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EU, UN concerned by Israeli live fire against Palestinians
Published Wednesday 30/01/2013 (updated) 02/02/2013 11:33
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Palestinian women attend the funeral of Lubna Hanash in
Bethlehem Jan. 23, 2013. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The European Union and the United Nations expressed concern on Wednesday about Israel's use of lethal forces against Palestinians following a rise in fatal shootings.

The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah said in a statement that they were "deeply concerned by the number of Palestinians killed recently."

The EU noted that Israeli authorities were investigating the deaths and called for restraint "except in cases where there is a real and imminent threat to life."

Meanwhile, UN humanitarian coordinator James W. Rawley also expressed concern at the rise in casualties resulting from live fire by Israeli forces in the West Bank.

"Eight Palestinian civilians, including three minors and one woman, have been killed since mid-November in separate incidents in the West Bank," a statement from his office said.

"Using live ammunition against civilians may constitute excessive use of force and any such occurrences should be investigated in a timely, thorough, independent and impartial manner. Individuals found responsible must be held accountable," the statement added.

On Wednesday, 15-year-old Salih al-Amarin, from Azza refugee camp, died in hospital after Israeli forces shot him in the head during clashes in Bethlehem a few days earlier.

The same day, Lubna Hanash, 22, was shot in the head when Israeli soldiers in a civilian car opened fire at a group standing at the entrance to al-Arrub refugee camp south of Bethlehem.

At least five Palestinians have been fatally shot by Israeli forces in January. Israel's army denied responsibility for the death of a sixth man shot dead along the Gaza border.

A report published Monday by Israeli rights group B'Tselem said that Israel's army "extensively and systematically violated" rules barring deadly retaliation for non-lethal assault.

"In practice, members of the security forces make almost routine use of these weapons in unlawful, dangerous ways, and the relevant Israeli authorities do too little to prevent the recurrence of this conduct," the report said.
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1 ) matt / usa
30/01/2013 22:54
but no concern of rockets and molotov cocktails i presume

2 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
31/01/2013 00:01
Deep concern is hardly enough. Despite the murder of these young people, the UEFA has announced that the international world cup for junior players will be held in Israel, whose army killed 3 boys playing football in Gaza (the youngest only 13) in November. World bodies of which Israel is a member need to imagine and enact concrete sanctions if things are to change.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
31/01/2013 00:27
"Using live ammunition against civilians may constitute excessive use of force..." But it's such an old Israeli tradition. You wouldn't deny a people its traditions, would you? Where would Israel be without the weekly or so murder of a Palestinian? Israel just wouldn't be Israel without regular killings.

4 ) southparkbear / usa
31/01/2013 00:29
i'd worry about 192 nations rules of conduct before worrying about israel. Unless that is you acknowledge they are the best and you aim to set the standard higher with the most considerate army

5 ) Robby / USA
31/01/2013 03:21
"EU, UN concerned by Syrian live fire against Palestinians" - Oh, guess not.

6 ) Reader / from Edmonton
31/01/2013 05:36
Just mortar and bricks to build Greater Israel.

7 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
31/01/2013 08:40
Too bad they never take the same level of concern with live fire by Palestinians against Israelis.

8 ) whatabout live fire against S / Syrians
31/01/2013 08:44
Malis Lebanese Yemens Iranians Tunisians Egyptians why select Israel?

9 ) shirleyS / Australia
31/01/2013 09:03
the EU have no right to start disecting and issuing statements about when lethal force is allowed or not allowed PALESTINIANS HAVE RIGHT TO FIGHT OCCUPATION BY ANY MEANS UNDER INT LAW and any assault or killing by Isreal is illegaland so is their illegal settlementsand the PA have done nothing to strengthen pals position by joining further UN bodies or a plan to stop the wall etcor support prisoners

10 ) Sara / Australia
31/01/2013 09:31
Oh, EU and UN are concerned. So nice of them to be concerned. Hypocrisy at its best! What are they going to do about it? Telling the Israelis, you naughty, naughty children to day you go to bed without dinner! I am sure the ones hit are also concerned if they are still able to be.

11 ) charliehebdo / paris
31/01/2013 16:35
we, the french army are bombing mali with chewing gum

12 ) MK Ultra / Ireland
31/01/2013 16:36
UK/UN concerned about ISreali live fire against Palestinians? Wow! And to think that it only took them 75 years to notice. Maybe in another 75 years they may or may not do something about it? I'm not hopeful though.

13 ) @ Matt/USA / USA
31/01/2013 16:39
If they're not concerned about white phosphorous and depleted uranium (another other weapons of mass destruction) being dropped from fighter jets on caged, unarmed civilians , why should they be concerned about rockets and molotov cocktails.

