Amnesty raps Israeli atrocities in West Bank

Amnesty raps Israeli atrocities in West Bank
Sat May 17, 2014 08:28:58

Amnesty International has fiercely censured the Thursday killing of two young Palestinian protesters by Israeli troops during West Bank rallies marking the anniversary of the regime's occupation of Palestine.

The UK-based rights group said on Friday the killings showed the Israeli forces' continued recklessness in the use of force against the Palestinians.

The group further emphasized that the lethal force had been applied to protesters who could not pose a threat to the Israeli forces.

It has described the Israeli regime’s brutality against the Palestinians as an unacceptable development that needs to be stopped immediately.

The rights group also called for a prompt inquiry into Thursday’s deaths that occurred around the Ofer Military Prison near Ramallah.

“The news that two Palestinians were killed during today’s demonstrations is alarming. Israeli forces have repeatedly resorted to extreme violence to respond to Palestinian protests against Israel’s occupation, discriminatory policies, confiscation of land, and construction of unlawful settlements. The use of unnecessary and excessive force by Israeli forces against protesters in the occupied Palestinian territories.... is unacceptable and must be stopped immediately,” media outlets quoted Philip Luther, director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Amnesty International as saying.

The group also stressed that the Israeli forces must act toward the Palestinians in a manner that respects and upholds human rights.

“Israel ... must ensure that their forces act in a manner that respects and upholds human rights,” Luther noted.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has also said it was considering halting security coordination with the Israeli regime over the recent brutal killings.


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