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Israeli forces “have intentionally shot children. They have intentionally shot people with disabilities, they have intentionally shot journalists…”
“We found that one person, a double amputee, was shot and killed as he sat in his wheelchair (video below). On two separate days, two people visibly walking on crutches, were shot in the head…”
GENEVA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli security forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in killing 189 Palestinians and wounding more than 6,100 at weekly protests in Gaza last year, United Nations investigators said on Thursday.
The independent panel said it had confidential information about those it believes to be responsible for the unlawful killings, including Israeli army snipers and commanders. It called on Israel to prosecute them.
“The Israeli security forces killed and maimed Palestinian demonstrators who did not pose an imminent threat of death or serious injury to others when they were shot, nor were they directly participating in hostilities,” it said, adding that the protests had been “civilian in nature”.
The victims included children, journalists, and a double amputee who was in a wheelchair.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the report and accused the U.N. Human Rights Council, which launched the probe, of hypocrisy and lies fueled by “an obsessive hatred for Israel”.
Israel has said its forces opened fire to protect the border from incursions and attacks by armed militants.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the findings confirmed that “Israel conducts war crimes against our people in Gaza and the West Bank, including in Jerusalem”.
The International Criminal Court should act immediately and investigate the matter, he said in a statement.
Gazans protest strangling blockade, confiscation of land
Protests at the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip began in March last year, with Gazans demanding Israel ease a blockade of the enclave and recognition of their right to return to lands their families fled or were forced from when Israel was founded in 1948.
The panel found that 183 of the 189 protesters were killed with live ammunition. It voiced deep concern at the undisclosed rules of engagement drawn up by Israeli civilian and military leadership that “apparently permitted live fire at demonstrators as a last resort…and to shoot at the legs of ‘main inciters’.”
Israel’s notion of ‘main inciters’ does not exist in international law, it said.
Some 122 wounded have had a limb amputated, including 20 children, it said.
No Israeli soldier was killed at the protests, although one was killed on a demonstration day but not at a protest site, while four were injured, the panel said.
An Israeli military spokeswoman disputed this, saying the soldier was killed during a riot nearby that was “designed to draw in soldiers so as to attack them”.
And America supports and pays for these actions almost in full. Which is even more disgusting.
America has become a shithole slave state – sending our precious children to die for the benefit of murdering psychopaths who would nuke is without so much as a second glance.