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Israel closes probe into Palestinian activist killing
Published Wednesday 11/09/2013 (updated) 14/09/2013 20:14
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JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel's army has decided to close an investigation into the killing of a Palestinian activist during a West Bank demonstration in 2009, an Israeli rights group said Tuesday.

According to B'Tselem, the military's prosecutor general had decided to close the case for lack of evidence.

Bassem Abu Rahmeh, 30, was struck in the chest by a tear-gas canister on April 17, 2009 at a protest in the village of Bilin, and died of his wounds.

Three video segments filmed during the protest prove that Abu Rahmah did not act violently and did not endanger the soldiers in any way, B'Tselem says.

Other soldiers in the same video can be seen firing tear-gas canisters directly at protestors in the presence of senior officers and in complete contravention of the open-fire regulations.

The army had decided to open an investigation into Abu Rahmeh's death in 2010 after a team of international experts found its forces had fired the tear gas in violation of regulations.

The non-governmental group Yesh Din, which took the case to the Israeli Supreme Court on behalf of Abu Rahmeh's family, deplored the decision to close the investigation.

"This decision is unacceptable, especially in light of international experts having determined that the tear gas was fired almost directly at Abu Rahmeh," it said in a statement.

"Despite three separate videos that recorded the killing of Bassem, the MP and police have failed to find the factors that caused the death of an unarmed demonstrator.

"The conduct of law enforcement bodies in this case is further proof of the feebleness of the authorities in cases of Palestinian casualties."

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1 ) Carlos / USA
11/09/2013 18:05
Murder by israel of unarmed civilians! What is new? Let us complain loud and clear to Government officials!

2 ) Robert / U.S.
11/09/2013 19:19
Where is John Kerry !! Where is any congressman ? Where is Obama ?. O yeah, their in bed with the filth

3 ) Zainab / UK
11/09/2013 20:55
"The Israeli Occupation will continue to assassinate life, and we will continue making life, teach our children to make life, and will continue planting olive trees" (Electronic Palestinian Resistance - Facebook) - "This is how I understand the struggle...To stand steadily like spears, and never give up." (Naji Al-Ali) - Until the world wakes up, the most (im)moral army in the world will continue to maim & kill with impunity & the only democracy in the M.East will continue to occupy stolen land.

4 ) Rami / Palestine
12/09/2013 08:18
Three videos, dozens of witnesses and the IDF closed the case due to "lack of evidence." Do you need further EVIDENCE that the Israelis are racist murderers?
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