14 ) southparkbear / usa / USA
31/01/2013 16:41
Yes, you would which is the reason why you're not concerned about the criminal actions of ISreal because you're too busy looking elsewhere so you can justify crimes against humanity. BTW, you do realize that what you are doing is comparing and putting the illegitimate project known as "ISreal" right up there with the rest of those other nations, right? Thanks for bringing that to our attention.

15 ) Brian Cohen / Israel / USA
31/01/2013 16:44
Of course, Brian Cohen, the world realizes that the Palestinians don't have the right to defend themselves from their occupiers and abusers. Only you poor, poor, ISrealites have that right. We also realize that to you, "self-defense" means when a people you have victimized and terrorized for over 8 decades fight you back, you have the "right" to claim that you're being attacked. History and reality be damned. Maan shouldn't post Hasbara like that, after all, your papers wouldn't do it.

16 ) @ Brian Cohen / Israel / USA
31/01/2013 16:45
Well, if you weren't invading, occupying and committing genocide on the Palestinians, they wouldn't have to fire at you mongrels to defend themselves, would they?

17 ) @whatabout live fire against S / Syria
31/01/2013 16:46
What about it? This is not about Syria, this is about ISreal killing Palestinians, something they've been doing the 1920s. But nice attempt at deflecting attention from the real issue which is ISreal's crimes against humanity. Hasbara 101, failed!

18 ) gabi / australia
01/02/2013 02:35
I think Brian Cohen's comments are actually a job application - the job being to teach hasbara to Israeli schoolchildren.

19 ) ian / australia
01/02/2013 09:38
#1, #4, #5, #7, #8, I never get this. What have other people's crimes got to do with crimes committed by YOU? "Yes, your Honour. I stole the TV but THAT guy KILLED someone!" It's not relative. "They do it too" is not a defense. Everyone is held accountable for their own actions eventually (or should be). And Hamas hardly gets a free pass. It's villified as a "terrorist organisation" and totally isolated. Israel's latest killing spree IS appalling, the victims being largely innocent Palestinian

20 ) ian / australia
01/02/2013 09:38
(contd.) bystanders, like Lubna Hanash may her soul rest in perfect peace who was just sadly in the wrong place at the wrong time when some demented soldiers decided they were bored, and the EU and UN should be "concerned".

21 ) Arnold / Canada
01/02/2013 19:20
If the UN is so concerned then the UN needs to do the following: a. Explain to Gazans not to approach the fence. B. Explain to all Palestinians yes they have the right to fight the occupation but at a risk to their lives. c. The UN needs to explain to the Palestinians that the time has come to negotiate the best deal they can get now. Waiting longer means they will have less and less to negotiate with.

22 ) Colin Wright / USA
02/02/2013 01:10
To Brian Cohen #7 'Too bad they never take the same level of concern with live fire by Palestinians against Israelis.' Leaving aside the minor detail of what actually happens, I'll point out to you that we cancelled that $3 billion a year in military aid to Palestine long ago. In fact, I don't think they've got a single squadron of F-16's, not did we restock their cluster bombs.

23 ) Colin Wright / USA
02/02/2013 01:15
Re Brian Cohen #7 'Too bad they never take the same level of concern with live fire by Palestinians against Israelis.' On reflection, the vicious fatuity of Brian's remark really is stunning. It really is like listening to some ex-Nazi complain about how no one ever looked at the all the evil acts of terrorism those fierce bad Poles committed against the poor Germans who were occupying them. Scale was a bit different, but in principle, the two situations are almost identical.

24 ) mplo / USA
02/02/2013 18:06
it's one thing to criticize and condemn the Israeli government's policies of Occupation in West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem (which I personally think are vile, btw), and to demand that the occupation be ended, but to say that Israel has no right to exist as an independent, sovereign nation is another. I consider this latter opinion completely wrong. The only safe, sane and sensible solution is the two-state solution.

25 ) ian / australia
02/02/2013 23:38
#21 Perhaps you could explain the following Arnold: a. how Israel can declare a "no-go-zone" IN Gazan territory where it clearly has no jurisdiction, b. why Israel thinks it can operate OUTSIDE rules of war (and occupation) shooting anyone inc. unarmed civilians who come near it, c. why YOU appear to think "negotiations" is like arm wrestling for a beer in a bar...something the strong guy "wins" and d. why things already ruled on by international courts need to be "negotiated" at all.

26 ) Reader / from Edmonton
05/02/2013 16:03
Why do Hasbarists justify Israel's crimes by citing others' crimes? Is it supposed to mitigate Israel's crimes? It's not working.
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