Israeli Soldiers Who Shot Teen were at No Risk, Says Red Crescent

JENIN, November 2, 2015 (WAFA) –Israeli soldiers near al-Jalameh checkpoint, north of Jenin killed a Palestinian teenager early Monday even though he did not pose a threat at 100 meters away from the checkpoint, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Witnesses told WAFA that 16-year-old Ahmad Abu Rub was standing at a fuel station 100 meters away from the checkpoint, which dismisses the Israeli narrative that he attempted to stab Israeli soldiers.

The Israeli military denied access of medical crews to the scene, and Abu Rob was left to bleed for more than half an hour before he succumbed to serious wounds.

In a report published last Tuesday, Amnesty International said at least four incidents in which Palestinians were deliberately shot dead by Israeli forces actually posed no imminent threat. It said the incidents “appear to have been extrajudicial executions”.

“In some cases, the person shot was left bleeding to death on the ground and was not given prompt medical assistance, in violation of the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment,” the organization said.

Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Amnesty International, said: “A clear pattern has emerged of lethal force being used unlawfully by Israeli forces following a wave of recent stabbing attacks by Palestinians against Israeli civilians and military or police forces in Israel and the occupied West Bank.”

“There is mounting evidence that, as tensions have risen dramatically, in some cases Israeli forces appear to have ripped up the rulebook and resorted to extreme and unlawful measures. They seem increasingly prone to using lethal force against anyone they perceive as posing a threat, without ensuring that the threat is real.”