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IOF Kills Disabled Child in Central Gaza

category international | rights, freedoms and repression | press release author Thursday August 18, 2011 02:15author by Pchr - solidarity Report this post to the editors

Palestinian child from al-Nussairat refugee camp, who was 400 meters from the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

1. Asserts that these crimes are part of a series of war crimes committed by IOF with total disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians.2. Calls upon the international community to take immediate actionagainst IOF and IDF in order to put an end to such war crimes.

al-Nuseirat, palestine
al-Nuseirat, palestine

In a New Crime, IOF Kills Disabled Child in Central Gaza http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?view=articl...d=194 http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?view=articl...d=194 http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_...9MTk0 Wednesday, 17 August 2011 10:30

Ref: 83/2011

On Tuesday evening, 16 August 2011, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) killed a Palestinian child from al-Nussairat refugee camp, who was 400 meters from the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. The victim's family told a PCHR field worker that their child had a mental disability. The victim was in an area that had not been explicitly declared as prohibited.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 18:00 on Tuesday, 16 August 2011, Israeli soldiers stationed at the border northeast of Deir al-Balah opened fire at a Palestinian, who was nearly 400 meters from the border. As a result, he was wounded by 10 bullets in his head and chest. He was left wounded without being offered any first aid. After coordination was made with IOF, at approximately 19:20, medical crews were able to retrieve the body, which was then transferred to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah. After four hours later, the child was identified as Sa'd Abdul Rahim Mahmoud al-Majdalwai, 17, from al-Nussairat refugee camp. He was hit by 10 live bullets mostly to the head. In his testimony to PCHR, the victim's father said that his son had been suffering from a mental disability and a speech impairment.

The Israeli radio reported that IOF observed a person approaching the security fence, and shot him. This version of events confirms that IOF could have arrested or used less than lethal force against him, especially as he was wearing civilian clothes and there was nothing to indicate that he was a non-civilian.

It should be noted that on Tuesday morning, the Gaza Strip witnessed several shooting and shelling attacks on civilian areas and military training sites. As a result of this shelling and shooting, a Palestinian resistance man was killed and two others were seriously wounded in Gaza City. A child and another person were wounded in Khan Yunis and Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip.

PCHR condemns and expresses concerned over this crime, and:

1. Asserts that these crimes are part of a series of war crimes committed by IOF in the oPt, which reflect total disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians.

2. Calls upon the international community to take immediate action in order to put an end to such crimes. PCHR further renews its demand for the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligation under Article 1, which stipulates "the High Contracting Parties undertake to respect and to ensure respect for the present Convention in all circumstances," as well as their obligations under Article 146 which requires that the Contracting Parties 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 under Protocol I Additional to Geneva Conventions.

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author by Des - Nonepublication date Thu Aug 18, 2011 19:27author address author phone Report this post to the editors

No mention of this appalling act on RTE, though of course, they headlined the attack on the Isaeli bus on their website.

author by TNpublication date Thu Aug 18, 2011 20:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

to attack the Israeli bus, but not vice-versa?

author by Rosenbudpublication date Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:49author address author phone Report this post to the editors

actually, in war, attacking soldiers is generally considered 'ok'.

Israel claims it is at war with Hamas.

Whinging about soldiers being attacked is pathetic, when Israel attacks REAL innocents, women and children, every day of the week

author by Junior B Hurlerpublication date Fri Aug 19, 2011 13:27author address author phone Report this post to the editors

And soldiers wives, and civilians going on holidays,  you seem to have conveniently forgot to mention that.

author by Military historianpublication date Fri Aug 19, 2011 14:06author address author phone Report this post to the editors

as far as I know all the victims were members of the Israeli Military - I know of no confirmed civilian victims of this attack - if as Jnr states there were civilians present on the bus then it is possible to deplore the violence yet commend the attackers for their professionalism, if nothing else.

If only the Israelis showed such regard for civilian life when they launch their attacks on gaza and Lebanon to name but two

according to this report from the Jewish Chronicle - http://www.thejc.com/news/israel-news/53367/10-wounded-...ttack - "UK intelligence community suggested that the attacks may well have been masterminded by an al-Qaeda cell infiltrating from Sinai. The intelligence maintained that the attacks were beyond the capability of Hamas."

