Monday, 10 November 2014

Video captures execution of Palestinian citizen by Israeli police

At least thirty Palestinian citizens of Israel were arrested in the Galilee village of Kufr Kana on Sunday as protests spread over the cold-blooded police killing of a youth on Friday.

The video above shows Israeli police shooting 22-year-old Kheir Hamdan in Kufr Kana in circumstances that totally contradict their initial account.

“It is clear from the video footage that the shooting of Hamdan was a murder, as Hamdan did not pose an immediate threat to the lives of the police officers when they shot him,” the Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel said in a statement.

“Hamdan approached the officers’ van and banged on the windows with an object. The officers then opened the door of the van, got out and shot him from close range as he tried to run away from the scene, without giving any prior warning such as firing a shot into the air,” Adalah added.

“After the murder occurred, the police rushed to publish a false statement about the details of the incident, but later it became clear that cameras had documented the incident, showing that the police narrative was false and fabricated,” Adalah said.

Israeli police had previously told media that Hamdan was shot “when he tried to stab an officer during an attempt to arrest him for allegedly throwing a stun grenade in the town.”

“The officers’ actions clearly violate the open fire regulations of the police,” Adalah added. “The video also raises suspicion that the police shot Hamdan again after he was injured and had fallen to the ground.”

The group notes that “the police dragged Hamdan’s body in a humiliating manner while he was bleeding and threw him into the police van, as if they were carrying a meaningless object, instead of calling on rescue teams to save him.”

Adalah called for the officers involved in the shooting to be suspended immediately and for a criminal investigation to be opened under the supervision of Israel’s attorney general.

Adalah expressed pessimism that the existing system could result in accountability. “The experience of Arab citizens proves that the Israeli Police Investigation Unit (Mahash) will not seriously investigate an incident of an Arab citizen’s murder at the hands of the police, and will not take those responsible for the murder to trial,” attorney Hussein Abu Hussein said in the statement. more

Report: Soldier stabbed in Tel Aviv dies

An Israeli soldier who was stabbed Monday in Tel Aviv has died of his injuries, Israeli media reported Monday.

Almog Shiloni from Modiin, was stabbed Monday at Haganah train station in Tel Aviv, Israel's Ynet news site reported.

Israeli police arrested a Palestinian suspect from Nablus in his 20s, another Israeli news site reported.

A Ma'an reporter in Nablus said that the suspect was 18-year-old Nur al-Din Abu Hashya from Askar refugee camp in the city.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the victim was an Israeli soldier and said the attack was carried out by a Palestinian from the Nablus area in the northern West Bank.

She said the stabbing appeared to be politically motivated. more

Israeli killed in settlement stabbing, Palestinian suspect shot

Israeli media reported Monday that a Palestinian stabbed three settlers in the Jewish settlement of Alon Shvot near Bethlehem, killing an Israeli.

The Israeli news site Ynet reported that a Palestinian got out of his vehicle near a hitchhiking stop outside the settlement and stabbed three settlers, killing a woman.

An Israeli security guard shot the Palestinian suspect, who a Ma'an reporter said is from Hebron and is still alive in moderate condition.

Ynet said the female victim was a teenager but Maariv, another Israeli news site, said she was 26.

Magen David Adom paramedics came to the scene to treat the injured settlers, taking them to Hadassah Medical Center, Ynet said.

Israeli forces also arrived at the scene. more

Gaza exports fish to West Bank for first time since 2007

For the first time since 2007, fish caught by Palestinian fishermen in Gaza was allowed to enter the West Bank on Monday, an official said.

The PA director of crossings and borders told Ma'an that a truck carrying 600 kilograms (1,300 pounds) of fish was allowed to exit Gaza via the Kerem Shalom crossing to be sold in the West Bank.

Israeli authorities had said two weeks earlier that agricultural goods and fish would be allowed to be transferred to the West Bank.

On Thursday, a truck of cucumbers grown in the Gaza Strip was allowed by Israeli authorities to pass through the Kerem Shalon headed for Hebron, Gaza's first agricultural exports in seven years.

Israel agreed to ease the siege on Gaza in the ceasefire agreement that concluded a massive military offensive on Gaza over summer, which left nearly 2,200 Palestinians dead.

Before the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza following the Palestinian division in 2007, Gaza exported fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and products to the West Bank. more

Israeli forces open fire at Gaza fishermen, injure 3

Israeli gunboats shot and injured three Palestinian fishermen off the coat of the southern Gaza Strip late Sunday, witnesses told Ma'an.

The witnesses said Israeli forces shot at the boat until it took fire, and that fishermen in a nearby boat managed to pull the injured aboard and escape under heavy fire.

The injured fishermen were taken to Abu Yusuf al-Najjar hospital in Rafah.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an she would look into the incident.

The Aug. 26 ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian militant groups stipulated that Israel would immediately expand the fishing zone off Gaza's coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles from shore, and would continue to expand the area gradually. more