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PLO: Israel's new live fire law 'dehumanizes a whole nation'

Sept. 26, 2015 1:15 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 27, 2015 10:27 A.M.)
(AFP/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The PLO secretary-general said Saturday that new Israeli regulations authorizing forces to use live ammunition in occupied East Jerusalem served to "dehumanize" Palestinians.

Israel's security cabinet on Thursday broadened the rules whereby stone-throwers can be targeted with live fire, allowing Israeli forces to open fire when they determine that the life of a third party is under threat.

Arguing that the new law gifts Israeli soldiers with wide discretion for determining this "threat," PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat described the measures as "a mere pretext to justify the escalating Israeli crimes against the people of Palestine."

He said the new laws would expand the level under which Palestinians may be directly targeted by Israeli forces.

"The Israeli government continues to incite against Palestinian lives, with a culture of hate that dehumanizes a whole nation," Erekat said.

Erekat said the PLO would hold Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the members of the security cabinet responsible for "the new crimes to be committed under this new regulation," adding that any violations of international law carried out under the new law would be reported to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The new conditions for use of .22 caliber bullets -- long used as a crowd control method in the occupied West Bank -- in occupied East Jerusalem came days after Netanyahu "declared war" on stone-throwers amid increasing tensions in the area.

Israeli rights group B'Tselem warned last week that the approval of live fire against stone throwers in occupied East Jerusalem would "exacerbate the cycle of violence with lethal results" rather than restore order in the city.

‘Extrajudicial execution’

The PLO made their comments on the new regulations a day after Amnesty International accused Israel of carrying out an "extrajudicial execution" in the occupied West Bank earlier this week.

An 18-year-old Palestinian was shot by Israeli forces on Tuesday morning at a checkpoint in Hebron in what witnesses and video footage suggest was an act of disproportionate use of force.

Amnesty on Friday said that the young woman "at no time posed a sufficient threat to the soldiers to make their use of deliberate lethal force permissible."

The woman is believed to have held a concealed knife, and was shot multiple times after falling to the ground by Israeli forces who were standing on the other side of a 1.2 meter barrier.

Palestinian leadership intends to prosecute Israeli leaders in the ICC who they say are responsible for crimes against the Palestinian people that Israeli military investigations have failed to properly address.

Rights groups argue that Israel's current investigative mechanisms are unable to effectively carry out investigations into suspected violations of humanitarian law, partially due to systematic impunity given to members of the Israeli military.
Comments
FE / Canada
''Israel's new live fire law 'dehumanizes a whole nation'''. Nope, it protects Jews from would be murdering Arabs. A bit like the Israeli's Good Neighbor Wall.
26/09/2015 15:02
Tibi / Tubas
-1- The Whole Nation of Palestinians dehumanized itself, with endless
stabbings, shootings, kidnappings, suicide bombings, war crimes, and
-2- The Israel's tolerance of their less deadly stone throwing has ended, with a new live fire law, targeting only those who are acting inhuman !!
26/09/2015 15:10
Still we blame the Juice. / Slovenia
As US President Barack Obama welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping to the White House on Friday, Sept. 25, and spoke of the friendship between the two countries, the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning-CV-16 docked at the Syrian port of Tartus, accompanied by a guided missile cruiser.
26/09/2015 15:18
Joe Fattal / USA
I don't if Israel new fire law it dehumanizes a whole nation, but it does show you that Israel is losing a ground battle against unarmed Palestinians and is making Israel bunch of outlaws running wild killing and stealing the country side. A good image for Netanyahu's Israel.
26/09/2015 15:52
FE / Canada
''Israel's new live fire law 'dehumanizes a whole nation''', Nope it protects Israel’s citizens that are Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Jews, Christians, Shinto, Confucians, Muslims, Baha'i, Atheists and Sikhs.
26/09/2015 17:17
More violence / begets violence
How can a people be dehumanized when the occupiers don't consider them human to begin with. Giving IDF and police discretion is like letting the fox guard the henhouse. It will only get worse as Israeli violence will push Palestinians to another intifada.
26/09/2015 17:57
Outlier / USA
Pretty broad brush there. In fact, typical Palestinian overstatement.
26/09/2015 19:43
ABE / USA
Hey Hamas why don't you try PEACE?
26/09/2015 20:28
Tim / UsSA
I fail to see the problem, shouldn't they just leave Israel alone anyway? Then boom! peace in the middle east
26/09/2015 21:31
Tobias / USA
-1- The policy criticism should have start decades ago, and
It should have been regarding Palestinian encouragement
and tolerance of throwing stones at people and cars, and
-2- This new criticism will justly and equally be ignored !!
26/09/2015 22:34
Tibi / Tubas
-1- Regardless of Palestinian or other rights group's criticisms, the
days of throwing stones, will little or no consequences, has ended. And,
-2- The days of paying dearly (fines, jail time, and bullet-wounds) for such criminal actions, and other forms of "the Resistance", has begun !!
27/09/2015 00:09
Two / Truths
-1- Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt all learned after 3 failed invasion attempts, that ATTACKING ISRAEL IS SELF-DESTRUCTIVE,
and eventually Palestinians will learn the same lesson, which is
-2- Palestinians get hurt far more by throwing stones than Israelis !!
27/09/2015 04:28
Brian Cohen / Israel
Given that Palestinian policy is to shoot Israeli civilians, Erekat does nothing more than prove that Palestine is a dehumanizing nation. The world does not need a nation that praises Palestinians who stick knives into Israeli babies and blow up buses and restaurants full of Israeli families.
27/09/2015 12:42
ian / australia (1)
"Given that Palestinian policy is to shoot Israeli civilians..." Fightin' words, Brian, but does your hate-filled diatribe stand up to reality? If it's "Palestinian policy" to shoot Israelis why is it so many MORE Palestinians (like 100:1) get shot? And if "the world does not need a nation" which has engaged in violent resistance to its invasion by paramilitary occupiers like Udi Fogel,
29/09/2015 23:40
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) what about a nation that rewards feral psychos by letting them get away with homicidal arson (among other abominations to numerous to mention)? Does the world need that?
29/09/2015 23:40
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