If it was the elusive Al Q then it was a Security Services 'false-flag' attack designed to conjur-up a pretence for war on Gaza, since it is well-documented that Al Q are essentially an extension of US, UK and even Israeli militaries/Securitiy Services.

author by opus diablos - the regressive hypocrite partypublication date Fri Aug 19, 2011 15:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

...a set up for reclamation of Sinai as a buffer, given the current volatility in former staunch ally Egypt?

author by Military Historianpublication date Fri Aug 19, 2011 23:42author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Gaza residents: IDF troops posing as Hamas men- 01/13/2009 - By Amira Hass, Haaretz Correspondent

The testimonies of Gaza Strip residents are revealing new details about the Israel Defense Forces' mode of operation there. In the past two days, Beit Lahia residents forced from their homes said soldiers were posing as members of Hamas' armed wing while advancing on the ground. The daily pauses in bombing allow Gazans to meet with the displaced - most of whom are housed in an UNRWA school - and hear their stories. Gaza resident S. told Haaretz he heard several people say they saw armed men wearing the uniforms and symbols of the Iz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, who "called out to each other in Arabic, as if they had caught a collaborator, and then, with the element of surprise, went into the houses." A Gaza radio station warned that troops posing as locals were driving a vehicle normally used by paramedics. Residents said the radio broadcaster listed the vehicle's license plate number and color. Haaretz has also learned that one of the army's methods for evacuating a home is to fire a missile toward its upper level. That is how B.'s house in Sajaiyeh was destroyed. It was bombed just a few minutes after a missile struck and 40 shell-shocked family members walked out of the house. The IDF has also forced at least 40,000 people to leave their homes in agricultural and border areas. In Rafah, most of the 20,000 people removed from their homes were lodging with relatives and not in UNRWA facilities.

Censored Haaretz story on Israeli's disguised as Hamas
Censored Haaretz story on Israeli's disguised as Hamas

author by Rosenbudpublication date Sat Aug 20, 2011 01:38author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Israelis on a 'terror tactics' training course dressed in typically 'Arab' clothing. Why would Israelis in this picture nearly all dress in typically 'Arab' clothing?

idfdressedasarabs.jpg

author by Rosenbudpublication date Sat Aug 20, 2011 01:54author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Two days before the attack the Israeli Finance Ministry proposed halving the defense budget - then this attack happens.

Israel is essentially run by a Fascist Military-Industrial-Security complex, which frequently terrorises it's own population in order to strengthen it's own hold on power within Israel.

as the article below states, the Israelis have recently allowed the Egyptians to increase troop-levels in the Sinai beyond that allowed for in the treaties the two have agreed on. At the time many people were surprised that Israel was so accommodating towards the Egyptian requests, though some maintained that it was merely saving money, allowing the Egyptians to do the job of the IOF

Now maybe we have our answer as to why they were so unusually accommodating towards Egypt.

Given the stranglehold the Israeli Military-Industrial-Security complex has on Israeli society it is certainly possible that the Israeli Military-Industrial-Security complex is behind this attack.

They certainly do seem to 'need' a war soon, as the fractures within Israeli society are become more pronounced. One way that essentially-fascist societies have of dealing with such internal division is to try and start a war so as to create a seemingly real external enemy toward which societal anger can be directed.

Traditionally Palestinians, and Gazans in particular, have filled that role, but perhaps the Fascist Military-Industrial-Security complex in Israel now seeks to drag the Egyptians into the frame?

Mubarak falls, Sinai terror rises http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/mubarak-f...79331

. . . .Over the past few months, Israel has allowed the Egyptian army to increase its forces in Sinai a number of times, allowing much larger Egyptian forces there than the Camp David Accords allowed for, including the entry of thousands of Egyptian soldiers and tanks in the El Arish region and northern Sinai, within the framework of a widespread mission against al-Qaida. It is now evident that the Egyptian efforts alone are not enough, and that the Israel Defense Forces who over the past three decades has been able to reduce its forces along the Egyptian border, focusing instead on reinforcing the northern border, West Bank and Gaza Strip will now have-to strengthen its presence in the south.

This is not just a case of transferring security forces. There is a far greater need to complete the construction of the southern border and its fortification via advanced observation posts, which requires hundreds of millions of shekels in increased funding for the security budget. The Finance Ministrys spin two days ago about halving the security budget ended within 48 hours, as the gunmen opened fire near Eilat.

Beyond the financial aspect, Israels security heads will need to get used to a state in which, as it seems, they cannot depend on its ally, the Egyptian army, to protect its southern front.

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