conflict

Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories: United Nations Human Rights Council Twenty-first Special Session 23 July 2014: The human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

In this statement, Amnesty International urges the Security Council to impose an immediate arms embargo on Israel, Hamas and Palestinian armed groups with the aim of preventing further serious violations of human rights. As Israeli forces continue the relentless bombardment of Gaza and Hamas and Palestinian armed groups persist in firing indiscriminate rockets at Israeli towns, it is imperative that the Human Rights Council sends the clearest possible message that all parties must stop the violence and respect international humanitarian law and human rights.

Date:
23 July 2014
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 15/015/2014
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories: Trigger-happy: Israel’s use of excessive force in the West Bank

Israeli forces have repeatedly violated their obligations under international human rights law by using excessive force to stifle dissent and freedom of expression, resulting in a pattern of unlawful killings and injuries to civilians. They do so with virtual impunity due to the authorities’ failure to conduct thorough investigations. This report focuses on the use of excessive force in the West Bank since the beginning of 2011.

Date:
27 February 2014
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 15/002/2014