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In Excessive Use of Force, Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian in al-Duheisha Refugee Camp, South of Bethlehem

Ref:
09/2015

 

On
Tuesday morning, 24 February 2015, in excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed
a Palestinian civilian in al-Duheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. Israeli
forces moved into the refugee camp to arrest a number of Palestinians and
opened fire at a number of Palestinian youngsters who gathered and threw stones
and empty bottles at the soldiers.

 

According
to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR),
at approximately 01:30 on the abovementioned day, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into al-Duheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, to
arrests a number of Palestinians. A number of Palestinian youngsters gathered
and threw stones, empty bottles and fireworks at Israeli soldiers, who opened
fire at the youngsters and houses. As a result, 19-year-old Jihad Shehada
Abdullah al-Ja’fari sustained a bullet wound to the right shoulder. He was
wounded at approximately 03:40, but he was admitted to al-Yamama Hospital in
al-Khader village, southwest of Bethlehem, at approximately 04:10. He was
transported to the hospital by an ambulance of Palestine Red Crescent Society.
A medical source at the abovementioned hospital stated that al-Ja’fari was
admitted to the hospital dead. Eyewitnesses said that he was on the roof of his
family house, which overlooks the main street in the refugee camp, and that he
was shot by Israeli soldiers positioned on the other side of the street,
opposite to the house.

 

PCHR
appreciates the step taken by the Palestinian Attorney-General to refer the
corpse of al-Ja’fari to Abu Dees Forensic Institute upon the request of his
family to document the Israeli crimes. Al-Ja’fari’s father said that the family
made that request to document the Israeli crimes and attacks on Palestinian civilians.
It should be noted that the deceased was a cookery student at Talitha Kumi
Community College in Beit Jala.

 

PCHR
is deeply concerned over this crime, which further proves the use of excessive
force by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians, in disregard for the
civilians’ lives. Therefore, PCHR calls upon the international community to
take immediate and effective actions and reiterates its call for the High
Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their
obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and to ensure respect for the
Convention in all circumstances, and their obligation under Article 146 to
prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva
Convention. These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the
same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions.