Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Campaign: A message from Moira Jilani on behalf of her executed hubandd

From the International Solidarity Movement

My beloved husband, Ziad Jilani, was executed by Israeli Border Policeman, Maxim Vinogradov on June 11, 2010. There is undeniable evidence that my husband was lying unarmed and wounded on the ground, posing no threat when Israeli Border Policeman Maxim Vinogradov shot him point blank in the head. Despite the multiple contradictions, revisions and blatant lies in the testimony of the soldier who killed him, exposed by the autopsy, the Israeli authorities have closed the case against Maxim Vinogradov and his commander Shadi Kheir Al-Din.

The closing of the case against Ziad’s killer is a clear message to Israeli soldiers: simply claim that you suspect a Palestinian is a terrorist and you will not be held accountable if you execute him or her. My daughters and I have appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court to demand Israel’s state prosecutor bring criminal charges against Ziad’s killer and his commander. We seek international support, not only to get justice for Ziad but also to save the lives of future potential victims by sending Israeli soldiers the message that they can be held accountable for killing innocent people. Help us change this message.

Sign the petition demanding that Israel’s state prosecuter press charges against Ziad’s killer!

Email if you can organize a memorial for Ziad in your city on June 11th.

Videos: Israeli soldiers stand and watch as settlers attack Palestinians

Israeli human rights group, B'Tselem, has released footage that shows Israeli soldiers standing by as settlers open fire on Palestinian villagers on Saturday 19th May.

The footage shows a group of settlers from Yitzhar descending on Asira al-Qibliya and a group of young Palestinians confronting them – rocks are thrown by both groups. It is important to note at this stage that there are no burning fields.

What happens next was filmed from two different angles. The footage now shows armed settlers – in white t-shirts – standing very close to the village and the Palestinian fields behind them are now burning. A group of Israeli soldiers can now be seen amongst the settlers.

One of the settlers can be seen armed with a 'Tavor' rifle which is only used by infantry soldiers, raising the suspicion that he is a soldier on leave.

The Palestinian youths start throwing stones at the settlers and two settlers respond by opening fire at a young Palestinian who falls to the ground. His fellow villagers rush out to drag him away.


The third video shows the same scene from a different angle. In this video we can see a third settler take aim and fire with a handgun. We can also see the Israeli soldiers make no attempt to stop or apprehend the settlers.

The injury sustained by the young Palestinian man can be seen more clearly in this video. The villagers rush to carry him back to the village, shouting in defiance. He was hospitalised after receiving a head wound which wasn't serious.

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