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IOF Extra-Judicially Execute Palestinian Activist in Nour al-Shams Refugee Camp East of Toulkarem

Ref: 84/2010


On Friday dawn, 17 September 2010,
the Israeli Occupation forces (IOF) committed a new extrajudicial execution
crime in Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. This crime claimed the life of Eyad Asa’ad
Ahmed Abu Shilabaya, 38, an activist of Hamas movement. The Israeli military spokesman claimed that
soldiers opened fire at Abu Shilabaya as they realizes that he "was posing
a threat to their lives." He stated that Abu Shilabaya who is
"wanted" continued to walk towards the soldiers while putting his
hands behind his back although the soldiers asked him to stop. According to the military spokesman’s claims,
the soldiers were afraid and opened fire accordingly. After checking the body of Abu Shilabaya, it
was found out that he did not have any weapons. Investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
(PCHR) revealed that the crime was committed in a bedroom with a single
door. Blood was just in front of the
bed, only approximately one meter far from the door. Such findings refutes the Israeli military spokesman’s


According to investigations
conducted by PCHR and statements given by eyewitness, at approximately 02:00 on
Friday, 17 September 2010, backed by approximately 25 military vehicles, IOF
moved into Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. Many Israeli soldiers surrounded a house
belonging to the family of Mohammed Asa’ad Ahmed Abu Shilabaya, 40, and then
blew up the entrance of the house. They
raided the house while the residents were sleeping. When Mohammed Abu Shilabaya got up, one of
the soldiers questioned him about his relatives who live in Nour Shams refugee
camp. The soldiers then ordered him to
lead them to his uncle’s house. On their
way, they asked him about the house of his brother Eyad. He pointed to Eyad’s house and the soldiers
walked towards the house. The soldiers
noticed that the house is composed of two floors, so they asked Mohammed where
Eyad was living and asked him to describe the internal structure of the
house. Mohammed then saw them brining a
device and installing it near the door. They then connected it to the lock. They ordered him to turn his face to the opposite wall. He heard an explosion and he heard the
soldiers mounting the stairs of his brother’s house. He heard Eyad crying: "Who … Who is there?"
He then heard three bullets being fired. Approximately five minutes later, the soldiers took Mohammed inside
Eyad’s house and forced him to stay in a corner in a salon in the western part
of the house, less than five meters far from his brother’s bedroom. They asked him to turn his face to the
wall. Shortly later, Mohammed called his
brother loudly as he was anxious about him. One of the soldiers put his hand on Mohammed’s mouth to silence
him. Mohammed remained in the salon for
approximately 20 minutes, while the soldiers where in his brother’s room. Mohammed could hear the soldiers going down
the stairs. One of them asked him not to
move until they order him to do. He then
heard the neighbors talking. He asked
them about the soldiers and they told him that they had left. Mohammed walked towards his brother’s bedroom
to know what happened. Some of the
neighbors followed him. In the bedroom,
he saw blood on the ground, on the bed and on the wall. He also saw three used bullets. His brother was not there and no body knew
where he was.


Later, it was found out that IOF
transferred Eyad’s body to the Israeli Military Liaison Office, west of
Tulkarm. At approximately 06:00 on
Friday, they delivered the body to an ambulance of Palestinian Red Crescent
Society. The body was then taken to Dr.
Thabet Thabet Public Hospital in Tulkarm. Medical sources at the Hospital reported that Eyad was hit by three
bullets; one in the neck and two ones in the chest.


PCHR reiterates its condemnation for
this crime and expresses grave concern and:

  1. Asserts this crime is part of a series of continuous
    crimes committed by IOF in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) with
    total disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians.
  2. Reiterates condemnation for extra-judicial executions
    committed by IOF against Palestinian activists, and believes that they
    serve to increase tension in the region and threaten the lives of
    Palestinian civilians.
  3. Calls upon the international community to immediately
    intervene to stop such crimes, and calls upon the High Contracting Parties
    to the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in
    Time of War to fulfill their obligation under article 1 of the Convention
    to ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances, and their
    obligation under article 146 to search for and prosecute those who are
    responsible for perpetrating grave breaches of the Convention.  Such breaches constitute war crimes
    according to article 147 of the Convention and the Protocol Additional to
    the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 and Relating to the Protection of
    Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I).