Friday, 6 December 2013

Israeli forces attack protests commemorating Mandela across West Bank

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinians were injured and one detained as Israeli forces opened fire to disperse protests against the Israeli occupation and commemorating Nelson Mandela's death across the West Bank on Friday afternoon.

Protests against the Israeli occupation and separation wall took place in villages across the West Bank, including in Bilin, al-Masara, Kafr Qaddum, and Nabi Saleh.

Demonstrators raised slogans and posters of South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela in many villages, commemorating the legacy of the "freedom fighter" who passed away on Thursday.

Many Palestinian activists argue that the system of racial segregation in South Africa that existed until 1994 resembles the Israel treatment of Palestinians, referring to the current situation as "Israeli apartheid." more

Israel closes case on killing of Palestinian activist

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's Military Advocate General's Corps said Thursday that it decided to close an investigation into the death of Mustafa Tamimi, who was killed in 2011 after an Israeli soldier fired a tear-gas canister at him from point-blank range.

In a letter to Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, Military Advocate for Operational Matters Lt. Col. Ronen Hirsch said that the canister which killed Tamimi was fired "according to the relevant rules and regulations and did not involve any illegality."

The MAG Corps said it accepted the claim of the soldier that he did not see Tamimi while shooting the canister.

The Israeli body said it also relied on expert opinion which stated that the Israeli soldier could not see the Palestinian activist while firing.

"The decision not to file an indictment against the soldier who killed Mustafa Tamimi, nor against his commanders, conveys the indifference of the military law enforcement system to the lives of Palestinians in the West Bank, and specifically towards Tamimi's death," B'Tselem said. more