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Slain Palestinian’s father plans to head to Israeli Supreme Court

Jan. 30, 2017 2:53 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 30, 2017 5:20 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- The father of a Palestinian teen believed to have been shot dead by Israeli forces in 2014 said on Sunday ahead of a court hearing that he was ready to take the case up to the Israeli Supreme Court.

The father of slain Nadim Nuwara, Siyam Nuwara, told Ma’an that a court hearing was scheduled for Monday, and called upon supporters to participate in a protest outside of the court in solidarity.

The prosecution and the court were expected to reach a deal and charge Israeli border police officer Ben Dery with negligent homicide for the death of 17-year-old Nadim who was shot dead with live ammunition in the chest during a rally marking the 66th anniversary of the Nakba outside of the Ofer detention center in the central occupied West Bank.

However, Dery’s lawyers have reportedly rejected the deal, as it stated that Nuwara did not constitute a threat to the soldier when he was shot dead.

Siyam Nuwara said that he would appeal the case to the Israeli Supreme Court to obtain justice for his son.

Another teenager, 15-year-old Muhammad Odeh Abu al-Thahir was also killed during the same 2014 protest.

Israeli security forces initially denied responsibility for the teens' deaths on the grounds that live fire wasn’t used during the demonstration, despite eyewitnesses and video evidence of the incident.

The indictment against Dery said he had switched rubber-coated steel bullets with live bullets on an M-16 while he was present at the protest and shot Nuwara in the chest after he allegedly threw a stone.

In 2016, Israeli media had reported that the military investigation into Nuwara’s death had been shut down due to a lack of evidence -- reports which were dispelled at the time by Siyam Nuwara as “false rumors.”

The Israeli court system has received international criticism for its longstanding policy of immunity for Israeli forces, while Palestinians hold widespread distrust for the system.

A joint investigation by Israeli rights group B’Tselem and Hamoked in 2016 reported that Israel’s court system routinely postpones or slows down investigations regarding violations against Palestinians, with the intent of pushing families or individuals to eventually drop their case.
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