Sunday, April 22
Latest News
  1. Israeli settlers attempt to take over Palestinian homes in Hebron
  2. 15-year-old boy among 4 killed by Israeli snipers in Gaza
  3. On 4th Friday of protests in Gaza, 2 dead, over 40 wounded
  4. 25-year-old Palestinian succumbs to wounds sustained in Gaza protests
  5. Israeli settlers raid Ramallah-area village, spray racist graffiti
  6. Palestinian critically injured in the head during protests in Gaza
  7. Gaza activists move tents 50 meters closer to security fence
  8. Israeli police detain Palestinian at Qalandiya checkpoint
  9. Israel issues 41 administrative orders to Palestinian prisoners
  10. Israeli forces shell southern Gaza, injuring 5 Palestinians

Amnesty calls for investigation into Nakba Day deaths

May 18, 2011 2:52 P.M. (Updated: May 20, 2011 8:28 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A "full, impartial and independent investigation" must be launched into the Israeli military’s use of force against Palestinians and Syrian Durze during Sunday protests which saw 13 killed, international rights group Amnesty International said.

Ten Palestinian refugees were killed as they commemorated the 1948 expulsion from their homes and villages in what is now Israel, another two Syrian Druze were killed by Israeli fire as they breached the border dividing the Golan Heights in a protest demanding their right to return, and one Palestinian was killed in Gaza was killed as he joined a protest commemorating those killed in the fighting that accompanied the creation of the state of Israel.

In its call for an investigation, Amnesty criticized Israel for its characterization of the events marking the Palestinian Nakba - the "catastrophe" of 1948 - "as 'riots' and attempts to 'infiltrate' into Israel illegally, and in several of the protests, demonstrators threw rocks towards Israeli troops," noting that in no accounts have Israeli officials "claimed that any protesters fired on Israeli troops."

Troops responded to the events "by firing live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, artillery shells and tear gas against the protesters," prompting serious concern from the organization, which characterized the response as one of "excessive force, killing and maiming individuals who were not posing a threat to the lives of the soldiers or others."
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2018