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Israeli Soldier Shoots HandCuffed Palestinian Detainee with Rubber Coated Steel Bullet

Posted by uscsjp on July 22, 2008

(Photo: AlJazeera)

“Yesterday (20 July), B’Tselem published footage it received of a soldier firing a rubber-coated steel bullet, from extremely short range, at a Palestinian detainee who was cuffed and blindfolded. The act occurred about two weeks ago in the presence of several security forces, among them the battalion commander, a lieutenant colonel, who held the Palestinian’s arm while the soldier fired…”

–B’Tselem, July 21, 2008

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Also, from Democracy Now,

“Palestinian Man Shot by Israel Speaks Out

Israel is continuing to come under criticism following the release of a video showing an Israel soldier shooting a Palestinian prisoner in handcuffs. The video was released to the news media by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem. On Monday, the Palestinian man who was shot, Ashraf Abu Rahmeh, described what happened.

Ashraf Abu Rahmeh: ‘They handcuffed me and placed me under the sun for about three hours. Then they picked me up, walked me for a little bit and shot at me. I found myself on the ground. They told me, ‘We are going to fire a rubber bullet at you,’ and I did not imagine that this is how they were going to act: to open fire at me while I am handcuffed.’

Rahmeh was detained while protesting against Israel’s construction of a wall through the West Bank. Palestinian activist Abdallah Abu Rahmeh called on the World Court to investigate the shooting.

Abdallah Abu Rahmeh: ‘This policy should be condemned internationally through human rights organizations, and they should be punished via an international court and not an Israeli court. At the end of the day, they will be released. The officer, after a month or two or a short period, he is in prison in front of the media but not in reality.'”

–Democracy Now, July 22, 2008


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