Archive for the ‘Qalandiya’ tag
During a “Land Day” protest in Gaza, 20 year old Mahmoud Zakut was shot to death by IDF soldiers. Zakut was shot near the Erez crossing in the north of the Gaza strip. According to Palestinian sources, 80 protesters were injured in clashes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including Palestinian Parliament Member Mustafa Barghouti, who was struck in the head by a gas canister. In Rachel Crossing near Bethlehem 3 Palestinians were injured, one of them moderately injured when a piece of shrapnel from a gas canister hit his eye. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, 340 people were injured in protests across the West Bank.
A Palestinian man protesting near the Qalandiya military checkpoint was killed by IDF fire. The man, Tala’at Ramia from A-Ram, was shot in his chest during the protest, and died later from his wounds. The IDF Spokesperson Unit said that the Palestinian fired fireworks at the soldiers, who felt endangered by it, and responded by opening fire.
A weekly report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reveals that security forces had injured 204 Palestinians in the West Bank this week, including at least 60 children, most of them at demonstrations in memory of the Nakba Day on May 15. Four security forces men were injured as well. The clashes included mainly stone throwing by protesters, and firing live ammunition, metal bullets with rubber covering, and tear gas by Israeli troops. Most of the clashes took place in East Jerusalem, especially in the Old City and near the Qalandiya and Shuafat barriers. Also, Palestinians were injured during the weekly demonstrations against the separation fence in Bil’in and Na’alin, and against the expansion of the Halamish settlement within the village of Nabi Saleh. In Gaza, soldiers killed a 16-year-old retarded boy. During a Palestinian demonstration in Beit Lahiya, near the Erez border crossing, Israeli forces opened fire with live ammunition on unarmed demonstrators, injuring 103 people, including 33 boys. In addition, several tank shells were fired within 300 meters of the demonstrators, to stop the parade.
The Samaria-Judea District of the police has recommended not to prosecute Border Patrol policemen who shot left-wing demonstrator Emily Henochowitz in the eye half a year ago, in Qalandyia. Henochowitz was wounded by a gas cannister shot by a Border Patrol soldier. Her family claims that she was targeted directly, in violation of orders. Adv. Michael Sfard, who represents the family, claims that the police investigators were negligent in their work. He claims that no testimony was collected from eye-witnesses, including the Haaretz journalism team, which photographed it as it occurred. Sfard stated that “the J-S district police is the Border Patrol’s waste-treatment plant [sic]. Every investigation of a killing or wounding ends up smelling of no guilt. This case proves that the negligence borders on cover-up. Anyone who thinks that there is no need to investigate objective eye-witnesses who stated that the Border Patrol policeman aimed directly is obstructing the investigation and admitting that it has no intention of discovering the truth.” (Hebrew)
The SHAY (Shomron ve’Yehuda) district of the police recommended not to indict two Border Guardsmen who wounded Emily Hanukovich in the eye. Hanukovich, a leftist protester, was hit six months ago by a gas canister fired to her face by a Border Guardsmen, According to her family, the canister was shot directly at her, contrary to regulations. Adv. Michael Sfard, representing the family, claims that the police interrogators were negligent; he says witnesses, among them a team of Haaretz newspaper who photographed the event, were not questioned. Sfard said further that “The SHAY district is the Border Guard’s waste disposal facility. Every death or injury investigation ends with the fragrance of lack of guilt. This case proves the negligence borders on coverup. Anyone who thinks there no need to interrogate objective witnesses, who said that the Border Guardsmen fired directly, obstructs justice and admits he has no intention of finding out the truth”. (Hebrew)